—French director Séverine Chavrier is constantly looking into new ways of doing theater. Having initially trained as a pianist, the sounds and rhythms that affect her characters’ behavior normally have a starring role in her productions.
—The duo of Chilean actors made up of Claudia Cabezas and Nicolás Zárate have each had outstanding individual careers of their own, demonstrating their talent in 2018, when they starred in Jesús Urqueta’s acclaimed production Arpeggione, written by Chilean playwright Luis Alberto Heiremans.
—Although it was written in 1939, William Faulkner’s text challenges the social conventions of the time regarding what women should be and how they should act, something that was particularly appealing to the French director. “Feminine and masculine traits are somehow switched. Faulkner often creates very ‘masculine’ female leads. In the novel, Harry says to Charlotte, ‘You’re a better man than me’”’, says Séverine Chavrier.
—Arpeggione: Written by Chilean playwright Luis Alberto Heiremans in 1962, this text is part of the Buenaventura trilogy. It tells the story of Rosina and Lorenzo, two musicians who develop a deep musical and personal connection while rehearsing Schubert’s Sonata in A minor for viola and piano. You can read the whole text here.
—Literature and theater: Books are one of theater’s greatest sources. They emerged as part of the same genre, but the Romans separated them into different art forms. Only in the seventeenth century - when literacy began to improve - was a real distinction made, when novels, written for purely literary purposes, became more popular. Today, almost every important play has been adapted for theater or film. There are several at Santiago a Mil 2020: Plata quemada, based on the novel by Ricardo Piglia; Encuentros breves con hombres repulsivos, adpated from the text by David Foster Wallace and Confieso que he vivido, a theatrical concert based on Pablo Neruda’s memoires.
—Road movie: This is a film term that describes movies based on journeys (a journey of initiation or an escape) that determine the characters’ future. Famous road movies include
Rebel Without a Cause, Thelma & Louise, Sideways or the charming The Straight Story by David Lynch, known for using this same formula in Wild At Heart and Lost Highway.