Theater

HEDDA GABLER

By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Claudia di Girolamo

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 130 minutes
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One of the most powerful female leads is brought to the stage by a duo of outstanding Chilean actresses: Claudia di Girolamo and Amparo Noguera.


One of the classics of naturalistic theater, this play is directed by Claudia di Girolamo and is based on an adaptation by Alexis Moreno, with actress Amparo Noguera playing one of the most challenging female roles in theater history. Written in 1890 by Norwegian Henrik Ibsen, this drama is set at the end of the nineteenth century and tells the story of Hedda Gabler, an aristocrat who’s just entered a marriage of convenience with George Tesman, a writer who hopes to get an important job after his book’s been published. He meets Eylert Lovborg - one of Hedda’s friends and also her former lover – who is a novelist who wants the same job as Tesman and who’s written a manuscript that’s even better than his. This stirs up Hedda’s jealousy and leads to a tragic ending. “The boredom of living here makes me panic”, says Hedda Gabler. Of living where? In a half-finished house that could be being either remodeled or in ruins? This production’s set doesn’t recreate a particular moment in time but rather reflects the internal chaos reigning inside of Hedda.

Original text: Henrik Ibsen | This version by: Alexis Moreno | Directed by: Claudia di Girolamo | Cast: Amparo Noguera, Ricardo Fernández, Néstor Cantillana, Marcela Salinas, Rodolfo Pulgar, Josefina Velasco y Diana Sanz | Music: Miguel Miranda | Set designer and lighting: Cristián Reyes | Costume designer: Pablo Núñez | Assistant director: Javiera Mendoza | Costume maker: Alexis Paredero | Women’s costume maker: Olivia Bustos | Tailor: René Riegga | Headdresses and accessories: Andy Moreno | General producer: Freddy Araya | A GAM Center production.

“(Amparo) Noguera’s performance is solid and intense and has moments of narrative”.

—La Tercera

“Complex, current and well-achieved under director Di Girolamo, as well as a cast whose brilliance is due to the sum of the whole rather than individual performances”.

—El Sur, Concepción

“This version of Hedda Gabler by Claudia di Girolamo is an engaging piece that places an emphasis on uncertainty and visuality”.

—Artes y Letras section of El Mercurio

The rich complexity of its main character who, according to Ibsen, is paradoxically trapped between being a strong, intelligent woman and a prisoner of the social conventions of the time, which demand she marries a ‘good catch’ and spend her life looking after her home and family. This routine ends up both cloistering her away physically and imprisoning herpsychologically. “Hedda’s character is as huge and mysterious as Medea or Phaedra (characters from Greek tragedy). When I was tackling this play as a director, I couldn’t stop thinking about the significance and universality of her profound restlessness and conformity. In her, I saw the social breakdown and collapse of a conservative framework in which women are at the mercy of a very limited, emasculating world”, says Claudia di Girolamo. “To me, Henrik Ibsen is the greatest playwright of women, an ally of their set-aside rights and dreams and an ally of non-conformism and contradictions”, adds actress Amparo Noguera.

—Its cast has been praised by critics for their excellent performances in the play. “It must be said that the actresses manage to embody their roles realistically and well and sometimes even very well”, said El Mercurio theater critic Pedro Labra.

—Its text is considered an innovation in the history of theater, with Henrik Ibsen constructing the story using the psychological traits of its lead character, Hedda Gabler, as well as what challenges her and her destructive faltering between what she wants and what she is forced to be. In fact, Ibsen’s play set the groundwork for modern naturalistic theater.

—Naturalistic theater: In this theater genre, characters undergo complex psychological developments, reflecting the thoughts and actions of real life. Its texts use the everyday language of the time they take place, causing a dramatic effect that is the result of spontaneity, as if what’s happening on stage is really occurring. It’s said that the author of Hedda Gabler - playwright Henrik Ibsen - was the driving force behind this kind of theater.

—Medea and Phaedra: These are the female leads in two of Euripides’ tragedies. They’re two intelligent women who are determined to be heard and whose passion leads them into extreme situations. While Medea takes vengeance on her beloved, Jason, by killing her children, Phaedra commits suicide after falsely accusing her step-son Hippolyte - who she’s in love with - of trying to rape her.

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