Teresita “Tita” Iacobelli
Teresita “Tita” Iacobelli is a Chilean actress, teacher and puppeteer. Since 2005, she has been part of Viajeinmóvil, directed by Jaime Lorca. She co-directed and acted in Otelo by the same company, a play which toured France, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, Hungary, Portugal, Bolivia, Mexico and the whole of Chile. She has taught puppet art in Chile, France and India. Her relationship with music means she has conducted dramatized concerts with the Congreso group and with the Chilean Philharmonic Orchestra at the Santiago Municipal Theater. She also works with the Teatro de Ocasión company.
Natacha Belova is a historian and self-taught artist who was born in Russia. She currently lives in Belgium, where she first started working in costume and stage design and later specialized in puppets. She has taken part in around a hundred theater, dance, circus, film and opera projects. Her first piece of puppet theater was performed with the Une Tribu group at the Belgian National Theater in 2017. That same year, she premiered her first independent piece, Passeggeri, with the Belgian company, La Barca dei Matti. She has collaborated with renowned directors from Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil and Syria and, in Chile, she has worked with Jaime Lorca.
The Belova-Iacobelli Company is made up of Chilean actress and director Teresita ‘Tita’ Iacobelli and Russian director and visual artist Natacha Belova. They met in Santiago in 2012 at the La Rebelión de los Muñecos Festival, when Natacha taught a class on her puppet-making technique. In 2015, they created a research laboratory for contemporary puppet theater in the same city. This lasted for two months and, at the end of it, they decided to write Chaika, the first play by the Belova-Iacobelli Company, created during four residencies in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Brussels.