Country Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +12

Duration 90 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 21.00h

Carla Zúñiga is undoubtedly one of the most well-established Chilean playwrights around today

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El amarillo sol de tus cabellos largos is the story of Alma, whose one year old son was taken away by her family, who questioned her sexual orientation and doubted her capacity to be a good father/mother. With the help of her transvestite friends, Alma will do anything to get her son back, including denying who she really is. This play questions the roles of mothers and fathers in a patriarchal society ruled by heterosexuality, giving new meaning to how families are formed in modern times. The acclaimed company La Niña Horrible, headed up by playwright Carla Zúñiga and director Javier Casanga, returns to Santiago a Mil with this production, in which the body is a political weapon used to talk about misery, insecurity and outcasts. Putting transvestites on the stage is a way of breaking the rules and losing the fear of ennobling a beauty that is horrible. It’s a production in which the company once more explores and questions the strict gender roles that exist in our society.

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Direction

Javier Casanga

(Chile)

Javier Casagna is an actor, director and teacher who has learnt about vocal studies for actors in different seminars held by Paula Molinari and Noah Pikes. As well as teaching at different universities and institutes in Santiago, he is also one of the founding members of La Niña Horrible, a company for whom he has directed successful productions such as Sentimientos, Historias de amputación a la hora del té, En el jardín de rosas: Sangriento vía crucis del fin de los tiempos, La trágica agonía de un pájaro azul and Los tristísimos veranos de la princesa Diana.

Dramaturgy

Carla Zúñiga

(Chile)

Carla Zúñiga is an actress, director, playwright and teacher. She studied as a playwright under Juan Radrigán and took part in the Royal Court Theater in Latin America’s workshops, an initiative involving the Teatro a Mil Foundation and institutions in Argentina and Uruguay. She has put on productions of more than a dozen scripts, consolidating herself as one of the most interesting voices on the Chilean theater scene. Founder of La Niña Horrible company, Zúñiga has no qualms about using her creations to laugh at certain Chilean bad habits - such as social climbing, discrimination or appearances - in order to show the existence or breakdown of mediocrity in the current system.

La Niña Horrible

La Niña Horrible is a multidisciplinary company founded by director Javier Casanga and playwright Carla Zúñiga in 2013. With five productions under their belt, the group has created a dramatic theatrical language during their history, which falls somewhere between expressionism and the grotesque. Using humor, cruelty and irony, their approach focuses topics with gender as the basis. Among their pieces, Historias de amputación a la hora del té (2014) and Los tristísimos veranos de la princesa Diana (2017) stand out.

Written by Carla Zúñiga | Directed by Javier Casanga | Assistant director Loreto Araya | Cast Maria Nelly Miranda, Bárbara Vera, Ítalo Spotorno, Claudia Vargas, Ignacia Lizama, David Gaete, Alonso Arancibia, Paula Calderón, Javier Varas, Gerard Henry, Víctor Vergara | Set and graphic designer Sebastián Escalona | Costume designer Elizabeth Pérez | Music Alejandro Miranda | Technicians Diego Rojas y José Miguel Carrera | Production coordinator Catalina Latorre | Community Manager Manuel Pacheco Produced by Minga producción escénica | Co-produced by the Camilo Henríquez Theater and the Teatro a Mil Foundation

  • The company has established itself on the Chilean scene through its esthetic. Their style falls somewhere between expressionism and the grotesque, seen both in their scripts and in how their plays are presented.

  • Carla Zúñiga is one of the most interesting voices on the Chilean theater scene, described by the press and critics as one of the most well-established voices in contemporary playwriting. “She searches out unusual topics and looks at society from a different angle. She has a lot to say and says it well. I think she’s one of the current stars of Chilean playwriting”, said her mentor, playwright Juan Radrigán.

  • The company has also made a name for itself by tackling topics such as gender and the roles of men and women critically, using humor and irony. In this case, dark humor and transvestism are used to portray the demands made of the female gender.

  • In the production’s artwork, the famous series of photographs entitled La manzana de Adán by the Chilean Paz Errázuriz are used. This series is made up of pictures the photographer took of transvestites in brothels in Talca and in the Vivaceta neighborhood in Santiago between 1982 and 1987.

  • The play’s esthetics stand out, partly because of the actors’ painted skin, a visual element that, according to the company, “helps remove the characters from what is psychological (..) To do this, using color is really important: changing their skin color contrasts with the muted colors of their everyday surroundings”.

Carla Zúñiga is undoubtedly one of the most well-established Chilean playwrights around today

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