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Crossing paths: theatre and cinema

A skilfull blend: Chile’s TeatroCinema company.
By Juan Carlos Fontana

Chilean company brings mesmerizing diptych to Buenos Aires

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EL HOMBRE QUE DABA DE BEBER A LAS MARIPOSAS and HISTORIA DE AMOR (The Man Who Gave Water to the Butterflies and Love Story). As part of their international season, Chile’s theatre company TeatroCinema are staging two new productions at the Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires. Created in 2005 by director Juan Carlos Zagal, TeatroCinema is an ensemble specializing in collective creations, blending performing arts and cinema, theatre and dance to create original works. The two pieces shown in Argentina — a diptych of sorts — are being staged at the Teatro Presidente Alvear.

Written by Laura Pizarro, Dauno Tótoro and Juan Carlos Zagal, El hombre que daba de beber a las mariposas is the story of Filippo, an elderly man in his deathbed, who recalls the legend of a man who used to give water to butterflies. This myth is the starting point for a trip of the imagination, delving into the old man’s conscious to reach unexpected places and strange people, like a film director and two actors, all witnesses to this mental process. Starring Zagal, Pizarro, Bernarda Montero, Cristian Garín and José Manuel Aguirre, El hombre que daba de beber a las mariposas may be seen Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 at 8pm. Tickets $40, $70 and $90.

Adapted from French author Régis Jauffret’s 1998 play Histoire d’amour, Historia de amor is the story of an obsession. A teacher of English meets a woman by chance on the subway, and it’s love at first sight, at least for him. But the woman eventually corresponds him. They marry and have children as any other couple would, but the husband has all the time been secretly trying to probe into his wife’s mind, as though he wanted to possess her. The situation causes acceptance on the woman’s part and intense silence from the man, seemingly unable to speak up his mind. With: Bernarda Montero and Julián Marras.

Where & When

At Teatro Presidente Alvear, Av. Corrientes 1659. Tel: 4374-6076. Thursday 12 and Friday 13.

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ESTO NO ES UNA COMEDIA AMERICANA. Written by Alvaro Gallego Encina, Esto no es una comedia americana (This Is Not an American Comedy) resorts to absurdist humour and mordant irony to describe the tribulations of four people. “I’m sorry, I’m leaving. Be seeing you,” reads the note written by Paul to Steve, his long-time partner. Paul’s best friend, Molly, tries to console him for the breakup, but Summer, a strange woman, comes a-callin’ to mess things up even further. Ana Foligna directs. With: Gabriel Estévez, Germán Rade, Miriam Condoleo and Ana Pistritto.

Where & When

At Teatro Bambalinas, Av. Corrientes 1743. Tel: 4653-7030. Saturdays at 9pm. Tickets $80.

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CARPA QUEMADA. Written, produced and directed by Adhemar Bianchi, Ricardo Talento and Eduardo Martiné, Carpa quemada (Burnt Tent) is a variety show of sorts with a rioplatense air to it. Indeed, Carpa quemada is a moving, very original chronicle of Argentina at the time it was celebrating its centennial in 1910. In that year, a group of young, inebriated vandals, burnt clown Frank Brown’s tent, set up at the intersection of Av. Córdoba and Florida. This sad anecdote is the first in a long string of historical events narrated by Catalinas Sur, based in the district of La Boca.

Where & When

Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm at El Galpón de Catalinas, Benito Pérez Galdós 93. Tel: 4300-5707.

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