Theater

ESTADO VEGETAL

Directed by Manuela Infante Written by Manuela Infante and Marcela Salinas

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Estado Vegetal is a polyphonic, expansive, exuberant, reiterative, divisible and sessile monologue and a play that deals unrelentingly with an impossible dialogue - that of human beings and plants. Based on the revolutionary train of thought of plant philosophers such as Michael Marder and of plant neurobiologists such as Stefano Mancuso, the director and playwright Manuela Infante looks into how new concepts such as plant intelligence, the vegetative soul or plant communication can transform our creative practices.


Estado Vegetal is a polyphonic, expansive, exuberant, reiterative, divisible and sessile monologue, starring a woman but not an individual: she is a multitude, a crowd. This is not an animal-based play, but a plant-based one.

Using the revolutionary train of thought of plant philosophers such as Michael Marder and of plant neurobiologists such as Stefano Mancuso, this exploration looks into how new concepts such as plant intelligence, the vegetative soul or plant communication can transform our creative practices.

If we accept that plants have other ways of thinking, feeling and communicating, a different way of being intelligent and another form of consciousness and notion of time, perhaps we can transform our own notions about thinking, feeling, communicating and being conscious. In the words of Marder, “Recognizing a valid ‘other’ in plants is to also recognize this other plant within us”.

Estado Vegetal deals unrelentingly with an impossible dialogue - that of human beings and plants in a failed dialogue with nature that is perhaps our most innate monologue.

Directed by Manuela Infante | Dramaturgy by Manuela Infante and Marcela Salinas | Cast Marcela Salinas | Set, costume and lighting designer Rocío Hernández | Prop designer and creator Ignacia Pizarro | Voice Recording Pol del Sur | Translation Bruce Gibbons, Alex Ripp y British Council Chile | Produced by Carmina Infante | Co-produced by NAVE, Center for Creations and Residencies - Teatro a Mil Foundation

“Estado vegetal provokes a budding fascination for the subtle versatility with which Marcela Salinas runs through the voices and bodies that make up this polyphonic story” , La Nación

- Manuela Infante said about the play at the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA): “My interest in plants comes more from a desire to rethink and embrace differences than from environmental concerns. On the other hand, I think there’s a part of environmentalism that is concerned with saving the world ourselves. I lean more towards the idea of extinction and think that we should start to process our own extinction as a species. And art, as a place where we can create much-needed rituals, means we have to abandon our place at the center of the universe.”

- “In a certain way, this play and Realismo are siblings, since they come from the same place - philosophy - and take on theater with a non-anthropocentric approach. In Realismo, objects come alive and actors are secondary; this play deals with neurobiology and suggests how consciousness and communication operate inside the plant kingdom", adds Infante.

- Manuela Infante has been working for some time on post-anthropocentric theater: “Thinkers like Bruno Latour, Jane Bennet, Graham Harman or Manuel de Landa have developed bodies of work that emphasize the real contribution of non-human forces (operating in nature, in the human body, in history or in politics, for example) in an attempt to counteract the narcissism of language and modern thought … I think that the suggestions of post-humanist thinkers, as well as that of speculative realists or plant philosophers, is fundamental to a profound change in the way we understand ourselves as beings in the world,” she adds.

- Since its premiere at the end of May 2017, Estado Vegetal has also been performed to resounding success in countries such as Singapore, Switzerland and South Korea.

- Manuela Infante is considered as one of the most daring and inspiring directors and playwrights of her generation. Having written around 20 plays, her work has won awards both in Chile and abroad. As well as her individual work, she has taken part in projects such as Xuárez (2015) - directing a script written by Luis Barrales - and been involved in the creation of family-orientated theater shows, such as El corazón del gigante egoísta (2016) and Ayudándole a sentir, both directed by Juan Pablo Peragallo.

- Infante has also begun to write scripts for series and movies. She recently agreed to co-write the script for Evasión, the new movie by Chilean director Cristián Jiménez (Bonsai).

—Stefano Mancuso: Called “the man who talks to plants” in a recent interview with The New York Times, the research of this Italian plant neurobiologist aims to find out more about the plant kingdom, its behavior, language and interactions. “If a UFO landed on earth, its crew would definitely head for the plants, seeing in them their natural counterparts because they make up 81.8 percent of our planet”, he says.

—Michael Marder: This Russian philosopher has written books such as Plant Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life and The Philosopher’s Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium, in which he analyzes the relationship between plants and humans and how much humanity has to learn from the plant kingdom and its interactions.

—Vegetative state: In medical terms, this is when a person has no conscious brain activity but whose bodily functions continue, such as sleeping, waking and even being able to move parts of their body.

—Polyphonic monologue: A term coined by linguist Ronald Macaulay in 1991 that refers to a narrator who quotes what the people in his story say. This opens up the possibility of showing different sides of the same story topic and incorporating different voices, without the narrator losing their unique role.

— Estado vegetal: When humans aren’t the stars of the show’. Article published by the Teatro a Mil Foundation

—Estado vegetal trailer on YouTube

—Interview with Manuela Infante and Marcela Salinas on Deutsche Welle Historias Latinas

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