• Radio theater

DELIRIO

By Colectivo The Braiers | Directed by Heidrun Breier | Written by Falk Richter

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 5 chapters lasting between 9 and 17 minutes each
  • +16

Love. Freedom. Crises. Existence. Four words that take on a new meaning in today’s hyper-connected era and that make up this radio theater piece, full of humor and irony.


Delirio is a contemporary German piece that looks into modern relationships. With both humor and irony, author Falk Richter discusses the pursuit of happiness, personal fulfillment and love in a twenty-first century multimedia society. This theater adaptation by Colectivo The Braiers conveys a couple’s conflicts through different layers of sound.

Can the clandestine nostalgia of freedom and loss of control only be summed up by a torrent of consumerism, by work or by the stock market? Have our hard-earned autonomy and individual self-responsibility turned into a curse?

Cast and crew


Written by: Falk Richter | Translated by: Margit Schmohl | Directed and adapted by: Heidrun Breier | Cast: Néstor Cantillana, Macarena Teke, Gonzalo Muñoz Lerner, Pablo Schwarz, América Navarro García, Gabriel Muñoz Breier | Music: Diego González | Sound and mixing: Nicolás Moreno | Producer: Inés Bascuñán | Coproduced by: Colectivo The Braiers, the Teatro a Mil Foundation, the Goethe Institute, the Ovalle Municipal Theater, Emisor Podcasting.

Heidrun Breier

Director

The Romanian factor

This Romanian-German actress and director worked for four years at the Leipzig Municipal Theater before emigrating to Chile in 1998. She studied at Alfredo Castro’s La Memoria Academy, and with actor Daniel Muñoz at Un Mundo Teatro on productions such as Cocinando con Elvis, Una relación pornográfica, Filóctetes and El rey del plagio, winning an Altazor award for Best Director in 2009 for the latter. She also took part in the play Los bufones de Shakespeare by Teatro Sombrero Verde, directed by Willy Semler. She has directed plays by European playwrights such as Falk Richter, Heiner Müller and Katja Brunner with the company she founded, Colectivo The Braiers, also doing research, dramatized readings and putting on productions such as Demasiado cortas las piernas, GAZ and El Horacio.

Teatro para ojos cerrados

Colectivo The Braiers

Bringing new and classic European plays to the stage

This theater group has been working continuously on plays such as Bajo hielo and Delirio by Falk Richter, as well as GAZ, El Horacio and Sala de espera future by Oliver Kluck, the dramatic reading that led to Katja Brunner’s production called Demasiado cortas las piernas. It’s made up of actors Néstor Cantillana, Macarena Teke and Gonzalo Muñoz Lerner and actress and director Heidrun Breier.

“Néstor Cantillana shines in this intense and unpredictable piece (…), showing that he’s one of the most versatile talents on the local scene. He should be forced to be in at least two plays a year, as it’s a delight to see him take to the stage”.

Culturizarte

“Delirio seems to ask how a man so uncertain of his own future is able to understand the new hyper-connected world appearing right in front of his eyes”.

Hiedra Magazine

—It tackles relationships in times of hyper-connection. Referring to its performance in 2015, critics said that “it’s a production that allows us to take a look at ourselves and reflect on our amorous relationships and how we communicate nowadays. In other words, it looks at society under a microscope, revealing what determines who we are right now”.

— Colectivo The Braiers has been developing productions by contemporary European authors who reveal part of the current human condition for five years now. Their thought-provoking scripts are brought vibrantly to the stage (and in this case, to the airwaves).

—Néstor Cantillana is one of the most versatile actors of his generation, joined this time by Macarena Teke in a dynamic that leads to reflection. As Cantillana’s character says at one point in the script talking about them both, “we’re quite normally unstable”.

Falk Richter: One of the most important German playwrights and theater directors of his generation, his body of work has been translated into more than 25 languages and premiered all over the world. He’s notably innovative and shies away from academicisms. The omnipresent condemnation of paper in the media and of globalization are some of his most recurring topics; his characters live in inhospitable places and move around in a permanent state of neurosis and insecurity, searching for authenticity.

Radio theater in Chile: According to the Memoria Chilena site, the first radio theater piece in Chile was transmitted in 1932 on the now-defunct Universo station. It was called La enemiga and starred Maruja Cifuentes and Carlos Justiniano. Normally broadcast at midday, these stories were usually melodramatic and aimed at a female audience although, in the following decades and until 1970, radio theater was also fertile terrain for comedies and even suspense. Hogar dulce hogar, Residencial La Pichanga, La bandita de Firulete and the memorable Radiotanda with actress Ana González were emblematic of their times. The most famous ones in the terror genre were El doctor Mortis and Lo que cuenta el viento.

—Read Teatro del Puente’s 2014 interview with director Heidrun Breier about the premiere of Delirio.

—Listen to the Ovalle Cultural Corporation’s interview with Néstor Cantillana and Macarena Teke via Instagram.

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