The Colombian Opera and Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra present Puccini’s Turandot, about the daughter of the Chinese Emperor Altoum. Turandot promises her father Altoum that she will only marry a man who can complete three puzzles set by him. But the punishment for those who try and fail is death.
Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, Carrera 7 #22-47, October 2 & 4, 7:30pm
This black comedy sees the director Paolo Magelli return to Bogota after several successful stints at the Iberoamerican Theatre Festival. It’s the tale of seven characters staying in a hotel in the mountains, brought together in decadent surroundings each of whom has skeletons in their closet. Teatro Jorge Eliecer
Gaitan, Carrera 7 #22-47, October 9-11, 8:00pm
Mexican Folkloric Ballet
For over 60 years, the Mexican Folkloric Ballet has cemented and tweaked its own unique style and blessed Mexican and international stages, gaining worldwide recognition.
Teatro Roberto Arias Perez, Calle 26 #25-40, October 16 & 17 at 8:00pm, October 18 at 4:00pm & 8:00pm, October 19 at 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Bonita Pero Complicada
At a desk, in what could be any office, sits Teresa Londoño, the secretary to the vice-president, alone and helpless, on the point of smashing the phone that rings every 30 seconds with some inane problem that she has to immediately solve: her jealous ex-husband, her boss who needs her to update the DATA FX table, the boss’s wife, her kids home alone, the boss’s girlfriend, a colleague who is sexually harassing her, her boss asking her what the fuck happened with the updating of the DATA FX table. In this comic performance, Teresa ends up committing an error that leaves it unclear whether she was the victim or the perpetrator.
Teatro Astor Plaza, Calle 67 #11-58, Thursday to Saturday, Until October 18, 8:30pm
El Hombre Reina y La Mujer Gobierna
Somewhere between theatrical monologue and stand-up comedy, Luz Estrada follows the history of womankind from the Garden of Eden to the world of porn films. Estrada takes on the role of several women, including Lilith, Adam’s first wife, the Virgin Mary, Locusta, the first serial killer, and Lola Montes, inventor of the striptease amongst others. This show aims to demonstrate the power and importance of women through history and does so with hilarity.
La Comedia Teatro, Carrera 49 #94-06, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 6:00pm and 8:00pm, Until October 25
La Risa Cada 10 Segundos
All the way from Barcelona, this hilarious play pulls out some of the best bits of Tricicle’s seven plays to date. Enjoy side-splitting sketches, characters and scenes from everyday life, with a unique spin that will have you gasping for breath.
Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, Carrera 7 #22-47, October 23-25, 8:00pm
Moure & De Francisco: Un Sit-down Tragedy
The celebrated satirical duo who set the standard in humour for a generation of Colombians return with a ‘public psychoanalysis.’ Bringing their trademark irreverent, scathing sense of humour to bear on topics ranging from football to politics, the simple set up of ‘doctor’s office’ belies a sophisticated set of jokes. Guaranteed to bring the house down.
Teatro Nacional Fanny Mikey, Calle 71 #10–25, Wednesday to Friday, Until October 31, 8:30pm
La Molestia Aparte
Diego Trujillo and Marcela Gallego perform a critique of Colombia’s current health system.
Teatro Nacional Fanny Mikey, Calle 71 #10–25, Until November 2, Saturdays at 6pm and 8:30pm, Sundays at 6pm