Country Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +16

Duration 90 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 7, 8 and 9, 20.00h

Plan vivienda 2015-2045 tells of the 30-year long struggle of a group of people from Chañaral to rebuild their port, after their houses were covered by a mudslide and toxic waste. As a result, they create a community reconstruction plan that is censored by the government, since it reveals contamination that makes living there unfeasible. These inhabitants fight to rebuild their homes, a process that leads to another catastrophe 30 years later. The play begins in 2015 when the disaster occurs and ends in 2045, covering the time the community needs to pick itself up and prepare for the next natural disaster, something inevitable given the conditions in the zone. How do you rebuild a community? How do you move forward after pain and mourning and when trust is gone? These are the questions that Compañía Limitada raises in Plan vivienda, a metaphor in which the land itself can’t take the weight of any more tragedy and where the only thing left is a subsiding terrain that, at least, isn’t based on lies.

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Direction

Bosco Cayo

(Chile)

Bosco Cayo is an actor, playwright, theatrical researcher and director, member of Compañía Limitada, Teatro Sin Dominio and Teatro La Malaclase. He has worked as a teacher at theater schools in different regions in the country. His project Negra, la enfermera del general was chosen by the Royal Court Theater in London for the New Plays from Chile season. Of all his plays, the following ones particularly stand out: Limítrofe, Leftraru, Silabario, La dama de los Andes (chosen as CNCA’s 2017 best literary piece in the theater genre), El Dylan and Plan vivienda 2015-2045.

Compañía Limitada

Compañía Limitada was created in 2011 and has premiered four productions: Yo te pido por todos los perros de la calle (2012), Limítrofe, la pastora del sol (2013), Taltal (2014) and Plan Vivienda. Their methodology is based on a collaborative and participative directing method, staging pieces without a director, a process called Collective Theatrical Narration. Their plays tackle topics such as the rights of native people, social integration, decentralization and rebuilding after a catastrophe.

Directed by Compañía Limitada | Written by Bosco Cayo | Cast Igancia Agüero, April Gregory, Verónica Medel, Bosco Cayo, Jaime Leiva | General producer Juan Anania | Executive producer Hugo Navarro | Assistant director and producer Diego Hernández | Set designers Miguel Alvayay and Compañía Limitada | Lighting designer Juan Anania | Sound designer Santiago Farah | Graphic designer Hugo Navarro | Technical manager Matías Segura

  • This is the fourth production by Compañía Limitada, an outstanding theater group that works using a collaborative and participative directing method, in which models and structures from social organizations are used in the productions, aiming for a balance between collective and individual contributions. The company manages to create its own style - both personal and creative - through a decentralized approach.

  • Plan vivienda tackles a tragedy that many locations in Chile have had to deal with: reconstruction, a constant reality in a country with as many natural disasters as Chile. Compañía Limitada not only uses this production to give the problem more visibility but also to give a voice to a damaged and marginalized sector of society.

  • To create the play, the company moved to Chañaral to gather testimonies and let people know about the project. Members of Compañía Limitada carried out a dramatic reading for the Joint Union of Neighborhood Councils, as well as participating in activities with the Federico Varela High School to talk and collect information about the experiences of the survivors and those affected by this tragedy in 2015.

  • Talking about the creative process, Bosco Cayo says that "it was a privilege to get to know the reality of the lives of the people of Chañaral. Playwrights look at where to start writing and, in this case, it would have been very different to write about it based on the news as opposed to hearing it from a person. I wanted to know how they’ve organized themselves and how they’ve gone about rebuilding”.
  • The play’s structure. The play is divided into three acts: Cuerpos (2015-2025), Vivienda (2025-2035) and Éxodo (2035-2045). Each one tells of the passing of time and of the characters’ journeys, both private and public. This evolution is affected by the problem of rebuilding on land that is subsiding and that hides a body in its depths.

  • Flooding in Chañaral, 2015. This was the most catastrophic flooding this city, located in the Atacama region, has ever experienced, with the Chañaral river breaking its banks during the bad weather that affected northern Chile in March 2105. According to studies carried out by the Catholic University, the river’s force was such that the destruction caused was similar to that of a tsunami. The main causes of the flooding were the accumulation of leftover mining refuse and then the construction of the northern Route 5 on top of this. The floods left a toll of 31 dead, 16 missing and 164,000 homeless.

  • Collective creation. This is the name given to plays created collectively by more than one person, with everyone responsible for writing the piece. It’s a multi-vocal creative process that emerged in the sixties and was methodologically developed as a way of breaking down the barriers dividing the concepts of director, playwright and script, as well as questioning theater companies’ vertical structures.

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