The University of Costa Rica promotes a wide variety of groups in diverse areas of artistic expression, such as dance, music, visual arts, and theater, extended to different university campuses and communities in the country. The groups are ascribed to instances such as the Vice Presidency of Student Affairs and the Vice Presidency of Social Affairs.
The so-called university representation groups are those that manage their own agenda and receive the support of the University in the development of their projects and daily activities. These groups are led by professionals in the field, which guarantees the students’ artistic growth, who also benefit from an encouragement scholarship that exempts them from the payment of tuition.
The University also has Cultural Outreach projects and free courses that allow the university community and the public at large to venture in different artistic practices, contributing to the integral development of the Institution’s students and the country’s citizens.
Founded in 1978, Danza Universitaria, also known as Danza U, is the oldest contemporary dance company in Costa Rica. For its artistic quality, themes, and perseverance, it is seen as a reference of the development of the Costa Rican dance movement. It has been and it remains an important dance school, preparing ballet dancers and choreographers, who have extended the scope of this art in the country.
From its beginnings Danza U has captured in its works essential topics of contemporary issues, which characterize it as a company committed with social reflection and involvement. Its works have been admired in countries like Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Germany, and China.
Danza Universitaria was awarded the Best National Group Award in 2006, granted by the Department of Culture, in addition to many national awards received for best group and best choreography.
Danza U has a related project called Danza Abierta, or Open Dance, which focuses on the training and development of young ballet dancers and dance students, with special emphasis on the technical development of contemporary dance and classic ballet. This group makes its on-stage presence by means of the creation and public presentation of choreographies and shows.
In DanzÚ of the University of Costa Rica, we find the conjugation of the music, images, and movements that characterize contemporary dance. By means of rhythm and space, ballet dancers communicate different topics of the human experience.
The representation group DanzÚ, under the Sports, Recreational, and Artistic Programs of the Vice Presidency of Student Affairs, is composed of university students who undergo an audition process.
Furthermore, every year the Institution offers free contemporary dance and contemporary ballet courses, without academic requirements intended for the university community and to the public at large.
For further information, contact the Area of Artistic Practices, visit the DanzÚ UCR or Prácticas Artísticas UCR Facebook profiles, call 2511-5040 or write to danzu. or ucr.cr@gmai l.compracticasart . isticas.updra@ucr. ac.cr
The hip hop representation group of the Universidad de Costa Rica Urban Sector works with choreographic movement, as a musical contemporary manifestation and with some use of jazz steps.
The group is made up by students of different programs in the Institution, who are selected through an audition process. In this space of artistic expression, the team works on aspects such as coordination, rhythm, and movement.
The University of Costa Rica also has free hip hop courses for university students and for the public in general. They are designed to offer health and artistic recreation and encouraging the work of the body and the mind in a relaxing, entertaining and modern way.
For further information, inquire at the Área de Prácticas Artísticas, visit the Sector Urbano UCR or Prácticas Artísticas UCR Facebook profiles, call 2511-5040 or write to practicasart . isticas.updra@ucr. ac.cr
The Son de la U representation group develops its movement work based on popular Latin-American rhythms, such as merengue, salsa, creole swing, danzón, bolero, cumbia, and others.
Son de la U is a group made up by University students of different fields, who, along with its choreographer, engage in the exploration of ballroom dances and their development in Costa Rica.
Also, the Area of Artistic Practices of Sports, Recreational and Artistic Programs offers free courses of popular dances open to the university community and the public at large that are especially designed to provide health and artistic recreation to everyone who wishes to join.
The Folk Dance Company of the University of Costa Rica is among the cultural groups with the longest trajectory in the Institution. Founded in 1978, the Company is composed by students of different fields who develop a creative process under four fundamental axes: integration, investigation, projection and staging.
This representation group has had the valuable contribution of renowned folklorists and choreographers. Its members conduct a research process that reveals the features of the Costa Rican culture through dance and are inspired by their own life experiences and desires to explore new paths.
The Company performs inside and outside the country, in multiple stages at institutions, communities and festivals.
The Huanacaxtle Dance Company, that in the Náhuatl language means ‘tree of ears,’ is a space where students of the Guanacaste Campus have the opportunity to explore and develop in the field of traditional dances of the region and to investigate on their folklore, history, and culture.
With a cast integrated by ballet dancers from different study programs, the artistic proposal of the Company has been recognized inside and outside of Costa Rica, in countries like Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Peru.
Among other Cultural Outreach Projects of the Guanacaste campus, the Children’s Folk Dance School is a space where girls and boys can develop their creative capacities and their artistic sensitivity by means of dance workshops and research, in addition to creating awareness with respect to regional and national identity.
As a promoter of the Costa Rican identity and of the country’s cultural diversity, the Universidad de Costa Rica fosters a series of artistic folk and popular dance groups, extended to different communities.
The following groups are Cultural Outreach projects of the Vice Presidency of Social Affairs.
Started in 1955, the University Choir has positioned itself as the mixed-voice choir with the longest trajectory and history in the University of Costa Rica; for this reason, it is considered to be the ‘dean’ of the Costa Rican choirs. It was founded by maestro Carlos Enrique Vargas by request of former university president Rodrigo Facio and former Secretary General Carlos Monge Alfaro. In 2011 the choir was nominated as Emblematic Institutional Group of the UCR.
It has a varied repertoire composed by the Regular Program (works of universal, Latin-American, and Costa Rican repertoire) and the Christmas Program (ancient classical and popular Christmas songs).
Under the Vice Presidency of Student Affairs, the Choir is a representation group integrated by students of different programs, employees, alumni, and other persons related to the University.
For further information inquire at Área de Prácticas Artísticas, visit the Coro Universitario de la Universidad de Costa Rica or Prácticas Artísticas UCR Facebook profiles, call 2511-5040 or write to aec or ucr@gmai l.compracticasart . isticas.updra@ucr. ac.cr
The Basic Stages of Music (EBM, for its initials in Spanish) constitutes a high level program of education and integral artistic management that teaches children and young people how to play different instruments. It also organizes concert seasons, festivals, and camps.
It originated in the decade of the seventies with the purpose of creating opportunities for children and young people living far from the Central Valley to develop in the field of music.
With the Basic Stages of Music students acquire an adequate level to continue with university music studies. The study programs are designed for children and young people with musical aptitudes and talents in instruments such as the marimba, the trumpet, the flute, the clarinet, the saxophone, percussion, guitar, violin, cello, and in singing, among others.
The University of Costa Rica has implemented Basic Stages of Music in Limón, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Turrialba, and San Pedro de Montes de Oca, in addition to the Conservatorio de la Música de Occidente in Palmares.
At the end of the program, the students receive a certificate of completion of studies issued by the University. For further information, contact Extensión Cultural of the Vice Presidency of Social Affairs.
In addition to performing songs of the north, the south, Latin America, and the Caribbean, the Experimental Musical Group of the University of Costa Rica innovates with a methodological proposal that allows its members to dance, recite, and express a message about values such as solidarity, peace, and justice in every presentation.
This representation group of the University of Costa Rica performs a popular Latin-American repertoire, as well as trove and songs of social and critical content with the use of string (guitars and bass), percussion, and wind instruments, among others. Its repertoire is based on compositions developed by the members based on collective research activities.
Previously known as the Rondalla UCR, the group changed its name to Experimental Musical Group in 2000. Its members are students of the Universidad de Costa Rica.
In the Musical Expression Development Workshop (TAFOREM, for its initials in Spanish) of the University of Costa Rica, musicians develop in a space that allows the exploration of different contemporary rhythms and their fusion with others.
This representation group is integrated by university students who work with a repertoire of different rhythms, such as calypso, Latin-American rhythms, acoustic music, and different fields in accordance with the subject-matter under research. Its works are performed by one ensemble composed by saxophone, flute, guitar, bass, percussion, and voices.
The Artenmutación Group is a representation group of the University of Costa Rica that offers a trans-disciplinary space of artistic creation for students of different fields, who have the opportunity to explore and produce graphic action, theater, and visual, social, sound, literary, and spatial art, among others.
Since its beginnings, in January of 2010, the Group has allowed its members to share experiences, tools, and languages characteristic of their disciplines for the creation of exercises in group, artistic productions, and performance events
For further information inquire at Área de Prácticas Artísticas, visit the Colectivo Artenmutación UCR or Prácticas Artísticas UCR Facebook profiles, call 2511-5040 or write to practicasart . isticas.updra@ucr. ac.cr
La Efe is a representation group of the University of Costa Rica for plastic and spatial arts that seeks to visually change public spaces. It is focused on the visual arts, but its methodology is interdisciplinary.
The foundation of its projects is the process of investigation and artistic action to build facilities and to carry out spatial interventions, which generate interaction with the spectators.
The group is composed by students of different fields, such as Architecture, Visual Arts, Graphic Design, and Psychology. It is a part of Sports, Recreational and Artistic Programs of the Vice Presidency of Student Affairs.
For further information, contact the Área de Prácticas Artísticas, visit the La Efe or the Prácticas Artísticas UCR Facebook profiles, call 2511-5040 or write to grupo or laefe@gmai l.compracticasart . isticas.updra@ucr. ac.cr
The Basic Stage of Arts and Crafts (EBAO, for its initials in Spanish), of the Cultural Outreach Programs, includes a series of projects oriented to the promotion and recognition of handcraft practices.
Ascribed to the Vice Presidency of Social Affairs, the EBAO seeks to build dissemination channels for the traditions of different regions of the country, in order to contribute to the recognition of these practices as Tangible and Intangible Heritage of the peoples. In addition, it offers support in the improvement of work skills and organizational capacities of small entrepreneurs and independent crafts workpeople.
The Basic Stage of Arts and Crafts has projects connected with different regional campuses of the University, as in the Atlantic, Pacific, Guanacaste campuses.
For further information inquire at Extensión Cultural of the Vice Presidency of Social Affairs.
Founded in 1950, the University Theater (TU, for its initials in Spanish) is a professional theater and center for theatrical production, creation, and experimentation, which promotes the search of new forms of expression and the transformation and renewal of the language on stage.
Since its beginnings, the University Theater has been provided with the valuable contribution of directors, actors, and special guest teachers from abroad, from countries like Spain, Uruguay, Peru, the United States, and Iraq, who have contributed with their expertise to the professionalization of TU.
The TU is an active element in the historical evolution of Costa Rican society, while at the same time spreading the theatrical arts among social sectors that otherwise would have no access to it.
It has put in stage over 150 stage productions of Costa Rican, Latin-American, American, and European authors. It also has many national awards, such as Best Group (1994), Best Scenic Production (1994), Best Direction (1997 and 1999) and Best Leading Actress (1997), among other awards received by students, alumni, debutants, teachers of the School of Dramatic Arts, and staging.
The TU goes on national and international tours, takes part in congresses and festivals in America and Europe, among other specific activities like radio shows and theater workshops. It sponsors the Teatro del Sol, an experimental workshop for the students and alumni of the School of Dramatic Arts. It was created in 1997 as support to performers, directors, musicians, stage technicians, and authors, and later turned into a generator of new talents inside the Costa Rican theater movement.
The Teatro Girasol is a cultural, ludic, and reflexive project of the Universidad de Costa Rica which gathers university students of different programs by means of an annual invitation.
In its stagings, the spectator finds a Latin-American or universal repertoire that goes deep into a wide variety of contemporary topics, like issues in relationships, identity, social and existential problems, among others.
Since its start in 1993 and until today, more than 200 students of university programs other than Dramatic Arts have been a part of the cast of actors and actresses, or worked as technicians for the group. In 2008 it received the National Award of Culture as Best Theater Group.
The Theater promotes itself and spreads inside and outside of the country in order to take its works to a diverse audience.
For further information inquire at Escuela de Estudios Generales, in the Área de Prácticas Artísticas of the Vice Presidency of Student Affairs or at Extensión Cultural of the Vice Presidency of Social Affairs, visit the Teatro Girasol Facebook profile, or call 2511-5040.
The Vice Presidency of Social Affairs promotes a series of projects that focus on the promotion of cultural development, artistic expressions, and the dramatic arts in Costa Rica through a series of theater groups in different Regional Campuses of the Institution.
NarrArte consists of a permanent workshop of oral scenic story-telling focused on the rescue of the Costa Rican, Latin-American, and the world’s oral traditions. This university representation group makes use of scenic techniques and disciplines like the clown, the circus, the capoeira and the performance to extend and perfect its skills and physical capacities at the service of storytelling.
It is integrated by students of the Universidad de Costa Rica who select and write the stories that they perform. In special presentations, the stories may be chosen by the event organizers.
NarrArte started in 2006 as an initiative of the CUENTIANDO Group (NarrAndo International Story Tellers). It has a long trajectory of presentations in public spaces, educational institutions, communities, shows, and festivals, inside and outside of the country.
For further information inquire at Área de Prácticas Artísticas, visit the NarrArte Ucr or Prácticas Artísticas UCR Facebook profile, call 2511-5040 or write to narra or rteucr@gmai l.compracticasart . isticas.updra@ucr. ac.cr