The play is called “The diamond thief”. It was presented twice in a row last Tuesday at the National Theater in downtown San José.
Nine professional dancers took the stage guided by the choreographer Gustavo Hernández, from the University Dance Company of the University of Costa Rica (UCR).
But eight deaf children studying at the Fernando Centeno Güell School were also on stage.
It’s a performance to show that dance is a tool for these children to see themselves inwardly (…) makes them feel more self-confident, safer by knowing their environment, and they realize they are capable of doing this,”
said Carolina Valenzuela, producer of the Company of the UCR.
It is a university project called “My body, my voice” and intended to exploit body expression as a means of communication for these children. Hernandez worked with the team for six months before they came on stage.
Initially, this show was going to be presented in 2018, but the authorities of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) asked that it be presented this Tuesday, November 21st, twice, once at 10:00 a.m. and once at 12:10 p.m., as part of the Teatro al Mediodía program.
The first function was attended by about 500 children from schools near downtown San José, while in the afternoon 355 people visited the theater on Tuesdays during lunch.