History

1969- At the city of Campana, province of Buenos Aires, in the Argentine Republic, it is founded "The Experimental Theatre Center", the first step of what La Comedia de Campana is today. That Institution, composed mostly by young students, put in scene the following plays:

1970- "El Túnel", by Guillermo Rodoni.

1971- "Farsa del Corazón" ("The heart's story"), by Atilio Betti

1973- "La Vida que te di" ("Life I gave you"), by Luigi Pirandello

1973- The Government of Campana proposed to the Experimental Theatre Center the organization and setting up of a theatre school. So it burns the Municipal Theatre School, directed by Guillermo Rodoni, where people can learn the techniques to practice theatre trough in a career of two years with five main items, as: History of the Theatre, Reading and understanding theatre plays, Introduction to Dance, Voice Education and Dramatic Art.

1974- At the end of the first year of work, it is put in scene the play "Israfel", by Abelardo Castillo, as a special show of the students with the participation of the actors and actresses of the Experimental Theatre Center.

1974- With the first actresses and actors that had completed La Comedia de Campana, a Institution that by that epoch was official, as a part of the Culture Department of the Municipality. For that instance it was made the representation of the plays: "La Isla Desierta" ("The desert Island"), by Roberto Arlt, y "La Lista" ("The List"), by Agustín Vigo Giai.

Since that moment, La Comedia de Campana, always under the direction of Guillermo Rodoni, put in scene the following plays:

1975- "Las de Barranco", by Gregorio de Laferrere

1975- "La Isla Desierta" ("The desert Island") (Another version)

1975- "El Jardín del Infierno" ("The garden of the hell"), by Osvaldo Dragún

1976- "El Santo y la Chancha" ("The Saint and the Pig"), by Ariano Suassuna

1976- "Los Derechos de la Salud" ("The rights of the health"), by Florencio Sánchez

1978- "Usted y yo... nosotros?" ("You and I... we?"), by Roberto Pollacchia

1979- "La Importancia de llamarse Ernesto" ("The importance of being Ernest"), by Oscar Wilde

1979- "Escorial", by Michel de Ghelderode

1981- "Los Prójimos" ("The neighbors"), by Carlos Gorostiza

1982- "La Depresión" ("The depression"), by Julio Mauricio

1983- "Los Hermanos Queridos" ("Lovely brothers"), by Carlos Gorostiza

1984- "El Amasijo", ("A different Sunday") by Osvaldo Dragún

1984- "Segundo Tiempo" ("Second round"), by Ricardo Halac

1985- "Open Theatre", composed by: "Historias para ser contadas" ("Stories to be told") and "Los de la Mesa 10" ("The couple at table 10 th"), by Osvaldo Dragún

1985- "El Gran Deschave", by Armando Chulak y Sergio De Cecco

1985- "¿A qué Jugamos?" ("What do you want to play"), by Carlos Gorostiza

1986- "En Boca Cerrada" ("Shutted mouth"), by Juan Carlos Badillo

1987- "Esto es Teatro" ("This is Theatre"), composed by: "El Acusado" ("Suspected man"), by Ana Barrionuevo and "Historia de un flemón, una mujer y dos hombres" ("Story of a teeth ache, a woman and two men"), by Osvaldo Dragún.

1988- "Ensayo General" ("General practice"), composed by: "La Ordenanza" ("The maid"), by Ana Barrionuevo, "Hijos del Proceso" ("Argentine military process's sons"), collective performance by La Comedia de Campana .

1988- "Usted... es... o no es...?" ("Are you?... or you aren't"), composed by: "El Propietario" ("The owner"), by Roberto Espina, "Ser o no ser" ("To be or not to be"), by Roberto Espina y "La historia del hombre que se convirtió en perro" ("The story of the man who became a dog"), by Osvaldo Dragún.

1988- "El Nuevo Mundo" ("America, the new world"), by Carlos Somigliana

1988- "Yo acuso... distinguido público" ("I accuse, dear spectators"), by Sandro Balanza

1990- "Está todo bien" ("Everything's OK"), collective performance by La Comedia de Campana

1991- "Pedro y el Capitán", ("Pedro and the captain") by Mario Benedetti (Version for radio))

1993- "No hay que mostrar la Cola!" ("Must not show the tail"), by Guillermo Rodoni

1994- "Hay que apagar el fuego" ("One must turn off the fire"), by Carlos Gorostiza

1994- "Camino Negro" ("Dangerous road"), by Oscar Viale.

1995- "Sex-Symbol", by Oscar Viale.

1995- "Pluripersonal para Vivir Viviendo" ("To live living"), with texts by several authors.

1996- "Haciendo Tiempo" ("Waiting"), by Eduardo Pogoriles

1997- "Camino Negro" ("Dangerous road"), by Oscar Viale (Another version)

1998- "No hay que mostrar la cola!" ("One must not show the tail"), by Guillermo Rodoni (Another Versión).

1998- "Haciendo Tiempo" (Second version).

1998- "Destino de dos cosas o de tres" ("Destiny of two things or three"), by Rafael Spregelburd

1998- "Des Tiempo" ("Out of time"), by Eugenio Griffero

1999- "Encuentro en el parque peligroso" ("Being at the dangerous park"), by Rodolfo Santana

2000- "Viejos Hospitales" ("Old Hospitals"), by Alejandro Finzi

2001- "Haciendo Tiempo" (Third version)

2002- "Como un puñal en las carnes" ("As a dagger in the flesh"), by Mauricio Kartun

2002- "La isla del fin del siglo" ("The island of the century's end"), by Alejandro Finzi

2003- "Lisístrata" (Lysistrata), by Aristophanes

2003- "Las de Barranco" ("Family Barranco"), by Gregorio de Laferrere

2004-Natasha”, by Anton Chejov

2004-La Ordenanza("The maid") (New version), by Ana Barrionuevo

2004-Viejas Fotos ("Old Photos"), by Néstor Sabatini

2005-Como un puñal en las carnes("As a dagger in the flesh"), by Mauricio Kartun (second version)

2005-La Mudanza ("The moving"), by Gabriela Jiménez

2005-El Niño Travieso ("The mischievous child"), by Alejandro Finzi

*La Comedia de Campana took part in "Teatro Abierto", the main cultural opposition to the military dictatorial process in Argentina.

*In 1984, the Institution is elected as one of the two Argentine Independent Groups to officially represent our country in the "First Latin-American Theatre Festival Cordoba '84".

*In 1991 the Institution performed a version specially adapted for Radio-Theatre, of the play "Pedro y el Capitán" ("Pedro and the Captain"), by the Uruguayan playwright Mario Benedetti.

~~La Comedia de Campana, since the begining till now, has formed 122 actors and actresses, who took part in its performances..

~~Until 1995, the school and workshops of La Comedia de Campana, have received 753 students of different ages.

~~Until 1996 the Institution is no more an official theatre, passing to be an Independent Theatre Group.

~~La Comedia de Campana has got the best response from public and criticism and most of its actors and actresses were rewarded many times. During 1997 the Group was named Regional Comedy of the Province of Buenos Aires, a distintion which is obtained annualy after the participation in the Regional Festival. This year 1999, by second time, the Institution occupies the same rol.

~~ En 1997 La Comedia de Campana has been declared of "official interest" by a resolution of the Chamber of Representators of the Province of Buenos Aires.

~~In January 1998, La Comedia de Campana is invited by Dn. Enrique Buenaventura to perform in the room of the Teatro Experimental de Cali (T.E.C.) in Colombia. Since January 26th to February 17th, the Gruoup performed in that house the plays: "Haciendo Tiempo", by Eduardo Pogoriles, and "No hay que mostrar la cola!", by Guillermo Rodoni, with the best resonance on calenian people.

~~In July 1998, La Comedia de Campana has obtained its most ambitious project, which was to get its own theatre room. Its name is Teatro del Sol (Theatre of the Sun). Actually all the workshops take place there, an so it happens with the public performances, which take place every Saturdays and Sundays.

~~Also in 1998, La Comedia de Campana has participated in the following International TheatreFestivals:

  • International Theatre Festival "Carlos Denis", at the city of Barquisimeto, in Venezuela.
  • West International Theatre Festival, at the city of Guanare, in Venezuela.
  • University Theatre International Festival, at the city of Cúcuta, in Colombia.
  • International Festival of the Theatre San Martín of Caracas, "Fiesta '98", at the venezolan Capitol City.

~~In 1999, La Comedia de Campana has participated in the following international events:

  • International AITA / IATA Theater Festival at El Jadida (Morocco)
  • International Festival of the Theatre San Martín of Caracas, "Fiesta '99", at the Venezolan Capitol City.

~~In 2000, La Comedia de Campana has participated in the following international events:

  • International Theatre Festival of Prague "MB(Apostrophe99)", in the Czech Republic.
  •  "Meeting Place 2000 - Forum for the Future", in Slagelse, Denmark.

~~In 2001, La Comedia de Campana took part in the following international events:

  • International Theatre Festival of Prague "MB(Apostrophe99)", in the Czech Republic, with the play "Destiny of two things or of three", by Rafael Spregelburd. The event was opened with the performance created the last year by the international cast directed by Rodoni.
  • International Festival of Latvia, at the city of Jürmala in the Republic of Latvia (ex-Soviet Union). Guillermo Rodoni was there invited by the Czech grop 'Pro100r" of Brno.
  • World Theatre Festival of Mónaco. Guillermo Rodoni took part in the General Assembly of  AITA / IATA, in representation of Argentina. In this oportunity,  Argentina was accepted as a National Center of the global NGO..
  • Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre, in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Guillermo Rodoni has been invited by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture to be member of the International Jury of the event. At the same time, he took part in the Main Symposium "Reality and challenges of Experimental Theatre now".

~~In August 2002, La Comedia de Campana has participated in the 9º National Theatre Festival of Rio Ceballos, at the Province of Córdoba, performing the play "Viejos hospitales", by Alejandro Finzi. In the Event, Rodoni has been distinguished with the award for the work developed by him for the benefit of Argentinean Theater.

~~In 2003, La Comedia de Campana took part in the following events:

  • World Theatre Festival in Halifax (NS), Canada.. Guillermo Rodoni took part in the General Assembly of  AITA / IATA, in representation of Argentina. In this oportunity,  became a member of the Council of the NGO..
  • Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre, in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Ana Barrionuevo has been invited by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture to be member of the International Jury of the event.
  • In August 2002, La Comedia de Campana has participated in the 9º National Theatre Festival of Rio Ceballos, at the Province of Córdoba, performing the plays "Haciendo Tiempo" ("Passing Time"), by Eduardo Pogoriles and "Como un puñal en las carnes" ("Like a knife in the flesh"), by Mauricio Kartun. In the Event, Ana Barrionuevo has been invited to perform the play "Viejos Hospitales"("Old Hospitals"), by Alejandro Finzi, in the city of Salsipuedes.

~~ In July 2004 Guillermo Rodoni took part in the AITA/IATA Council Meeting in Havanna, Cuba, where the 8th Internacional Children and YouthTheatre Festival was developed.

~~ In December 2004 he is invited by the Colombian Network of Comunity Theatre to be part of the Discussion Forum of the 9th National Comunity Youth Theatre Meeting that takes place in the city of Medellin organized by Corporación Cultural Nuestra Gente.

~~ In February 2005 Guillermo Rodoni is invited to visit the Republic of Estonia, in Eastern Europe, to establish a closer relationship between the Estonian Amateur Theatre Association and the Argentine independent theatre.

~~ In August of the same year, in Monaco, the AITA/IATA General Assembly elects Guillermo Rodoni for being part of its Executive Board in the post of Spanish Speaking Secretary.

~~ At the end of this same month “La Comedia de Campana” took part in the National Theatre Festival of Rio Ceballos, in the Argentine Province of Cordoba, performing the play “Viejas Fotos” ("Old Photos") by Néstor Sabatini.

~~ In October 2005 “La Comedia de Campana” took part in the  “Meeting Place 2005 – A tribute to Hans Christian Andersen”, in the city of Esbjerg, in Denmark. In that event the group performed the opening of the play “El Niño Travieso ("The Mischievous Child"), especially written for that purpose by the Argentine playwright Alejandro Finzi, based upon Andersen's tale "The Naughty Boy".

~~ In November 2005, “La Comedia de Campana” took part in the  “10th National Community Youth Theatre Meeting”, organized by Corporación Cultural Nuestra Gente in the city of Medellin..There, the group put in scene two plays: “No hay que mostrar la cola” ("One must not show the tail"), especially remade for that event, and “Como un puñal en las carnes("As a dagger in the flesh").

Since 1998, La Comedia de Campana   manages its own theatre room whose name is "Teatro del Sol". Lots of artists and theatre groups from Argentina and abroad are permanently welcome to perform there. .

At the present, "Teatro del Sol" is the official house of the South American Regional Alliance of Theatre (SARA) in Argentina.

Guillermo Rodoni is Member of the Executive Board (Spanish Speaking Secretary) of the World Theatre Organization AITA / IATA, NGO officially related with UNESCO, composed by more than 100 countries from 5 continents, .