• Urban intervention

JARDÍN SONORO VOLUMEN 2

By Aliana Alvarez Pacheco and Florencia Lavall

Argentina

  • Spanish
  • 70 minutes
  • +12

Warning You’ll need to download the Jardín Sonoro Volumen 2 app from the Play Store or App Store to take part.

An experience for nature lovers that invites us to walk through a garden and listen to mini plays from Argentine authors.


Jardín sonoro vol. 2 is an experience held in public, mixing theater with new technology. Using an app, the audience walks through a garden, where they can listen to six different plays about nature. A women loses her human nature. An old woman in her own garden remembers her first love. A young woman discovers the holistic way the East has of understanding nature. A woman talks about the reciprocal relationship between mother and daughter. A woman thinks back to her separation using an analogy between native and exotic plants. A woman follows instructions, accompanied by her siblings of the air, trees.

All the plays are written, directed and performed by contemporary Argentine playwrights whose productions explore different esthetics and worlds.

Cast and crew


Artistic director: Aliana Alvarez Pacheco | Artistic producer: Florencia Lavalle | Executive producer: Sol Sañudo | Written by: Cynthia Edul, Andrea Garrote, Agustina Gatto, Silvia Gómez Giusto, Mariana Obersztern, Eugenia Pérez Tomas | Art and design: Johanna Wilhelm and Gisela Cukier | App development: Mathias Gatti and Manuel Herrera | Sound design: Emiliano Biaiñ, Marcos Zoppi and Facundo de Vedia (ZUB Sonido) | Studio recordings for Verde esencial, Te quiero, Una exótica: Nicolás Clur | Design and signage: Mavi Rossi and María Eugenia Ruani | Photography: Josefina Tommasi

Aliana Alvarez Pacheco

Director

A botanical director

As well as taking on the artistic direction of Jardín sonoro, she’s also a psychology graduate, cultural consultant and a graduate in playwriting from the University of Buenos Aires. As a playwright, she’s received awards from the National Institute of Theater, the National University of the Arts, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Temporada Alta Festival. Her plays have been published in Argentina and Mexico.

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Florencia Lavalle

Producer

Green management

This cultural consultant and actress has trained under Alejandro Catalán, Nahuel Cano and Claudio Quinteros, among others. She’s coordinated art-related media projects at the Buenos Aires Biennale of Young Art and at the Ópera Periférica Foundation, a company that aims to find new audiences for opera performed non-traditional venues.

Jardín sonoro

Proyect

The best flower was mine

This project explores the crossover between theater and new technology and was created by Argentine cultural consultants Aliana Alvarez Pacheco and Florencia Lavalle. As well as being a performance art piece, Jardín Sonoro is also a platform that provides more information about the work and tours of contemporary Argentine playwrights. Johanna Wilhelm, a visual artist who specializes in the paper-cut technique and is renowned for her work in the theater play El hombre que perdió su sombra takes charge of the project’s visuals. Jardín Sonoro Volumen 1 has been put on at the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden (2019-2020), at the Rafaela Theater Festival (Santa Fe, 2019), at the Espacios Inesperados Theater Festival (Vicente López, 2019) and at the Aúra Performing Arts Festival (La Plata, 2019). A longer version of Jardín Sonoro Volumen 1 was put on in February 2020 at the International University Theater Festival at the National Autonomous University of Mexico as a coproduction, together with two plays by Mexican playwrights Jimena Eme Vázquez and Stefanie Izquierdo.

“We recommend playing this like it’s a treasure hunt, without thinking too far ahead. We already know that in order to find ourselves, we have to lose ourselves first, so there’s nothing better than leaving things to instinct and behaving like a real flâneur among nature. It’s better without a fixed route”.

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—It’s a quick and mobile way to get an overview of contemporary Argentine playwrights such as Andrea Garrote, director of El Patrón Vázquez; Agustina Gatto, who has written scripts for cinema, theater and TV and Mariana Obersztern, who has previous experience in the visual arts. These are just a few examples of those taking part in this local version.

—It uses something as commonplace as a mobile phone not only to let us know what’s on or to give us extra information about the plays but as a theatrical device in itself. “We thought it’d be interesting to transform a mobile phone into something that could provide access to a cultural experience, beyond traditional venues”, said Aliana Alvarez Pacheco to Página 12.

—It’ll make you fall in love with gardens all over again. Attendees take part in a kind of relay race among the different native species. It’s also a natural and meditative way of maintaining social distance.

Site specific: This type of theater production is designed to be performed in a specially adapted specific place, not a traditional venue. The specific site could be a place that was not built with artistic performances in mind (for example, a hotel, patio or remodeled building) or an unconventional venue (such as a forest). This type of theater is normally more interactive than conventional and members of the audience are normally expected to walk around or move (instead of sitting), something called ‘walking theater’.

Interactive theater: This is a new way of understanding dramatization, with what happens being decided by the audience. It leaves behind a lineal narrative, with the once-passive audience taking on a more active role similar to role playing. New cultural products come together, combining the analogical with the digital, in a crossover that is ever more blended. According to Tom Mustroph, Brazilian playwright Augusto Boal was one of the first people to use this form in his plays in shanty towns, with the audience getting onto the stage to explain to the actors how they should play out a scene.

—Watch the minute-long clip about the Jardín Sonoro volumen 1 experience at the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden. The song in it is called Mi naturaleza by Gloria Carrá and Jano Seitun.

—Get an idea of what you’ll be listening to by reading the piece Mi naturaleza by Paula Marull, part of Jardín sonoro volumen 1.

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