Country Brazil | Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +12

Duration 105 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 14, 15 and 16, 19.30h

'Democracia' is Brazilian Felipe Hirsch’s second play showing us why he has been praised and honored as the most outstanding theatrical innovator in his country

El Mercurio

Based on the contradictions and complexities of democracy in today’s world, Felipe Hirsch sets his sights on exploring its specific personal, social and political effects in post-dictatorship Chilean society. Inspired by Facsímil by the renowned Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra, he uses the logic and structure of the former Academic Aptitude Test (PAA) to delve deeper into the different elements that have left their mark on the transition to and consolidation of democracy over the last 30 years: the traces left by the dictatorship, education, the economy, inequality, ethics and even family. Ironic, scathing and critical, the play turns into a tragic game and a reflection of the complex journey of a generation that has had to bear the dreams, fears and frustrations of Chile today. Democracia is a multidisciplinary, highly visual performance that mixes autobiography with literature and theater.

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Direction

Felipe Hirsch

(Rio de Janeiro, 1972)

Felipe Hirsch is a Brazilian cinema and theater director. He is renowned for his work combining literature, music and theater, beginning his theatrical research with the Sutil Compañía de Teatro, which he directed for 20 years. In 2013, he founded Ultralíricos, a company with which he began the Puzzle project, created especially for the Frankfurt Book Fair. He has directed the movies Insolação (2009) and Severina and taken part in important cinema festivals in Venice and Locarno, among others. In 2006, the O Globo newspaper named him as one of the hundred most influential Brazilian thinkers.

Author

Alejandro Zambra

(Santiago, 1975)

Alejandro Zambra is a writer whose stories have appeared in Quimera, Letras Libres, Piauí, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, McSweeney's and Zoetrope. In Chile, he has won the Critics’, Altazor and the National Book Council awards. Among his international awards are the English PEN and the Prince Claus awards. He was a finalist for the Frank O'Connor Award for best international story, the IMPAC Literary Award and the Médicis Award in France. In 2010, he was named one of the best young novelists writing in Spanish by the prestigious Granta magazine.

Directed by Felipe Hirsch | Script based on a text by Alejandro Zambra | Cast Trinidad González, Manuela Martelli, Rafael Contreras, Moisés Angulo and Matteo Citarella | Local assistant director Daniel Recabarren | Art directors Daniela Thomas and Felipe Tassara | Lighting Beto Bruel | Original score Arthur de Faria and Mariá Portugal | Costumes Carolina Norero | Co-produced by the São Paulo International Theater Exhibition (MITsp), the Teatro a Mil Foundation and the Finis Terrae University Theater.

  • Felipe Hirsch is one of the most award-winning directors on the Brazilian theater scene, described as “ground-breaking and fascinating” by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper and as “outstanding and exceptionally witty” by O Globo.

  • The play is based on Facsímil by Alejandro Zambra, one of Chile’s most important and acclaimed writers. The play uses the logic and structure of the former Academic Aptitude Test (PAA) to delve into the different elements that have made their mark on the transition to and consolidation of democracy over the last 30 years.

  • Democracia has a stunning cast of actors. “I first thought of Trinidad González, who I saw acting in Escuela – by Guillermo Calderón – and who I really liked. I talked to her and she started thinking about which other actors to approach – Manuela Martelli, Rafael Contreras, Moisés Angulo and Matteo Citarella are also part of the cast – and I’m really happy with the result. The actors are amazing” says the director, who was involved in the creative process together with the cast.

  • The play reflects on democracy as a system that’s in crisis. “Nowadays, democracy’s just a word … we live in a regime that allows us to choose our leader, but it’s not like a Greek democracy with its assemblies. It’s the opposite. The opposite to democracy isn’t necessarily dictatorship and we should be asking ourselves exactly what form of democracy has taught us that? What has made us think there are so few other alternatives?”, adds Hirsch.

  • The play’s esthetics are amazing and Daniela Thomas and Felipe Tassara, who make up T + T Projectos, are its artistic directors. Over the last 30 years, they have designed exhibitions, museums, operas and theaters, as well as working as filmmakers and artistic directors. Their work has been seen all over the world and has won awards such as the Golden Triga from the Prague Quadrennial, a World Stage Design award and the Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival. Daniela Thomas was one of the creative directors for the Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympics in 2016 and, together with Felipe Tassara, she designed the show’s final piece.
  • Facsímil. This book by Alejandro Zambra was published in 2014. On its back cover, it says: "Adopting the structure of the Verbal Aptitude test, used in Chile between 1967 and 2002, the writer creates a play where the stories coexist with poetic fragments and language exercises that are more like ethical problems - the need to lie to prove yourself to others; the willingness to form bonds although you don’t believe in love and families and the heartbreaking conviction that, more than learning to think, we were trained to obey and repeat”.

«A harsh critique of our understanding of the political system that governs us and how it affects us (...) This is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before»

El Mercurio

«The Chile that 'Democracia' puts a face to (is) a post-truth Chile, the one from documentary reality shows. A single season for pieces like this is never enough»

El Desconcierto

'Democracia' is Brazilian Felipe Hirsch’s second play showing us why he has been praised and honored as the most outstanding theatrical innovator in his country

El Mercurio

«A harsh critique of our understanding of the political system that governs us and how it affects us (...) This is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before»

El Mercurio

«The Chile that 'Democracia' puts a face to (is) a post-truth Chile, the one from documentary reality shows. A single season for pieces like this is never enough»

El Desconcierto

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