Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Recommended for: +15
Language: Spanish, subtitles in English
«Lucid referents, necessary discussions, and a particular aesthetic make Vegetable State one the best works of the season»
– Revista Hiedra
«Manuela Infante has long been one of the most convincing artists this country has produced (…) for a decade, she has continued to work closely with a world of ideas and thought in a territory that for years has only seemed to matter to philosophy»
─ Qué Pasa
«Ultimately, Vegetative State is a profoundly fascinating piece, stunning in its innovative sound design and hypnotic in its presentation of plant perception»
Estado Vegetal is a polyphonic, expansive, exuberant, reiterative, divisible and sessile monologue, starring a woman but not an individual: she is a multitude, a crowd. This is not an animal-based play, but a plant-based one.
Using the revolutionary train of thought of plant philosophers such as Michael Marder and of plant neurobiologists such as Stefano Mancuso, this exploration looks into how new concepts such as plant intelligence, the vegetative soul or plant communication can transform our creative practices.
If we accept that plants have other ways of thinking, feeling and communicating, a different way of being intelligent and another form of consciousness and notion of time, perhaps we can transform our own notions about thinking, feeling, communicating and being conscious. In the words of Marder, “Recognizing a valid ‘other’ in plants is to also recognize this other plant within us”.
Estado Vegetal deals unrelentingly with an impossible dialogue - that of human beings and plants in a failed dialogue with nature that is perhaps our most innate monologue.
DIRECCIÓN Y DRAMATURGIA
Manuela Infante Chilean theater director, playwright, scriptwriter and musician. MA in Cultural Analysis at University of Amsterdam. She is well known for offering scenic articulations of contemporary theoretical issues. With her group Teatro de Chile (2002-2016) she wrote and directed work with the permanent support of the Chilean Funds for the Arts. ...
Directed by: Manuela Infante | Dramaturgy by: Manuela Infante and Marcela Salinas | Cast: Marcela Salinas | Set, costume and lighting designer: Rocío Hernández | Prop designer and creator: Ignacia Pizarro | Voice Recording: Pol del Sur | Translation: Bruce Gibbons, Alex Ripp y British Council Chile | Produced by: Carmina Infante | Co-produced by: NAVE, Center for Creations and Residencies - Teatro a Mil Foundation