Country Chile

Discipline Puppet theater | Theater

Recomended for +10

Duration 50 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 15, 19.30h; January 16, 17.00h and 19:30; January 17, 19.00h

Warning This production uses strobe (flashing) lights that may affect people who are photosensitive or those with spatial sensitivity or sensitivity to light

(Silencio Blanco) manipulate sublimely crude-looking puppets with tender precision

The New York Times

To find out how people who carry out solitary jobs and who face nature’s magnificence every day feel, Silencio Blanco have dedicated their third production to men of the sea. Pescador shows everyday events that have become strange and foreign: a man, his boat and his fishing net have a priceless connection with the job in hand. In absolute silence, puppets and their handlers-actors coexist in a place where esthetics and the company’s research take on a new focus, dealing with the specific dilemmas of our times: the disappearance of traditional jobs, the overwhelming advance of the fishing industry and the uncertainty and struggles faced by those who refuse to give up their traditions. In a poetic and sensitive piece, Silencio Blanco performs a moving play that will give the audience pause for thought, bringing to our attention the work of fishermen who, day after day, confront the solitude of the sea and the huge boats that have suffocated their livelihood.

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Company

Companía Silencio Blanco

Silencio Blanco is a theater company that has made a name for itself thanks to its intricate work with highly expressive puppets made from everyday materials, such as newspaper and chopsticks. Their three productions De papel, Chiflón, el silencio del carbón and Pescador have toured internationally and they have performed at important venues worldwide, in countries such as France, Portugal, the United States and Denmark. The company’s plays are the result of observation and field work, in which they explore profound topics together with gestures and human movement to convey the illusion that their characters have emotions.

Company Silencio Blanco | Artistic director Santiago Tobar | Creative producer Dominga Gutiérrez | Cast Rodolfo Armijo, Consuelo Miranda, Camila Pérez, Marco Reyes, Camilo Yáñez | Sound designer Ricardo Pacheco | Lighting designer Belén Abarza | Sponsored by Espacio CEAT

  • The result of 12 days of fieldwork, the play allowed the company to look into the daily life of traditional fishermen, whose profession has taken a backseat faced with the power and scale of the fishing industry. It’s an opportunity to shine a spotlight on them and their existence. During their research, the company became part of the fishermen’s lives, accompanying them to work and spending time with their families.

  • On a communicational level, the play, like all those by the company, explores silence and how it can be expressed: since the spoken word is not used, the (audio, esthetic, sculptural and visual) details become more significant. For the spectator, it’s a new sensory and emotional experience that is both unique and original. Perfecting the puppets gestures means the audience can practically feel the characters’ heartbeats and emotions and share in their stories.

  • Silencio Blanco is a world-renowned company that has performed at important world venues and festivals, including the Puppet Museum in Lisbon; the Puppet Theater World Festival in Charleville-Mézières, France; the Brighton Festival in England; the Odin Theater in Denmark and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival in the United States. They also performed at Santiago a Mil in 2015. "Their international scope can only be compared to that of Teatro Cinema", Pedro Labra, critic for El Mercurio, has said.

  • Silencio Blanco’s esthetics and visuals have amazed audiences and critics alike because of their finesse and originality. “Our puppets are white, homemade from newspaper, finely crafted and don’t talk; we don’t use words. We maintain that human movement, conveyed by a puppet, is capable of expressing a story without uttering a single word, creating an illusion for the spectator that goes as far as transmitting the character’s heartbeats, sharing its feelings and story”, explains the company.
  • Research process. Silencio Blanco creates its productions through observation and fieldwork, looking into the lives of people who live modestly and have solitary professions. “It’s always said that ‘imagination’s a sin’ – in other words, we didn’t come up with the play, we went and saw something and what you see in the play is what we saw (...) We want to give people the same thing we receive when we perform our work; an experience that gives something back”, explains the company’s director, Santiago Tobar.

  • Puppet theater. Puppet theater is usually associated with a child audience, but Silencio Blanco distance themselves from this idea. In the words of Santiago Tobar, "the thing about puppets is that they are mainly used to draw attention away from the human proportions we are used to. For me, puppets have nothing to do with theater for children or families; for us as the company, they’re the tool we were given. The puppet channels the energy of all our ideas. They’re not part of a specific kind of theater for children. It’s the actors that make us think”.

«Pescador' is beautiful, poetic and magically captivating (...) its merits are such that any criticism is rendered trivial»

El Mercurio

«Full of details, this production is captivating and poetical, anchored in silence and focused on bringing the solitary jobs that are remnants from other times to our attention»

La Hora

(Silencio Blanco) manipulate sublimely crude-looking puppets with tender precision

The New York Times

«Pescador' is beautiful, poetic and magically captivating (...) its merits are such that any criticism is rendered trivial»

El Mercurio

«Full of details, this production is captivating and poetical, anchored in silence and focused on bringing the solitary jobs that are remnants from other times to our attention»

La Hora

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