December 8, 2013
Renowned actress Elena Tasisto dies
Celebrated stage and screen actress Elena Tasisto, a former member of the Teatro San Martín’s resident cast, died yesterday morning from cancer complications, according to a communiqué released by the theatre. She was 65.
Born in 1948, Tasisto graduated from the National Drama School in 1968. That same year, she joined the Teatro San Martín’s resident cast, taking lead roles in the theatre’s most important productions.
After the resident cast was dismantled, Tasisto took a seven-year hiatus and came back in Vita y Virginia, directed by Oscar Barney Finn. It was followed by a production of Calderón de la Barca’s La vida es sueño and then Isabel sin corona, with régie by Kado Kostzer.
Tasisto will perhaps be best remembered for the sheer force with which she performed different roles (the mother or one of the daughters) in Federico García Lorca’s La casa de Bernarda Alba.
In a 2001 interview, Tasisto, discussing the process whereby actors outline and then define their characters, said that, “Defining (the traits) of a character is not that difficult. Since I obsess over the texts, I am able to round out a character’s traits after a few readings.”
Tasisto went on to explain that there is not one single way of building a character. “Even when I finally find my way, I keep on thinking and developing new things on the stage until the character is fully rounded.” Tasisto, best known as a powerful drama actress with a solid background, often said that her motto was “To attain the maximum result with the minimum expression.”
Tasisto acknowledged that theatre, as a profession, allowed her to live out different lives, all of them infused with passion, however remote from her own daily life.
“I had to pay no cost for this privilige,” Tasisto said.
“I’m an austere woman and I have no great ambitions. Of course, I had my share of suffering, just like everyone else, but it was never due to the privilege of being an actress,” she said about the art she so passionately embraced.
Apart from the stage, Tasisto’s talent and dedication were also evident in the films Últimos días de la víctima (1982), Camila (1984), and Contar hasta diez (1985). Tasisto’s television work included supporting roles in Rosa de lejos (1980-1981), Atreverse (1990-1992), and the revamped classic comedy series Alta comedia (1990-1995).
In 1997, upon receiving the Golden ACE lifetime achievement award and the ACE for Best Actress in a Drama (Vita y Virginia), Tasisto said that, “These prizes honour passion. No amount of effort is enough without the passion.”
In 2011 Tasisto was awarded the Platinum Konex Prize for Best Actress of the decade.
— Herald with Télam, online media