be' Shkèna means in the dialect of indigenous bribrí: " Good
morning " Nevertheless the natives bribrís use this phrase to all
hours of the day, so it can bee understood as a greeting in general.
Our group took this name in honour to the indigenous brothers of
1996: Is be' Shkèna started in August of 1996 with the purpose
of presenting the folklore and the Costa Rican popular culture by
means of the dance, music and theatre. In his first 6 months the
group had more than 50 presentations all over the country.
In February of 1997, Is be' Shkèna received an invitation by the
Cultural Organisation "Raíces de México" (English: "Mexico's Roots")
to participate in the "National Festival of Folkloric Dance Tlaxcala
97 " and in "26° Fair of May in Puebla 1997 " in Mexico. In this
first international tour Is be' Shkèna visits the states
of Puebla, Tlaxcala and Veracruz, making 30 performances in 20 days
of tour, presenting their show to more than 9,800 Mexicans in theatres,
theatres, audiences, schools and schools. In addition making presentations
in the radio and the Mexican television.
The Ministry of Public Education, the Ministry of Culture, Youth
and Sports, the Direction of Culture of the Municipality of San
José, the Office of the First Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica,
the National Consultant's office of Musical Education and the Legislative
Assembly, send in different opportunities, invitations to the group
during that year to make important presentations in Costa Rica.
In the same year the group made his second
international tour to Mexico visiting Puebla, Tlaxcala and
Veracruz and presenting their work to more than 10.000 Mexicans.
For this tour, a small section of folkloric dance was included.
Is be' Shkèna integrates as" Assigned Group " to the Folkloric Association
and Popular Culture of Costa Rica " Emilia Prieto Tugores " (AFOCUP).
They are integrated to the AGICUP (Association of Groups and interprets
of the Popular Culture of Costa Rica), an association which is represented
in " FIA 98 " (Festival of the International Arts in San Jose, Costa
In January of 1999 the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports
by means of the program "Becas-Taller" grants to the Musical
section of Is be' Shkèna the opportunity to make a
recording which include themes of the Costa Rican and Latin
American folklore, as well as some songs that correspond to
"Is be' Shkèna Espectáculo 1998" which they presented in the
Tour to the Mexican Republic. The editing of the recording
was targeted to January of 2001
In 2000 Is be' Shkèna makes a new folkloric spectacle, with
music, dance and theatre called "Estampas
Ticas". It integrated 12 dancers presented music and
dances of different regions from Costa Rica.
In January of this year the group started their third
international tour to Mexico, promoting the
compact disc that was published in January and that includes
11 musical themes of the spectacle "
Estampas Ticas". This tour was made in the state of Puebla
fulfilling 24 performances including spectacles, interviews of radio
and television, programs of TV and presentations in theatres, schools,
parks and public places. In July and August the group made their
tour to Spain and Portugal, participating in several international
and local festivals folkloric. In December they receive the prize
to the Best Record Production of the
Year in Typical Music 2000-2001 of Costa Rica.