Directed by Álvaro Viguera | Written by Juan Villoro


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La desobediencia de Marte revisits the relationship of two of the main figures in world astronomical history: Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. Set in 1600 but with clear references to the here and now, the piece is presented as a play on fiction between two men who try to explain what it is they should really study to advance their research. In this process, they start looking at the problem of language, the perfection of mathematics and God’s irregularity, errors of the heart, what we think and think we know without knowing how to explain any of it and, above all, the fragility of the link between two brilliant minds.

Álvaro Viguera, one of the most prolific directors on the Chilean scene presents an unprecedented play by the outstanding Mexican writer Juan Villoro. Starring Francisco Reyes and Néstor Cantillana, the show is a journey between what is most distant in the universe and what is most routine in our emotions, limits and ineptitude.

Directed by Álvaro Viguera | Written by Juan Villoro | Cast Francisco Reyes and Néstor Cantillana | Assistant director Sol de Caso | Images Delightlab | Music Marcelo Vergara | Wardrobe Andrea Contreras | Associate producers Puerto de Ideas and La Santa Producciones.

“Astronomy is an excuse to talk about human nature, the relationship between the actor and the stage and even the mysteries of the father-son relationship”.

─Wikén Magazine, El Mercurio

“The beauty of the production is in its actors, who run circles around themselves, taking advantage of their resources and functions in an always entertaining and efficient way”.


“They say that Álvaro Viguera is the kind of director that hasn’t existed for a long time, obsessive about every single word and gesture, as if an invisible camera was following the performers around on stage”.

─ La Tercera

—The powerful acting of Francisco Reyes and Néstor Cantillana, who shoulder the weight of an entertaining but complex text, full of twists and turns and different styles but managing to deal with it all skillfully on stage.

Its script merges theater and science, reviving the story of two of the astronomers who were key to developing Copernican theory - which maintained that the earth and other planets orbited the sun - in the seventeenth century. To highlight this aspect, the piece’s director, Álvaro Viguera, includes images of space taken from the ALMA Observatory, as well as its sounds: waves emitted by the stars and captured by ALMA’s radio-telescope, which are then turned into snippets that are audible to the human ear.

—It’s a production that is extremely relevant and that has been successfully performed in several countries. It’s currently on tour in the author’s home country of Mexico.

—Johannes Kepler: Born in Germany in 1571, he was interested in the sky and the stars from an early age. He studied Astronomy at the University of Tubingen, where his teacher, Michael Maestlin, taught him about the Copernican theory of the earth moving round the sun. He dedicated his life to studying the planets and died in 1630.

—Tycho Brahe: This French astronomer was born in 1546 and studied Law and Philosophy before settling on astronomy. A follower of Copernican theory, he worked on developing this with the help of Johannes Kepler, interpreting data later on in his life and until his death in 1601. In La desobediencia de Marte, his character - played by Francisco Reyes - uses a gold prothesis on his nose, since Brahe lost his in a fight at university.

La desobediencia de Marte trailer on Vimeo

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