December 12, 2013
Strangers in Argentina’s hinterland
Four plays plunder the depths of human relationships
LA FIERA, LA LEYENDA DE LA MUJER TIGRE. Written and directed by Mariano Tenconi Blanco, La fiera, la leyenda de la mujer tigre, is a very original play in which the female lead is presented as a cartoon character. The character in question was inspired by a northern Argentine legend: the tigress-woman, a rapacious creature who roams at night looking for prey. According to tradition, it’s not just human blood and something to feed on the tigress-woman wants: she seeks revenge for an unknown deed performed against her. Good performance by Iride Mockert. Songs and music performed by Ian Shifres and Sonia Álvarez.
Where & When. At El Extranjero, Valentín Gómez 3378. Tel: 4862-7400. Tuesdays at 9pm. Tickets $80. Students and seniors $60.
CHINA PAMPA. Written and directed by Ignacio Huang (he of Un cuento chino fame), China Pampa tackles identity issues through the story of a Chinese man married to an Argentine woman.
Written and staged in a comedic tone, China Pampa focuses on Lucero, a border guard on the remote Quanghai region in China. Lucero is married to Lucía, an Argentine folk music performer. In order to assimilate with his wife’s culture, Lucero decides to become a gaucho, or someone resembling a man roaming the pampas in the 19th century.
To this end, Lucero and Lucía come up with the idea of organizing a peña (folk music show) miles away from Argentina. With: Ignacio Huang, Viviana Cantín, Carlos Martín Fernández and Xiaodi Chen. Juan Francisco Dasso directs.
Where & When. At La carbonera, Balcarce 998. Tel: 4362-2651. Sundays at 7pm. Tickets $50 and $70.
SIENTO COSAS POR MI. Claudio Matto’s play Siento cosas por mí (I’ve Got Feelings for Myself) centres on four characters living under the weight of boredom and routine.
They even lack the capacity to express themselves verbally — meaning is conveyed only through gesture.
They are all obsessed with the notion of existential void, and eagerly wait for the arrival of a stranger who may open new horizons. With: Vanina Montes, Claudio Mattos, Diego Becker and Virginia Mihura.
Where & When. At Abrancancha Galpón de teatro, Martínez Rosas 941, Timbre 3 (at the intersection of Serrano and Warnes). Saturdays at 8.30pm. For reservations: 154-084-7726. Tickets $40 and $50.
RODANDO. Written and directed by Alejandro Acobino and Germán Rodríguez, Rodando was featured in the last edition of FIBA (Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires).
Rodando features a lonely man spinning a yarn illustrated by images projected on a screen.
The man comfortably sits back and details another man’s bicycle ride, a painful yet pleasant journey to a place only he knows about.
Excellent performance by Germán Rodríguez.
Where & When. At Teatro Del Abasto, Humahuaca 3549. Tel: 4865-0014. Wednesdays at 9pm. Tickets $56 and $80.