A GREAT FESTIVAL CAME TO AN END 21 October 2013
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.
... AND MANY MORE 21 October 2013
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.
SUNDAY’S FILMS 20 October 2013
Films, one of the Festival’s most prominent sections, comes to an end. The lineup of screenings for today includes three contemporary Argentine films directed by talented young filmmakers. “Los Posibles”, by Santiago Mitre and Juan Onofre Barbato, about the dance project carried out by a group of youths from one of the most deprived areas in the Buenos Aires suburbs, will be screened at 3.30 PM. Then, “Rosalinda”, by Matías Piñeiro, will show at 6 PM – a chronicle of the rehearsals, on a Tigre island, for the staging of a Shakespearean comedy coupled with the lead actress’s love conflicts. And last, another film byPiñeiro also inspired by Shakespeare, “Viola”, about the love life of two women, an actress playing the character of the title and a girl who delivers DVD films, will be playing at 8.30 PM. Tickets for these screenings are free and will be given out (a maximum of two per person) 2 hours before showtime.
III FURIE & DIEBE, GREAT OPTIONS FOR FESTIVAL'S LAST DAY 20 October 2013
On the last day of a memorable Festival with a massive turnout – with almost all performances sold out – 36 top-notch national productions and 20 international ones (performed by companies from Germany, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Congo, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, United Kingdom and Uruguay), and the presence of world-renowned figures of theatre, there is still a chance to see two European plays. One is the Polish “III Furie”, staged by Modjeska Theatre (at Sala Casacuberta of the Teatro San Martín at 3 PM), about the traumas in post-war and post-communist Poland; and "Diebe” (Sala Martín Coronado, Teatro San Martín, at 4 PM), performed by Deutsches Theater Berlin, written by Dea Loher and directed by Andreas Kriegenburg, about everyday stories of anonymous characters who bump each other on a creative, versatile set that resembles a windmill wheel.
SATURDAY’S FILMS 19 October 2013
Three Argentine films directed by some of the most talented young local directors of the last decade are featured in the lineup for today at Sala 1 of the Centro Cultural San Martín. Matías Piñeiro’s “Rosalinda” – a chronicle of the rehearsals, on a Tigre island, for the staging of a Shakespearean comedy coupled with the lead actress’s love conflicts – will be screened at 4 PM. Santiago Mitre and Juan Onofre Barbato’s “Los Posibles” – about the dance project carried out by a group of youths from one of the most deprived areas in the Buenos Aires suburbs – continues at 6.40 PM. And at 8.30 PM, there will be another film by Piñeiro: “Viola”, also inspired by Shakespeare, about the love life of two women, an actress playing the character of the title and a girl who delivers DVD films. Tickets for these screenings are free and will be given out (a maximum of two per person) 2 hours before showtime.
GERMAN ROZENMACHER AWARD CEREMONY AND BOOK RELEASE 19 October 2013
The book release and award ceremony for the Germán Rozenmacher Award will be held today at 3 PM at the auditorium Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo of the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas (Corrientes 2038). The jury composed of Andrea Garrote, Jorge Dubatti and Mariano Saba chose “Un día es un montón de cosas”, by Jimena Aguilar. The play was translated into English, French and Portuguese and is published by Los Libros del Rojas in a quadrilingual edition with a print run of 1000 copies. Also, special mentions will be awarded to “Monstruo, una fábula política”, by Juan Ignacio Fernández; “Dirección General”, by Marcos Perearna; and “La piel del poema”, by Ignacio Bartolone.
LONG-AWAITED PREMIERE OF “DIEBE” 18 October 2013
Time has come for the premiere of one of the Festival’s great international productions – “Diebe” (Thieves), directed by Andreas Kriegenburg and performed by renowned German company Deutsches Theater Berlin. It will be staged today and tomorrow at 6.30 PM, and on Sunday at 4 PM. Using various scenes from the every day life of ordinary people, stories are woven together with characters bumping on each other in different situations and surprising ways. These humorous and dark stories are presented on a creative, versatile set that resembles a windmill wheel. Each turn of the wheel leads actors to new interactions with the ever-changing set. There are tickets available, on sale on this website and at the box offices of the following theatres: San Martín, Regio, Presidente Alvear and CCC Teatro 25 de Mayo.
TODAY’S FILMS AND DISCUSSIONS 18 October 2013
The activities for today at the Meeting Point – Salón Real (Sarmiento 1272) will be centered around interesting topics and issues for discussion and reflection. At 4.30 PM, choreographers, artists and researchers will talk about “The Dance of the Future” in a collective conference coordinated by Alina Mazzaferro. And at 6 PM,Halima Tahan, curator of the Rituales de Pasaje program of the Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires, will speak with Andrea Servera, director of the Combinado Argentino de Danza, about “Tu casa. Ritual de un deseo primitivo”, a performance staged by CAD in the hall of the Teatro San Martín, a place of passage between the inside and the outside of the theatre. On the other hand, at Sala 1 of the Centro Cultural San Martín, the line up of films for today goes as follows: “Los Posibles”, by Santiago Mitre and Juan Onofri Barbato (at 4 PM), about the dance project carried out by youths from a deprived area in the Buenos Aires suburbs; “Viola”, by Matías Piñeiro (at 6.30 PM), about the love affairs of two women, an actress and a movie delivery girl; and “Les Guerriers de la Beauté”, by Pierre Coulibeuf, based on Jan Fabre’s choreographic and theatrical creations. Tickets are free and can be collected (2 per person) 2 hours before showtime.
TODAY’S DEBATES AND FILMS 17 October 2013
This is today’s program of events, organized by the Danza en Acción Forum, at the Meeting Point – Salón Real (Sarmiento 1272): at 2.30 PM, Susana Tambutti, Martín Bauer and other guest speakers will discuss “Curatorial Practices”, with coordination by Laura Papa; and at 6 PM, the subject of discussion will be “Dance Beyond Spectacularization”, coordinated by Guillermina Mongan. Meanwhile, the Sala 1 of the Centro Cultural San Martín will screen the following films: “Les Guerriers de la beauté”, a phantasmagoria by Pierre Coulibeuf based on Jan Fabre’s choreographic and theatrical creations (at 4 PM); “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present”, by Matthew Akers, on the life and work of the outstanding Serbian performer who uses her body for making art (at 6 PM); and “Rosalinda”, by Matías Piñeiro, a chronicle of the rehearsals, on a Tigre island, for the staging of a Shakespearean comedy (at 8.30 PM). Admission is free: tickets can be picked up at the venue’s box office (a maximum of 2 per person) 2 hours before showtime.
I’D LIKE TO BE BORGES, BUT I CAN’T 17 October 2013
A young writer who works at his family-run butcher’s shop in the suburbs of Buenos Aires is in pain as he realizes he will never be like Jorge Luis Borges. Especially after receiving a flat answer from his admired writer at the one time he met him in the flesh. This is the starting point of "Borges", the work written by Rodrigo García and staged by the company Sudor Argentino today at 10 PM and this Saturday at 5.30 PM at Teatro del Pueblo (Av. Roque Sáenz Peña 943). There are tickets available for both performances, on sale on this website and also at the box offices of the following theatres: San Martín (Av. Corrientes 1530), Regio (Av. Córdoba 6056), Presidente Alvear (Av. Corrientes 1659) and CCC Teatro 25 de Mayo (Av. Triunvirato 4444), from 11 AM to 7 PM.