Inspirado en las vidas de Leonora Carrington y Remedios Varo
The Love that Moves the Sun and Other Stars
A Radio Play, presented in Spanish
Inspired by the lives of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo
Written and Directed by Karen Lisondra
Sound Design by Amado Espinoza
Oct. 29, 7pm KKFI 90.1FM
Nov. 1, 7pm Facebook LIVE*
*with English Subtitles
José Faus, Gustavo Restrepo, Eugenio Gonzalez, Jerry Mañan, Tina Bilberry, Nita Norris, Maria Antonia Perez, Don Maxwell, Freddy Acevedo, Ariel Bugosén, Mikal Shapiro, Dario Rugerio, Andres Ramirez
Karen Lisondra was an original cast member in the physical theatre company Fuerza Bruta (Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lisbon, Portugal), and toured the globe as Calypso with the Teatro de los Andes’ production of Homer’s The Odyssey (Yotala, Bolivia). Her one-woman show Mocambo, which she wrote and directed, won three prestigious national awards in Bolivia, including Best Actress (Peter Travesi Awards 2012, Eduardo Avaroa Awards 2013) and Best Director (Eduardo Avaroa Awards 2013), given by the Ministry of Culture.
In Kansas City, MO, Karen directed We are the Landscape, a devised contemporary indigenous performance in 2016 and most recently finished producing/directing the Bolivian tour of Pachakutec, a spanish-language adaption of the Storytelling Project, a devised work she directed for the 2nd Year Grad School Theatre Department at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
She trained with renowned directors in South America: Guillermo Angelelli (Ponte de Vento, with Iben Rasmussen), Gabriel Chame (Cirque de Soleil) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cesar Brie (Teatro de los Andes, Odin Theatre Actor) and Diego Aramburo (Kiknteatro, student of Jerzy Grotowsky); she has trained actors for Teatro Tierra in Bogota, Columbia, and Artist-In-Residence with the Theatre Epi d’Or in Pontigny, France, developing ideas for the Festival du Artes Sacres, 2014.
In Bolivia, she taught theatre, trapeze and acrobatics at El Tapeque, Bolivia’s premier social circus for at-risk youth, helping develop various ensemble pieces about immigration, adolescent love, and self-esteem. She was a directorial consultant with Atempo Dance company (Cochabamba, Bolivia). In Kansas City, MO, she taught theatre at Alta Vista Academia de Niños in 2014, at Woodland-Edison Classical Academy from 1999 – 2001.
She teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 2015 and is a practitioner of Chen style Tai Chi under Chen Huixian, 20th generation direct descendent of Chen family Tai Chi.
Amado Espinoza is a unique performing artist, composer and
instrument maker from Cochabamba, Bolivia, that respects his folk traditions of the Andes Mountains while creating compositions that are sincere to his musical-wanderlust personality. A graduate of Milan Conservatory in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Amado
specializes in the Bolivian Charango, yet demonstrates skill in hand percussion and native flutes from different cultures around the globe. The master craftsmanship of the instruments he constructs, whether it be from wood, metal, coconut or recycled
pvc, makes the process of his music-making more organic, innovative, and often surprising.
Amado works as a solo performer and with his groups Ayllu, Colectivo Yanquitl, and the Amado Espinoza Trio. He is a featured artist with Ensemble Iberica (Kansas City, MO), Oil rock band (Cochabamba, Bolivia) and for yoga/sound therapy meditations.
Since making Kansas City his home in 2014, Amado has been featured on TedxKC, Kansas City Folk Festival, Native American Harvest Moon Festival, and more. He is a grant recipient of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program (2019), Folk Alliance International Music Conference scholarship recipient (2015), ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient (2016), Charlotte St. Foundation resident (2015-2017) and 2017 Generative Performing Arts Fellow. He composes for film, theatre, and dance, most notably We are the Landscape (2016), a
contemporary indigenous stage performance in Kansas City, Mo, The Storytelling Project (2018) with UMKC MFA Theatre Program, and Pachakutec (2019) Bolivian Tour. In October, 2019, Amado was invited by the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, to give a masterclass on Andean Music, with emphasis on pre-columbian instruments.
He co-founded Resonation Music and Arts, LLC with theatre-artist Karen Lisondra to use educational programming to inspire curiosity and respect for world cultures through music, dance, and storytelling.