April 20, 2007

Unique Collaboration Between La Jolla Country Day and the University of Baja California

La Jolla Country Day School students will perform “Los Niños de Sal” (Children of the Salt), by Mexican playwright Hernan Galindo, in both English and Spanish on both sides of the border beginning next Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

This unique artistic collaboration between Country Day faculty members, Scott Feldsher, Upper School drama teacher, Sarah Golden, Upper School English and speech teacher, and Jaquelin Dutson, Upper School Spanish teacher, with Theater Professor Javier Vera from the University of Baja California in Tijuana began last year when LJCDS faculty received a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation.

“Our bicultural/bilingual project began when we took Country Day students to an international arts festival in Guanajuato, Mexico last October,” says Ms. Golden. “When we returned we decided to collaborate with colleagues and students in Tijuana in order to stage a contemporary Mexican play in both Spanish and English, with students from both countries so they could learn more about each other culturally, socially, and artistically.”

Spanish-speaking Country Day students worked very hard to translate “Los Niños de Sal” into English for several months, and rehearsals have been ongoing on both sides of the border with students from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, a prominent University in Tijuana. Although the performances will be inspiring, heightening awareness and respect among neighbors along our common border is at the heart of the project, says Ms. Dutson

“In spite of being so close geographically in this border region, we are really so far away,” she says. “We share a border and a very intertwined future. This is the future, and these kids are much more advanced because they are living globalization on a daily basis.”

“Los Niños de Sal” is the story of a group of children in a small coastal village who grapple with growing up and identity. It is a memory play which follows one of the groups struggle to find “home” within this small town context.

Performances in English will be at La Jolla Country Day School on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Performances in Spanish will be at La Jolla Country Day School on Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. and on Sunday April 29 at 2 p.m. Performance dates in Tijuana are TBA.

For more information, please contact Sarah Golden, Upper School English and Speech teacher, at (858) 453-3440 x114.

La Jolla Country Day School is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian, not-for-profit college preparatory school for 1,050 students in Nursery through Grade 12. The school’s mission is to prepare individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility.

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