Direction Marco Layera
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Discipline Political theater
Duration 1 hour 25 minutes
Recommended for +14
Language Spanish with subtitles en English

On the evening of May 1, among the buzz created by protests on the streets, a group of intellectual and artistic friends who all share a profound sense of ‘social awareness’ meet at their host’s house to celebrate his appointment as Minister of Culture. Hidden away in his room, this man has decided to step away from the celebrations after realizing how hypocritical his circle of friends is and how being cultured and middle-class is completely ineffective when trying to bring about real social change.

La dictadura de lo cool is a critical reflection on the life and values of a group of friends – the ‘small middle-class’ – who have been able to take advantage of the capitalist system and, at the same time, try and humanize it with their progressive airs. As a result of an invitation from the HAU – Hebbel am Ufer – Theater in Berlin, the La Re-sentida was inspired by The Aesthetics of Resistance by Peter Weiss to ask themselves about the form resistance takes on nowadays. After its premiere in Chile as part of the Teatro Hoy cycle, La dictadura de lo cool was performed at the Festival d’Avignon, the Napoli Theater Festival and in Berlin.

Coproduced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin. Funded by the Federal German Cultural Foundation.

DIRECTOR

Marco Layera studied law at the University of Chile and carried out his theater training at both the La Matriz and the Imagen Theater Schools. In 2008, he founded the La Re-sentida company of which he is director and which has performed Simulacro, Tratando de hacer una obra que cambie el mundo, La imaginación del futuro and La dictadura de lo cool, productions shown at different venues and at different festivals worldwide. He has headed up theatrical research as part of the Elencos ciudadanosand Laboratorios de montaje projects, as well as working as a teacher at theater schools. He was awarded the Eugenio Guzmán prize at the University of Chile’s Festival of Theater Directors, the award for best performance at the Las Condes Festival of Young Theater and has twice been nominated for an Altazor award

DRAMATURGY

La Re-Sentida is made up of young Chilean artists pursuing the search for and consolidation a poetic narrative that embodies the pulse, vision and ideas of their generation and whose aim is to create collaborative performances, thus distancing themselves from hegemonic artistic forms and discourse. They confer great political responsibility on theatrical creation as an instrument for critique, reflection and construction. Their shows have been performed in more than 20 countries and at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, such as the Festival d’Avignon, the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Théâtre National de Bruxelles and the Théâtre de la Ville.

TECHNICAL INFO

Company La Re-sentida | Direction Marco Layera | Cast Carolina Palacios, Benjamín Westfall, Carolina de la Maza, Diego Acuña, Pedro Muñoz, Benjamín Cortés | Dramaturgy La Re-sentida | Production Nicolás Herrera | Technical and video manager Karl Heinz Sateler | Stage design and lighting Pablo de la Fuente | Costume design Daniel Bagnara | Music Alejandro Miranda | Sound Alonso Orrego | Camera Alejandro Batarce | Scene assistants Mariela Espinoza y Raúl Donoso | Assistant set designer Gabriela Torrejón | Assistant costume designer John Álvarez

Only available for producers and cultural managers interested in supporting the circulation of this show.

Touring Team 14 people
Rooming list 14 single

Andrés García andres@fundacionteatroamil.cl