Theater

PALOMA AUSENTE

By La Patogallina

Chile

  • Español
  • 75 minutes
  • +7

Advertencia +7. Involves smoke effects and confetti machines

Created by one of the main contemporary Chilean theater companies, this is a journey through the creative mind of Violeta Parr, full of color, music and emotions.


Paloma ausente is street theater for the masses”. This is how the latest piece by the theatrical group La Patogallina - a show that looks at all the different social roles Violeta Parra played during her life and highlights her spirit and legacy - has been described. Collaborator, mother, singer, guitar player and visual artist are just some of the sides to one of Chile’s most extraordinary creators. Physical theater, the use of objects and puppets, the creation of poetic images and the essential presence of live music form the popular street style used by La Patogallina to pay homage to the country’s greatest singer-songwriter. Far removed from theater full of folklore and costumbrismo, Paloma ausente uses a theatrical style that isn’t based on reality but which has been described as ‘rural surrealism’. The play is a Teatro a Mil Foundation co-production that was one of several different initiatives supported by the National Council for Culture and the Arts to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Violeta Parra’s birth in 2017.

Directed by: Martín Erazo | Dramatic structure and original idea by: Martín Erazo | Script development: Carla Zúñiga and Martín Erazo | Cast: Sandra Figueroa, Victoria González, Gloria Salgado, Laura Maldonado, Matías Burgos, Juan Ferino, Eduardo Moya, Rodrigo Rojas, Cael Orrego and Antonio Sepúlveda | Musical director: Alejandra Muñoz | Musicians: Jaime Molina, Emilio Miranda, Alejandra Muñoz | Puppets: Tomas O’Ryan & La Patogallina | Set, costume and lighting design: La Patogallina | Set design consultant: Pablo de la Fuente | Development: Rodrigo Rojas, Eduardo Moya, Juan Ferino | Costume designer: Antonio Sepúlveda | Sound: Pablo Riveros | Producer: Lorena Ojeda Sepúlveda | A Ministry of Culture, the Arts and Heritage, Chile Crea, Teatro a Mil Foundation and Minga Stage Productions coproduction.

“La Patogallina stands out for bringing a poetic style to the stage (…) always looking to talk about our history and use it to decipher the identity of a country that is still under construction”.

University of Chile Radio

—More than a biographical review of Violeta Parra’s life, this piece aims to delve into the artist’s creative mind. “More than anything, our production focuses on the rock in her music and, above all, on the idea that the production can get out and about, just like she did”, its creators have said.

—The show’s powerful live music is made up of the sounds of electronic instruments and a low-tuned acoustic guitar, converting Violeta’s original compositions into newer, more contemporary ones.

—La Patogallina is a legendary company on the Chilean theater scene and one that’s always mentioned when talking about national contemporary theater.

—Physical theater: This is a kind of theater based on the body’s expressive and communicational abilities, in performances whose aim is to tell a story using corporality. Its roots are in Japanese nō theater, Italian commedia dell’arte, circus acts, certain types of Asian theater and mime. Its modern-day version is usually said to date from the first half of the twentieth century.

—La Patogallina’s official YouTube channel

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