• Performance


By Lola Arias


  • Spanish
  • 60 minutes
  • +12

Warning Los participantes deben estar en condiciones de leer y comprender el texto de un libro. Para asistir a esta obra debes traer un libro de tu biblioteca. Ese libro lo donarás a un desconocido y a cambio recibirás un libro de otra persona. Escribe una dedicatoria: ¿ Qué le dirías a alguien que no conoces sobre tu libro?

Do you remember the last time you read out loud? Argentine director Lola Arias invites us to put down our mobile phones and replace them with a book.

Before mobile phones, people used to carry around books. They kept you company in the waiting room, on the bus or subway or in your free time. Today, all our time is productive: answering emails, posting photos, sending voice messages or commenting on news on social media, for example. Everything’s work, even when you’re not supposed to be doing anything.

In this performance, outstanding Argentine director Lola Arias (El año en que nací, Mi vida después, Campo minado) offers us an open-air reading experience. She provides us with a book with instructions on its pages, with the idea of taking these books for a walk. Reading as we’re standing up, together or alone. Reading while you’re walking, listening to music, reading someone else’s book over their shoulder, listening to someone reading out loud or craning your neck to see the name of another participant’s book. Reading as if we were in love. Reading to remember that we’re still free.

Cast and crew

Original concept: Lola Arias and Ulises Conti | Written and directed by: Lola Arias | Produced and researched by: TBC | Designer: José Délano.

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Lola Arias


Multiple ways of seeing the world

Born in 1976, this writer, theater and movie director and performer has created plays dealing with family-orientated subjects, such as El año en que nací (2012), based on the biographies of young Chileans born during the dictatorship; on collaborations with beggars (El arte de hacer dinero, 2013); on veterans of the Falklands War (Campo Minado, 2016) and on women from the former East Germany (Atlas des Kommunismus, 2016). She also composes music, publishes poetry and plays and writes. Her work has been translated into more than seven languages and has been performed at festivals worldwide.

—It’s a way of getting to know - or finding out more about - the work of Lola Arias, one of the main figures involved in reviving Latin American theater. In 2012, she surprised us with the collaborative work of El año en que nací at Santiago a Mil. This play that was put on again in 2017 and was selected as one of the most important plays of the first ten years of the Teatro a Mil Foundation’s Teatro Hoy season.

— Following the instructions given at the beginning, it’s held in pubic and takes the audience on an immersive experience through something as simple as reading a book.

—In today’s current climate, after months of lockdown and confinement both in our own homes and virtually – through tablets, mobile phones, computers – this performance not only makes us fall in love again with books but also helps us rediscover the city, seeing it through new eyes and regaining our lost curiosity.

Performance: An avant-garde art form in which the play’s medium is the artist’s body and the play itself is made up of the actions this carries out, normally combined with multiple other elements such as the visual arts, music, dance and theater. It’s one of the art forms that transformed art in the middle of the twentieth century.

—“I’m interested in getting books out and about again”. Lola Arias in an interview with El Espectacular in Argentina.

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