Greenhalgh, Jill

Tiempos De Magdalena - Ecuador

Jill Greenhalgh was supported to participate in the first Magdalena Project to be sated in Ecuador. The Magdalena Project – International Network of Women in Contemporary Theatre was established in Wales in 1986 and has since expanded to have a presence in over 50 countries.

The festival was initiated by Susana Nicolalde of Mandragora Theatre in Quito, and events took place in two major venues in Quito. The ten day festival attracted artists from all over South America and Europe, and was packed with workshops, performances, discussion forums and meetings.

Jill took part in the forums and lead one of them on The History of the Magdalena Project. She also led a 5 day workshop process with a group of women and performers. The theme was ‘Daughter’, building on previous work in Cuba, Spain and Brazil. They performed the resulting work to an audience of over 100 people, and Jill was invited to take this work forward in Peru and Colombia in the future.

Jill concluded:

"The Magdalena Project has extended hugely in Latin America since the mid ‘90’s. And I believe is having a significant influence on the cultural politics and landscape of these countries. in the coming year we have proposals for Magdalena Festivals to be staged in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and Brazil.

There will also be Festival in Montpellier in France and in India in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The growth of this project is at times quite overwhelming and it is impossible for me, as founder, to attend everything that is staged. The reward however of the success and more importantly – the need – for this work, this Project, this opportunity, for women to share their work, is something I am very proud of."

More information about the Magdalena project in this video:

Magdalena from Sara Penrhyn Jones on Vimeo.

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