Country Argentina

Discipline Physical theater

Audience Adults

Recomended for +18

Duration 100 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 17, 18 and 19, 19.30h

Warning Nudity and explicit scenes

It’s directed by Gustavo Tarrío, one of the most private producers on the scene. He creates fantastic worlds in which different styles meet: music, audiovisuals, choreography and words are the basic tools for his wide-ranging forms of expression
La Nación, Argentina

In a dark corner, two friends from any old neighborhood greet each other with an ‘It’s all cool’ (‘Todo piola’ in Spanish), a phrase that unlocks the door to something unexpected: a fantastic, emotional and physical journey in which they are tangled up together, attracted to each other and drawn into fights. Todo piola is a mating ritual brought to the stage, a tale of action and romance that includes African daydreams with pygmies from the Congo, Blue Lagoon fan fiction and live music. Based on a poem by the renowned Argentine writer Mariano Blatt, director Gustavo Tarrío — an exceptional voice on the Argentine scene – and playwright and actor Eddy García embark on an exploration of friendship, love and sex using voices and bodies. It’s an intense, explosive piece that defies classification and fuses theater, dance and music. Using songs by singer Guadalupe Otheguy and the physical eloquence of the main characters, Todo piola submerges the audience in “the possibilities of romance as an artificial paradise … in the sweetness of the first throes of love", according to Tarrío.

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Gustavo Tarrío

(Argentina, 1969)

Gustavo Tarrío is a theater director, filmmaker and scriptwriter. He has worked in multiple different disciplines, combining film, theater and television. His pieces were initially performed in unconventional places like factories or in public. Some of his most important pieces include Afuera, Kuala Lumpur (with the Grupo Sanguíneo company), the movie Una canción coreana (2013) premiered at Bacifi and the plays El vestido de mamá (2016) and La Guiada (2017), premiered at the Cervantes National Theater in Buenos Aires.

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Mariano Blatt

(Argentina, 1983)

Mariano Blatt is one of Argentina’s great young poets, as well as being the editor and co-founder of Blatt & Ríos, one of Argentina’s most prestigious independent publishers, which has published books by authors such as César Aira, Fabián Casas and Rodolfo Fogwill. He has written Increíble (El niño Stanton) and El Pibe de Oro (Colección Chapita), as well as several short stories. He is a poetry and music programmer for the Ciudad Emergente Festival and, in 2015, Mansalva published a selection of his poems under the title Mi juventud unida.

Based on a poem by Mariano Blatt with songs by Guadalupe Otheguy | Written by Gustavo Tarrío and Eddy García | Director Gustavo Tarrío | Cast Eddy García, Carla Di Grazia, Guadalupe Otheguy | Lighting designer Agnese Lozupone | Lighting operator Diego Becker | Costumes Cristian Bonaudi and Ana Press | Graphics Maxi Sosa | Photos Leandro Bauducco | General assistant Florencia Siaba | Assistant director and movement designer Virginia Leanza | Executive producer Alejandra Menalled | Songs Guadalupe Otheguy

  • Todo piola is the result of the impact of Mariano Blatt’s poetry on Gustavo Tarrío. One of the most interesting and acclaimed young poets in Argentina, whose work is branded by a local, brutal tone full of homoeroticism, the play is a chance to see the intensity of Blatt’s verses brought to the stage. Blatt was involved in most of this piece’s creative process and loved the result, according to Tarrío.

  • Blatt speaks of the love between two men, but Tarrío wanted to make a play on ambiguity and chose a woman and a man who look alike as the leads. “United by admiration for a poet, a dancer, singer, actor and director come together to work on a project that in the end is neither dance, music or the mere staging of these poems. Todo piola takes on a deranged form, a remix of all of this”, says the La Nación newspaper.

  • The play deals with the first throes of young love; the moment in which bodies radiate intensity, fervor, enthusiasm and eroticism and the bonds of surrender and physical shows of affection are scrutinized. The focus is on the stars’ bodies as they move naked across the stage.

  • Todo piola investigates desire. "Bodies play a leading role in this piece. More than just genitalia, there’s a desire that makes itself felt between the characters. Part of the play’s strategy is to convey that desire between the two to the audience. Their bodies are naked, they get closer, they’re a way of getting closer to the public”, says the director.

  • Since its premiere in 2015, the play has been performed at the Iberian-American Festival in Cadiz (Spain) and at more than ten venues throughout Argentina, in cities such as Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Misiones, Corrientes, Neuquén and Mendoza.
  • Mariano Blatt’s poetry. Famous writer Fabián Casas describes Blatt as "one of the great young Argentine poets” and his poetry a “summary of his daily life, his perceptions and his genius”, using a local and colloquial language that deals with everyday matters such as friendship, football, electronic music, drugs, the infusion mate, homoeroticism and sex. The prestigious Argentine publishing house, Mansalva - which has published work by writers such as Héctor Libertella, Copi, Claudio Bertoni, Fabián Casas, Sergio Bizzio, Cecilia Pavón, Rodolfo Fogwill and César Aira - published Mi juventud unida, a compilation of his early poems, in 2015. On the back cover, poet, musician and editor Francisco Garamona wrote, “One day, Mariano Blatt’s poetry will be taught at schools and children of all ages will know it off by heart”.

«The director puts on a play as enigmatic as it is explosive, with two stars who move between dance and acting»

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«Todo piola isn’t limited to any one genre (...) a challenging and explosive piece, it’s as intense as the poetry that inspired it»
—La Nación, Argentina

«Irreverent and sarcastic physical theater, peppered with wit and irony. Todo piola leaves the audience breathless, defenseless and astonished by a torrent of energy»
Diario de Cádiz

It’s directed by Gustavo Tarrío, one of the most private producers on the scene. He creates fantastic worlds in which different styles meet: music, audiovisuals, choreography and words are the basic tools for his wide-ranging forms of expression
La Nación, Argentina

«The director puts on a play as enigmatic as it is explosive, with two stars who move between dance and acting»

Página 12

«Todo piola isn’t limited to any one genre (...) a challenging and explosive piece, it’s as intense as the poetry that inspired it»
—La Nación, Argentina

«Irreverent and sarcastic physical theater, peppered with wit and irony. Todo piola leaves the audience breathless, defenseless and astonished by a torrent of energy»
Diario de Cádiz

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