• Theater

FEOS

By Teatro y su Doble | Directed by Aline Kuppenheim | Written by Guillermo Calderón, inspired by the story La noche de los feos by Mario Benedetti

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 50 minutes
  • +14

A man and woman meet for the first time in the line at the movie theater. It’s the beginning of a story about the good - but mostly the bad things about being different.


A man and woman meet for the first time in the line at the movie theater. Both have visible physical deformities, are alone and are subjected to nasty stares from others. Inevitably, they realize they have something in common and that they are ‘made for each other’. Together, they decide to go in search of the light behind the darkness, although nothing is quite as it seems.

Inspired by the story La noche de los feos by Mario Benedetti and written by Guillermo Calderón, Feos is the latest production by Teatro y Su Doble that has been toured in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Like the company’s previous plays, puppets and animations are the story’s main characters, although this time the performance is for adults.

Cast and crew


Written by: Guillermo Calderón, inspired by the story La noche de los feos by Mario Benedetti | Directed by: Aline Kuppenheim | Puppeteers: Aline Kuppenheim, Ricardo Parraguez, Ignacio Mancilla, Catalina Bize, Gabriela Diaz de Valdés | Produced by: Loreto Moya | Voices: Francisco Melo, Roberto Farías, Aline Kuppenheim | Lighting: José Luis Cifuentes, Raúl Donoso | Sound and projections: Benjamín Ortíz, Tomás Arias | Staging: Cristián Reyes | Lighting designers: Arnaldo Rodríguez, Cristián Reyes | Original score and soundtrack: José Miguel Miranda | Set, costume and lighting designer: Aline Kuppenheim | Puppets and miniatures made by: Aline Kuppenheim, Santiago Tobar, Ignacio Mancilla, Vicente Hirmas, Daniel Blanco | Costume designer: Muriel Parra, Felipe Criado | Director of photography: Arnaldo Rodríguez | Animations: Aline Kuppenheim, Antonia Cohen, Camila Zurita | Post-production: Luis Salas, Renzo Albertini | Front-of-house technical team: José Luis Cifuentes, Raúl Donoso, Tomás Arias, Benjamín Ortiz, Pablo Cepeda | Stills: Elio Frugone | Financed by: FONDART | Produced by: Teatro y Su Doble | Coproduced by: the Teatro a Mil Foundation.

© Elio Frugone

Aline Kuppenheim

Director

For the love of puppet theater

With a long career in film, television and theater, this actress, theater director, illustrator and visual artist (Barcelona, 1969) has dedicated her life to theater for more than a decade. In 2005, she founded Teatro y su Doble (formerly Teatro Milagros), with whom she has created touching puppet plays aimed at both infant and adult audiences, using intricate puppets she and her team have made. She has also had starring roles in movies (Machuca, Una mujer fantástica) and important TV series, such as Ecos del desierto, Prófugos and Bala loca.

Guillermo Calderón

Guillermo Calderón

Theater as resistance

A playwright, scriptwriter and theater director (Santiago, 1971), Calderón is one of the most international figures in contemporary Chilean theater. In 2006, he cofounded Teatro en el Blanco, writing and directing Neva and Diciembre. Then came works such as Clase, Villa, Discurso, Escuela, Kuss, Beben and Mateluna. He directed Beben and Kuss at the Dusseldorf Schauspielhaus; Goldrausch at the Basel Theater and Neva at New York’s Public Theater. His work has been presented in more than 25 countries. In film, he has worked on the scripts of Violeta se fue a los cielos and Araña by Andrés Wood, as well as El club, Neruda and Ema by Pablo Larraín.

© Elio Frugone Piña – Fototeatro.cl

Teatro y su Doble

Teatro y su Doble

Telling stories for all kinds of audiences

Teatro y su Doble was formed in 2005 as the Milagros Theater to experiment with and create new theatrical styles and different theatrical tools, with puppets eventually becoming their tool of choice. The actors-puppeteers are at the beck and call of these inanimate objects, conveying emotions and bringing scripts to life thanks to the audience’s willingness to believe. The company has already performed other outstanding pieces, such as Capote, Pedro y el lobo, Sobre la cuerda floja and Feos. The last three have been co-produced by the Teatro a Mil Foundation.

“The play concludes with a wordless morning after that glows with aching ambivalence”.
─The New York Times

“The artistry of the puppeteer in creating life is magical in this story. I should open a thesaurus and write down every superlative here”.

–David Walters, The Front Row Center

It has received excellent reviews both in Chile and abroad. The press have particularly highlighted Teatro y su Doble’s poignant use of puppets and Guillermo Calderón’s excellent adaptation of Mario Benedetti’s story.

–It’s an intimate and moving story for adults that makes the audience reflect on things like love, appearances and why anyone who’s different is rejected.

–The lifelike qualities of the puppets, who are able to interpret and convey emotions thanks to their ability to carry out specific, realistic movements. “To make the movements realistic, you need more than one puppeteer per puppet. Everything we do in rehearsals and onstage is aimed at making these movements as realistic as possible”, explains director of Feos, Aline Kuppenheim, in an interview with the Teatro a Mil Foundation.

Puppet theater: In the book Aproximación al teatro de títeres by Argentine puppeteer Juan Enrique Acuña, this genre is defined as ‘a group of artistic disciplines and techniques through which a specific kind of show is created, performed and organized, characterized by the use of certain expressive material elements’. Four different basic techniques are usually mentioned: stick, glove, shadow and either mobile or string puppets. All these forms have been improved upon by technological advances and experimentation. “Puppet theater is capable of representing the errors of society, politics, religion and human life in general”, says Cuban theater magazine Conjunto, which is why it’s a mistake to associate this type of performance only with children.

Mario Benedetti: Born on September 14 1920, this Uruguayan is one of the most well-known Latin American authors in the world thanks to plays like La tregua, Montevideanos, Primavera con una esquina rota and Todos contra el fuego. Before becoming a writer, he was a salesman, office worker, civil servant, stenographer and university professor. From 1973, he was in exile in Buenos Aires, Lima, Havana and Madrid, returning to Uruguay in 1985, where he carried on writing and won several international awards. He died on May 17, 2009.

-Find out more about Feos and the other plays by Teatro y su Doble on their YouTube channel

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