• Urban intervention

  • Performance


By Laboratorio de creación teatral | Written and directed by Stefany Duarte


  • Spanish
  • 24 hours
  • General Audience

Warning We suggest you use binoculars

What happens when you take what occurs between four walls and put it on a rooftop? You’ll find out in this installation, where the audience watches from a lookout in Valparaíso.

Techo is an installation-play to be watched from a distance. The play takes place on the roof of the abandoned Maestranza Barón building under the premise that the people there have decided to leave behind the four walls of their houses to live out in the open. This theatrical piece aims to create a dialogue between the audience on the Cerro Barón lookout and the performers. It’s an interdisciplinary piece and takes place in real time during a whole day.

Cast and crew

Written and directed by: Stefany Duarte | Set, costume and lighting designer and lighting: Tamara Figueroa AS | Technical and mapping director: Kevin Morrizur | Aerial technician: Mario Nuñez | Performers: Adriana Butoi, Irina Gallardo, Pita Torres, Nicolás Eyzaguirre, Felipe Allende, Daniela Schuster, Gonzalo Fernández, Jonathan Bórquez, Diana Del Río, Felipe González, César Henríquez, Francisco Giménez, Luis Ramos | Assistant technician: Eduardo Pérez | Audiovisual recordings: Lukas Nova, Fernanda Peñaililo, Andrés Eyzaguirre.

Stefany Duarte


Territorial work

After studying theater acting at the Playa Ancha University and at the Teatro La Memoria Center for Theatrical Research, she has focused on installations and performance. She started out as part of Teatro Mendicantes, then created Familia Repudio, writing and directing a trilogy of plays in abandoned places. In 2015, she founded the training-nomadic Laboratorio de creación teatral, an interdisciplinary group that looks into exploring places in disrepair and territories in conflict. They took part in the Theater Network for the End of the World’s Abandoned Places Program for Theatrical Occupation (Mexico) and in an exhibition of set design and theatrical architecture for the Prague Quadrennial in 2019. She’s currently working on Brote, an installation with a greenhouse that will look into botanic and eco-feminist memories in Valparaíso’s Sotomayor Square.

—It’s an experience that recreates the way things are normally seen in Valparaíso - from above. That’s why the port is usually described as a ‘natural amphitheater’, due to its sloped terrain that gives a view of the city and the sea from different hills and lookouts.

—For quite a while now, Stefany Duarte and the Laboratorio de creación teatral have been developing a unique body of work taking charge of obsolescence on the city’s landscape.

—It once again highlights the importance of the Barón area, a sector of the port city that has been used for other avant-garde theatrical pieces and where experiences such as Teatro Container were conceived and developed.

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’.

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

—Take a look at the recording of Imperecederos, Laboratorio de creación teatral’s installation in 2017 in Tampico, Mexico

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