74 thousand people in total attended the shows, activities, meetings and screenings programmed by the ninth edition of the Festival, attractive for the artistic quality and risk of the national and international productions presented, the inclusion of new sections and venues to the ever-lively Buenos Aires cultural and theatrical circuit (a total of 27 venues across nearly the entire city). Outstanding figures of international theatre in the 21st century such as German director Thomas Ostermeier, Belgian Jan Fabre, Italian Romeo Castellucci, British Matthew Lenton, Uruguayan Roberto Suárez and Chilean Manuela Infante gave greater international prominence to this biennale of performing arts, music and visual arts. The large amount of sold-out performances – for the shows Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio, by Castelucci; The Power of Theatrical Madness, by Fabre’s company Troubleyn; Ein Volksfeind (An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen), staged by Thomas Ostermeier, among others – also reflects the Festival’s massive drawing power over two weeks. The same happened with the major representatives of the local scene, such as Lola Arias, Lisandro Rodríguez, Alberto Ajaka, Mariano Pensotti, Leticia Mazur, Pablo Rotemberg, Claudio Tolcachir, Carlos Casella and Romina Paula, in addition to the cycle of plays by Rafael Spregelburd (including the premiere of “Spam”) and a retrospective dedicated to actor and playwright Alejandro Acobino, who died young in November, 2011.
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The series of films was also highly attractive for festivalgoers, with screenings of films featuring key figures from the international theatrical scene, such as the show “Tambours sur la Digue”, by Ariane Mnouchkine, and the documentary “Brook par Brook” (a portrait of Peter Brook made by his son). There were also screenings of Argentine films: “Los posibles”, by Santiago Mitre and Juan Onofri Barbato, “Viola” and “Rosalinda”, by Matías Piñeiro; in addition to a revealing documentary on Serbian performer Marina Abramovic, among other titles. From the Festival’s opening night performance of “Fous de Bassin”, by French company ilotopie, in Puerto Madero, all the way to the last activities held yesterday (the performance of “Las multitudes”, by Federico León; and the screening of “Viola” by Matías Piñeiro), Buenos Aires was without a doubt the world capital of theatre – a treat and a source of pride for everyone.