January has come and different activities related to culture are about to begin, among them, the beginning of theatre festivals. More than 200 national and international installations are scheduled for this month, being led mainly by Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil. However, other communes are not left behind: Quilicura, La Reina and Recoleta promises us with own events.
This summer, there is no excuses for not watching theatre in Santiago. Performing arts is appropriating different stages, both in traditional theatre halls and streets, being the starting point of the first theatre cycle of 2019.
Santiago a Mil is one of the pioneers. Celebrating its 26th edition, the festival will exhibit more than 60 shows from 25 countries around the world, also extending its programming to other cities such as Antofagasta, Valparaíso and Concepción. Under the #STGOrebeldeaMIL, the event seeks to highlight this year the participation of women in different areas of creation (directors, playwrights, artists and performing arts professionals), being headed by the French Sophie Calle and her exhibition Cuídese Mucho.
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The festival begins today with two national proposals: Los arrepentidos and Ella y Ella. The first work, directed by Víctor Carrasco and written by the Swedish Marcos Lindeen, reflects the encounter between two men who have traveled through different genres throughout their existence and who, after the passage of time, do not want to live anymore as women.
On the other hand, the second montage portrays all those actresses and actors who were victims of the Latin American dictatorships of the last century and whose only defense weapon was their own art. Onstage, a famous actress is shown who is taken to an interrogation and who, under that ordeal, must fight a fight with herself. Presented as a monologue of two voices, the assembly of Omar Saavedra invites the public to participate in an exercise of memory and forgetfulness: two sides of the same coin with which we try to fix the price of our individual and collective history.
The theater arrived in Recoleta
From January 7 to 29, the XVII Festival of Theater and Performing Arts of Recoleta will take place, which will take free of charge more than thirty works to 17 neighborhoods of the district. Being its main stage squares, parks and courts, the event seeks to bring the performing arts to its neighbors during the first two weeks.
From January 23, the assemblies will be moved to the Zócalo of the municipality, located at Av. Recoleta 2774. It is there where works will be presented as Fieramente humana: Jesús se detuvo en Olivos 837 by Juan Radrigán and his company Locos del Pueblo, Animas de día claro by Alejandro Sieveking in the hands of the group La Originaria and close with a classic Patogallina collective, El húsar de la muerte.
Quilicura and La Reina on stage
The Quilicura Theater Juan Radrigán Festival starts today its new edition and will debut 33 free works until January 27. In its previous edition, the event received more than 45 thousand spectators of national and foreign assemblies, becoming an unmissable of the summer season.
Different pieces awarded by the Circle of Art Critics will be presented, such as Arpeggione (best direction), Chaika (best work and performance 2018), Franco (best integral design) and Replica (best dramaturgy). In addition there will be a tribute to Juan Radrigán in Lear, el rey y su doble, work written by his daughter Flavia Radrigán and played by Francisco Reyes and Jesús Urquieta.
For its part, La Reina seeks to surprise its neighbors with adult and children’s theater, highlighting the Costanera works of the Ictus Theater, El Epicedio, De Quijano a Quijote by Héctor Noguera and La Prole by Claudia Pérez and Rodrigo Muñoz.
The cycle for children, scheduled from January 16 to 25 at 12:00 hrs, will premiere the best works of the year which will be evaluated particularly by the children attending. Among them are classics such as El Mago de Oz (El Acierto theatre) and El Ratón Pérez (El Observatorio Popular.)
The adult cycle of the festival has a general value of CLP6,000, while the cycle for boys and girls has an adult value of CLP3,500 and for the child audience of CLP3,000.
The XXI Festival of La Reina will have a general value of CLP6,000 for the adult cycle and CLP3000 for children of CLP3,000.