This year, Santiago a Mil’s free education and mediation program is inspired by reflection, action and transformation, promoting activities in diverse territories and creating opportunities for us to reflect on the transformation Chile is currently undergoing.
Among its activities, Mind the Gap - a workshop aimed at young people and seniors and run by the Director of Education of the New York Theater Workshop, Alexander Santiago-Jirau - particularly stands out. For the first time, Dialogues in Movement, a National Reading Plan program was held, as well as the Culture, Community and Territory Seminar, with the exclusive participation of North American actor, Tim Robbins. Cine Lab included the premiere of La Flor by Argentine Mariano Llinás and the pre-premiere of Medea by Alejandro Moreno, as well as other feature films. Different master classes with artists and the second version of the Theatrical Research Meeting were also part of its training and outreach activities.
In 2018, more than a thousand people took part in workshops, seminars, conversations and dialogues with the audience at the majority of the plays on the festival’s program. Among the most notable activities were the master class with Alfredo Castro and the debut of LAB Afternoons, an opportunity to talk to young Chilean artists. In addition, the first Theatrical Research Meeting and, for the second consecutive year, the International Arts and Education Seminar were held.
Thomas Ostermeier, Wim Vandekeybus, Stefan Kaegi, Lola Arias, Germaine Acogny and Mauricio Kartún were some of the creators who held workshops and master classes as part of LAB Escénico 2017. In addition, the first International Arts and Education Seminar, the National Stage discussion group, the Migración Hoy forum and Cine Lab - showing five films related to the theater and paying special homage to one of the masters of Chilean playwriting, Juan Radrigán – were held.
LAB Escénico 2016 involved different workshops, master classes and open dialogues, bringing artists and audiences together in the Metropolitan, Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions. Among its activities, the Shakespeare Hoy! seminar stands out, as well as multiple meetings and workshops, including one for young audiences. In addition, LAB Escénico included a new collaboration with the Chilean National Film Archive, an alliance involving a season of fiction films and documentaries, all related to the theater and for free.
In its second version, LAB Escénico ran a program involving 131 free activities, including dialogues with audiences, conversations about dance and contemporary Latin American and Chilean theater and master classes with important figures from the international scene, such as Lígia Roque, Steffan Kaegi and Herbert Fritsch.
In its first version, Laboratorio Escénico put together a well-rounded program of training and outreach activities, with more than 50 free events, including the City and Culture Seminar; master classes with two theater greats, Heinner Goebbels, director of Stifters Dinge and Emmanuele Demarcy-Mota, director of Rinoceronte and the Théâtre de la Ville; workshops for artists led by renowned special guests and the Young Audiences program. As a complementary program held in parallel, it brought together 2,200 people over 17 days.