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Tierra del Fuego stars Alejandra Darîn, Carlo Argento

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Palestinian-Israeli conflict makes its way to BA stages

Alejandra Darin and Carlo Argentino in Tierra del Fuego.
Alejandra Darin and Carlo Argentino in Tierra del Fuego.
Alejandra Darin and Carlo Argentino in Tierra del Fuego.
By Carolina Nogueira
For the Herald
Yael, played by Alejandra Darín, walks among the audience to get to the middle of the stage where a BBC News video narrates the murder of a young Jewish woman, victim of a Palestine attack in London. Back in 1978, two Arab men planned an attack on Israeli citizens arriving to Britain, just to have an impact in that community.

The objective was over-accomplished, considering that 22 years later Yael — who survives the attack — still remembers every single detail. One of the Palestine men died and the other one ended up in a London jail, where this woman now decides to return and face him — as well as her past.

This true story depicts the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a modern and rather fair fashion, where both sides are portrayed as culprits as well as victims of the violence caused by the territorial dispute. Involved in a new group where Palestinian and Israeli women defend the quest for peace, Yael decided to dedicate her life to encouraging dialogue between the two nations. That is the reason why she confronts Hassan, performed by Carlo Argento, the Arab man guilty of the attack.

Although the main characters discuss a specific incident, this Argentine play centres on the desire to understand the other’s point of view. Under the name Tierra del Fuego, the author tries to contemplate the universality of war and conflicts. Both the Palestinians and the Jews empathize constantly with the other and even defend some of the past actions of the other side.

Playwright Mario Diament presents this debate in a very dynamic way, where time is fragmented and the story shifts between past and present. Stage director Daniel Marcove joins in this logic by mixing dialogues during the changes of scenery.

Despite a background projection that underlines shifts in the stage set, this idea is well accomplished by the lights and stage design movements.

The constant presence onstage of all characters emphasizes the notion of outside judgement. Throughout the play, the characters step up and explain their own point of view of the conflict, with Yael being the only one who interacts with all of them. Sometimes the disputes around the Palestinian-Israeli conflict go too far, affecting Yael’s private life. A clear example is the relationship with her husband, where disagreements over the Palestinian-Israeli conflict lead to their separation.

Even though Tierra del Fuego is a dramatic play, every scenic element makes it dynamic as well as graceful. This award-winning piece contains emotional performances, original theatre resources and a deep debate — not only about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but about justice and violence in society.

Where and when

El Tinglado Teatro, Mario Bravo 948. On Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm. Tickets from 160 pesos.

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