Santiago (en) Vivo: Documentary Based on Street Performances at the Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil (Chile)
Santiago (en) Vivo or Santiago (a) Live, is a documentary that explores the scenographic permeability of Santiago, Chile, during the street performances of the Festival Internacional de Teatro Santiago a Mil (FITAM) between 2012 and 2015. Santiago (a) Live elucidates how site and spectators ultimately inform the construction of meaning of theatrical events, by incorporating the contextual urban space in which the performances are situated. The documentary covers five years of interviews with practitioners from multiple countries, such as Chile, Peru, Spain, France, and Poland, and footage of over twenty street performances, including walkabouts, processions, and sound journeys from different companies, such as Clowns the Shakespeare, (Brazil), La Patriotico Interesante, (Chile), Compagnie Off, (France), and Antigua I Barbuda, (Spain), among others. Running time:40 minutes, Language: Spanish, English subtitles available.
Academic Talk and Publication
City as Site: Street Performance and Site Permeability
during the Santiago a Mil Theater Festival, Chile, 2012-2015
Scenography Expanded is a foundational text offering readers a thorough introduction to contemporary performance design, both in and beyond the theatre. It examines the potential of the visual, spatial, technological, material and environmental aspects of performance to shape performative encounters. It analyses examples of scenography as sites of imaginative exchange and transformative experience and it discusses the social, political and ethical dimensions of performance design. The international range of contributors and case studies provide clear perspectives on why scenographic design has become a central consideration for performance makers today. (Bloomsbury Website)
City, Site and Memory: Santiago Through the Lens of Street Performance. Center for the Humanities Lecture Series “Matter That Matters.” Wesleyan University, 2015
A city is a layered site used and lived by many. It is a space where everything has multiple meanings: a building serves as a destination for some and a metaphor for others. Public spaces become overcrowded with the ghosts of politics, old and current. The city where street performances are enacted becomes a permeable scenographic space by incorporating its characteristics into a given production's dramaturgy. Here I analyze the exchange that occurs between street performances featured at Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil between 2012 and 2015 and the public sites they occupy. I show how the exchange between audience and site promotes the blurring of the audience — performer space, by reclaiming the performative qualities of a given urban space for the community