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Mexico’s National Center for the Arts (Cenart), a subsidiary of the country’s Culture Secretariat, premiered on Thursday, April 28, an abstract, multimedia production of “The Szechuan School of Human Pain,” a powerful play based on the novel with the same name by Mexican-Peruvian author Mario Bellatin.

Set in imperial China, the play, which includes a wide range of expressions from television broadcasts to live tattooing, is performed by the avant garde Festín Efímero theater company, and tells the story of the pain of deformed and mutilated persons and their struggle to assimilate into general society.

At a thematic level, the play explores the very concept of pain, focusing primarily on social isolation and death, and how these experiences contribute to societal decomposition.

The play, which will run through May 22, is being presented at the Cenart Arts Forum, located at Avenida Río Churubusco 79 in Mexico City’s Churubusco, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m.

Tickets are 150 pesos per person (30 pesos on Thursdays) and can be purchased through TicketMaster or at the door.


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