By Teatro La Peste Research Center
The less attractive side of immigration and the end of the ‘Chilean dream’ are part of this first international production by Valparaíso-based company La Peste.
Fronteras is Teatro La Peste Research Center’s first international coproduction, in collaboration with Peru and Mexico and partly financed by the Iberescena Fund and by the Valparaíso Cultural Park’s 2018 residency program. It’s a production that investigates the phenomena of immigration between Latin American countries, providing a universal reflection on this issue and its repercussions on people’s lives. On stage, a family of Peruvian siblings living in Villa El Salvador (a large camp on the outskirts of Lima, mainly made up of Peruvian families who have migrated from the countryside to the city) decides to come to Chile to flee the poverty and problems their elder sister’s links with the Shining Path have caused them. When they get to the border, the younger siblings hand her over to the police in exchange for money, a decision that, 13 years later in 2018 in Chile, has almost surreal consequences. Their idealistic image of Chile as a thriving, progressive country crashes down around them, with the characters unable to relinquish their social class, something that is apparently theirs forever and extends even beyond their country’s borders.
Cast and crew
Director: Danilo Llanos | Written by: Bosco Cayo | Cast: Jaime Leiva, Katty López, Daniela Misle, Daniel Antivilo | Musicalization: Nagasaki | Set: Miguel Alyayay J. | Costume design and creation: Valentina San Juan S. | Technical team: Eduardo Sepúlveda, Christian Riquelme, Joaquín Huenufil | General producer: Gabriela Arancibia L.
Training new generations
This actor, director and drama teacher has a Masters in Arts, specializing in Theater Direction from the University of Chile. Co-director of the Teatro La Peste Research Center in Valparaíso, his career has mainly focused on teaching and directing and he’s given classes at different higher education and secondary schools in the region. He’s recently been invited to direct the University of Antofagasta Theater Company’s research, creation and production process for the script Los perros comen de la basura, a version of Los papeleros by Isidora Aguirre.
A powerful new theatrical voice
This actor and playwright from the Catholic University is also a psychology graduate from the University of La Serena and a member of Compañía Limitada, Teatro Sin Dominio and Teatro La Mala Clase. He currently teaches at the Catholic University’s Theater School. His project Negra, la enfermera del General was chosen by the Royal Court Theater for the New Plays from Chile season. Among his work, Limítrofe, Leftraru, Silabario, La dama de los Andes (winner of the National Council for Culture and the Arts Best Literary Piece Award in the Playwriting Category in 2017), El Dylan, Plan Vivienda (2015-2045), Cuerpo Pretérito, Fronteras and Los despertares de Marín particularly stand out.
Teatro La Peste
Two decades of theater in the port town of Valparaíso
Formed in Valparaíso, this group has been working steadily on the performing arts for 20 years, not only creating 20 premieres to date but also carrying out notable consultancy, educational, mediation and site work. “In terms of the issues and areas that theater should tackle, we’re interested in what’s uncomfortable and in issues where it’s difficult to keep our footing. That’s where the questions with perhaps no answers come from; these are exactly the ones we want to ask”, says its members.
“Their plays are always to the point and include a strategy to instruct and inform about and question our country’s political and social reality”.
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