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Pasadena City College Presents Medieval Spanish Popular Theater

April 28, 2005

The Pasadena City College Spanish Theater Group, "Troteateatro," invites students, actors and the audience into the fascinating world of the "juglar" - juggler - and the romance poem as PCC presents "Historias Para Ser Contadas en Tiempos de Guerra," ("Poems to be Told During Time of War") on April 29.

In times when books were not readily available to the general public, jugglers and jesters used to tell stories to entertain in the streets.

These "romance" poems featured an indefinite number of verses and were the oral tradition until the end of 19th century when they were written and published.

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"They told stories that involved many people so the storytellers had to use gestures and body language to portray the different characters," said Lola Proaño-Gomez, professor of languages and co-collaborator of "Historias para ser contadas en tiempos de Guerra." "In general, when they changed postures, they also had to change their voices in order to accommodate them to the different characters of the poem."

These romances are taught in any Spanish program, in every school, college and university all over the world.

"Historias para ser contadas en tiempos de Guerra" is offered in Harberson Hall on the Pasadena City College campus, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. The performance begins at 8 p.m., and admission is free.

For more information, call 626-585-7664

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