By Daniela Contreras López and Edison Cájas González
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A moving production that recreates the houses used for detaining and torturing people during the dictatorship, remembered by those who survived this traumatic experience.
After the military coup in Chile, Augusto Pinochet’s regime turned residential homes into undercover centers for kidnapping, where its opponents were tortured, murdered or, as a last resort, ‘disappeared’. Today we know these places existed thanks to the testimonies of their survivors. Proyecto Villa is a theatrical performance that explores the relationship between the architecture and memory of these places and suggests reflecting on the dictatorship and its effects on the present. Created by film-maker Edison Cájas González and actress Daniela Contreras López, this production stars actors Paulina Urrutia and Daniel Candia, who are part of a walking tour with several stops, where the audience watches dialogues and recreated scenes, based on the stories of those who survived this experience.
Cast and crew
Directed by: Edison Cájas and Daniela Contreras López | Written by: Daniela Contreras, based on testimonies from the Villa Grimaldi Peace Corporation’s Oral Archives | Performers: Paulina Urrutia and Daniel Candia | Design and lighting: Nicolás Jofré | Art and props: Daniela López | Audiovisual development: Edison Cájas | Musical score: Gonzalo G. Galleguillos | Press and publicity: Alicia Contreras | Produced by: Teatro Niño Proletario.
Daniela Contreras y Edison Cájas
Work based on memory and human rights
Daniela Contreras López is an actress, performer and theater director who graduated from the University of Chile and has a Masters in Theater and Performance Studies from King’s College London. She’s the creator of Huellas, a performance held in memory of the disappeared detainees, put on at the Memory and Human Rights Museum as part of the New York University Hemispheric Institute’s tenth eXcéntrico Exhibition. She’s also part of the Cuerpo Indisciplinado Research and Creation Group, whose work is based on performance. Together with this group, she worked on La Fábrica, a play selected by The Watermill Center in New York and presented as part of the Teatro a Mil Foundation’s Teatro Hoy season in 2017.
Edison Cájas González is a philosopher and film-maker from the University of Chile who specialized in film directing at the San Antonio de Los Baños International School in Cuba. His work reflects Chilean political history, intertwining stories based on his childhood with events that have occurred in Chile over the last few years. Since 2008, he’s been working at Villa Grimaldi’s Oral Archives, collecting audiovisual testimonies from survivors. El vals de los inútiles, his first full-length documentary about the 2011 student movement, won awards at the American Documentary Film Festival, the FAM in Florianopolis and the Mar del Plata Film Festival.
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