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One-man-shows about love and estrangement

A scene from Iván y los Perros by Hattie Taylor.
A scene from Iván y los Perros by Hattie Taylor.
A scene from Iván y los Perros by Hattie Taylor.
By Juan Carlos Fontana
Four sensorial journeys through audiovisual dreamy scenaries in BA’s theatrical scene

Critics’s choice

EL RASTRO. Based on a novel by Margo Glantz, adapted by Analía Couceyro with the collaboration of Alejandro Tan-tanián. In this monologue by Mexican writer Margo Glantz there is a seducing dark-humoured environment. Separated from her husband, a woman returns to the house she shared with him upon the man’s death and subsequent wake. Bewilderment, reproach, shared love, an imposing reality and an environment that judges her are all part of this wonderfully interpreted piece by Analía Couceyro. Tantanián did some further tweaking in order to transform this melodrama about an announced farewell — a confession of sorts — into a whirlwind of sensations, referring to a peculiar look on love’s poeticness. A real accomplishment, well musicalized by Rafael Delgado’s cello. The piece was originally presented on the summer cycle at the Museo del Libro y la Lengua.

Where & When:

El Extranjero (Valentín Gómez 3378, 4862-7400). Saturdays, 6pm. Tickets for 90 pesos.

Iván y los perros. By Hattie Taylor. Several months after its première, this piece is still being successfully presented. The play narrates the crude adventures of a child forced to roam Moscow’s cold streets by his mother and his drunkard step-father. Based on the real story of Ivan Mishukov, the piece shows a harsh portrait of a boy’s survival — in a city devastated by recession — whose only chance of living relies on the stray dogs that accompany him. Marvellously performed by Emi-liano Doinisi, the play also has a sensible and smart mise-en-scène by Mariano Stolkiner and Gustavo García Mendy, achieving a moving depiction of Ivan’s painful life with simple digital resources and sound design that will leave the audience in tears.

Where & When:

El Extranjero (Valentín Gómez 3378, 4862-7400). Saturdays, 9pm. Tickets for 100 pesos.


Poeta en Nueva York. By Federico García Lorca, directed by Mariano Dossena. Shot down by the Guardia Civil in Granada on August 18, 1936, Lorca said about this poem that “my childhood’s emotions are inside me. I haven’t come out of them. Narrating my life would imply talking about what I am, and one’s life is the narration of what’s gone. Memories, even those from my remote childhood, are in me a passionate present time.” This play constitutes a poetical journey that goes through the depths of the symbolic, dreamy and visceral world that Lorca depicted in 1929, during his stay in New York. For the poet, it was a cry of horror, a complaint on injustice and discrimination, against the dehumanization of modern society and the alienation of human beings. Gustavo Pardi works hard on this piece, not only with genuine enthusiasm, but also with a remarkable knowledge of Lorca’s poem.

Where & When:

Centro Cultural de la Cooperación (Corrientes 1543, 5077-8000.) Saturdays, 11pm. Tickets for 80 pesos.

Vigilias de un desarraigo. By Germán Cabanas. This piece takes as a starting point the anecdote of a man locked-in in an apartment, who seems to be haunted by a series of ghosts. Author/director Cabanas offers the spectator a sensorial and audiovisual journey, in which he can be seen flying through the air, slave to mysterious forces of the universe that seem to carry him through a seemingly endless dreamy adventure. With acrobatic/dance elements, this is a show to be enjoyed with every sense. Directed by Mariano Pujal.

Where & When:

El Galpón de Guevara (Guevara 326, 4554-9877) Saturdays, 9.30pm. Tickets for 100 pesos.

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