Country Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Adults

Recomended for +18

Duration 60 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 11, 12 and 13, 20.00h

Warning Please note that some rows of seats are on the stage

The play’s characters, however archetypical they appear on stage, are crushed and torn apart (…) A production with an intense atmosphere and narrative twists and turns

El Sur Newspaper

In a cheap hotel, Romina, a young prostitute who likes writing, and Antonio, a solitary and poor laborer getting along as best he can, meet up. Their relationship defies definition but has been going on for a while, although they never forget it’s business. In the story, the power structures restricting the couple are revealed, since they’re prisoners of an oppressive system. This forces them to reveal their stories, fears and thoughts about a violent society that imposes roles that are impossible to change, altering people’s destinies. Shut away in a room and chained by the roles forced upon them, this play shows how Stockholm syndrome emerges, keeping us prisoners. Using a minimal set, the Teatrhoy company, based in Concepción, invites the audience to lock themselves away with the main characters in a dystopian space with obvious connections to contemporary reality.

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Direction and dramaturgy

Valentina Durán

(Chile)

Valentina Durán has a degree in acting and a diploma in theatrical pedagogy. She has taken part in more than 20 productions in different countries as an actress, director and/or playwright. She is a member of Teatrhoy, created in 2005, which she co-founded. She wrote and directed the BíoBío Regional Government’s Circuito de la Independencia project, carrying out historical recreations and training more than 90 actors in different neighborhoods in the area. She is a consultant and general producer for the BíoBío International Theater Festival (FTB).

Compañía Teatrhoy

Teatrhoy was created in Concepción in 2005 and has always worked in the Biobío region, maintaining links with the city’s artistic scene and making a name for themselves with the plays they have written. Founded by Roxana Concha and Valentina Durán, the company has a marked interest in both social issues and theatrical experimentation incorporating elements that cross over between different disciplines. To date, the company has put on more than 10 productions, including La chilena (2013), Mano a mano (2014) and Montaña (2017).

Written and directed by Valentina Durán | Cast Patricia Michele, Carlos Gonzalez | Music Piera Marchesani | Mapping and sets Braulio Gatica | Lighting Daniel Espinosa | Producer Orly Pradena | Audiovisual producer Claudio Rivera-Seguel | Costumes Oriana Salgado | Graphic designer and photography Cristóbal Barrientos

  • Campo de batalla. Las ruinas de Estocolmo is set in an asphyxiating society that economically and socially oppresses the most vulnerable and deprived who, although they are its victims, are also unavoidably linked to it. “The play comes at a time when we need to reflect on the world we live in, how this shapes us and how we respond to the roles and expectations imposed on us”, Valentina Durán has said.

  • Teatrhoy is one of Concepción’s most renowned companies. For this reason, this production is a play set outside of Santiago, something rarely seen in the capital.

  • The play is the result of an extensive theatrical process, in which the script was matured as Durán reflected on the story’s main themes. “The play shows how alienated the characters are. They don’t have the tools to change their destinies and they suffer the consequences when they try to do so (…) With two archetypical and identifiable characters, the play delves into why they behave as they do”.

  • A minimal set makes the most of the other resources available: acting, lines, music, mapping and lighting create a low-key atmosphere in which the characters’ stories and psychological justifications are revealed, using a realism that is both poetic and raw

«It’s the bed - this ‘battlefield’ - that is the recurring leitmotiv and makes its presence felt in this well-contained piece directed by Valentina Durán»

El Sur Newspaper

«Romina and Antonio get together in a cheap motel room. They end up revealing their deepest secrets, exposing their shortfalls and defenses against love, power, money, sex and more»

Diario Concepción

The play’s characters, however archetypical they appear on stage, are crushed and torn apart (…) A production with an intense atmosphere and narrative twists and turns

El Sur Newspaper

«It’s the bed - this ‘battlefield’ - that is the recurring leitmotiv and makes its presence felt in this well-contained piece directed by Valentina Durán»

El Sur Newspaper

«Romina and Antonio get together in a cheap motel room. They end up revealing their deepest secrets, exposing their shortfalls and defenses against love, power, money, sex and more»

Diario Concepción

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