Continuing with the speculative exploration begun several years ago, in the works "Realism" (2016) and "Vegetative State" (2017), “How to Turn to Stone” furthers the task of envisioning a non-anthropocentric, non-humanist theater. This is, to counter the modern notion of humanness as the measure of all things. The concept of "the human" has served to sustain and justify significant exploitations and exclusions. Not only towards nonhumans, but also towards humans considered less than human.A non-human theater is a critical endeavor, but also a speculative practice with other forms of organization, other forms of politics, by means of which we try to enact a kind of decolonization of the theatrical practices from human centered and human modeled thinking.
What can we learn form rocks? What could arise from the process of imitating those who have never been born, will never grow, and never die?
Rocks, as non-living things, may function as models for a different kind of resistance. They may shed critical light on the current hegemonic rhetoric of life -and the living- ingrained in concepts central to our political and economic present, such as growth, progress, development, etc. This is a sort of bio-normativism: LIFE as a norm that exerts its specific forms of oppression and exploitation.
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Manuela Infante is a Chilean theater director, playwright, scriptwriter and musician. MA in Cultural Analysis at University of Amsterdam. She is well known for offering scenic articulations of contemporary theoretical issues. With her group Teatro de Chile (2002-2016) she wrote and directed work with the permanent support of the Chilean Funds for the Arts. Four of her plays have been published and translated into English, Italian and Portugese. Her work has toured U.S.A, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Singapore, Corea and Japan. She has produced work with Hebbel am Uffer (Germany), Festival de Modena (Italy), The Watermill Center (New York), FIBA (Buenos Aires), FITAM (Santiago) and KVS (Belgium). In 2015 she was the first woman to be appointed director of The National Festival for Dramaturgy in Chile. In 2019 se was the first Chilean theater maker to be invited to the Venice Biennale 2019 with her plays “Estado Vegetal” and “Realismo”.As a musician she has composed, written and produced two albums with her band "Bahía Inútil". "Stand Scared" (2011) and "Bahía Inútil" (2015). She has also been in charge of the sound design of most of her works. As a scriptwriter she has worked with renowned Chilean film directors such as Cristián Jiménez, Alicia Scherson, Marialy Rivas and Sebastian Lelio.
Dirección Manuela Infante Dramaturgia Manuela Infante Elenco Marcela Salinas, Aliocha De La Sotta y Rodrigo Pérez Diseño Integral Rocío Hernández Jefe técnico Pablo Mois Producción Carmina Infante Sonidista Diego Betancourt Entrenamiento Diana Carvajal Asesoría teórica Carolina Valenzuela Co-producción Matucana 100 y Fundación Teatro a Mil Colabora Parque Cultural de Valparaíso| Duración 45 minutos, + conversatorio post showcase | Idioma Español. Conversación con traducción consecutiva al inglés.