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Young artists take centre stage in BA

File photo of a seminar at the last edition of the biennial.
By Carolina Nogueira
For the Herald

Starting today, theatre-lovers get two months of performances by new talent

Aiming to motivate new artists to reach their goals, Buenos Aires City government last year boosted a biennial for young talents. Last June there was an open call to different branches of art to present their projects. Almost 5,000 registered during the first phase of the bid, including music, visual arts, art scene, and audiovisual art.

More than 18,500 young artists participated in the first phase, attending informative talks where they learned more about the first biennial. The announcement was targeted to Argentines — or at least residents who had been in the country four years — between 18 and 32 years of age. Each art branch had a division which consisted of “Projects to develop” with almost 1,200 projects, and “Finished projects” with a total of 3,500 performances.

During July 2013, the biennial jury voted and chose 137 projects between all the areas, which included more than 700 artists. Each project got financial aid to grow and improve the performances, as well as tutorial monitoring support. Moreover, the government gave them a two-month course — divided in 50 different workshops — to learn more about their specific art branch. In the art scene area, some of the seminars were held by Rafael Spregelburd, Alejandro Tantanian, Ana Katz, Vivi Tellas and Maricel Alvarez. Including all the financial aid, more than one million pesos were given to the new generation of artists.

Last November the exhibition phase started, where every finalist project was promoted. They also competed for national and international scholarships, generating a constant possibility to progress in the art environment. The performances were presented in different theatres of Buenos Aires City and were also included in a mega-event at the Konex Cultural City. During six days – November 12 to November 17 – the finalist projects were presented before it was decided which of them won a ticket to the biennial.

The scene art area holds 28 winning plays. Most of the winners belong to the “Finished projects” category, which includes 21 of them, such as Perro, Mujer, Hombre by Gonzálo Facundo López, Villa Argüello by Celia Argüello Rena and Alemania by Nacho Ciatti.

In the “Projects to develop” section there are seven different winning proposals. Relato íntimo de un hombre by Martín Slipak premieres today at El Extranjero theatre.

The plays will be staged for two months in different theatres around the city. If you are under 32 or if you kept the ticket from another biennial play, you’ll get the discount fare of 50 pesos. Otherwise, general admission is 80 pesos.

Relato íntimo de un hombre nuevo by Martín Slipak

Award-winning Martín Slipak offers an in-depth approach of his theatrical abilities by writing and directing the story of a controlling man on a holiday. Performed by Lisandro Rodríguez, this man’s vacation goes through a number of critical situations, where things start to get out of control. His world becomes uncontrollable — as well as his emotions.

El Extranjero, Valentín Gomez 3380. Tuesday at 9pm.

Los cuerpos by Ramiro Cortez and Federico Fontán

Performering and directing this play, Cortez and Fontán put together a dance show which pushes the limits of their own bodies as well as others.

El Portón de Sanchez, Sanchez de Bustamante 1034. Friday at 11pm.

Todos mis miedos by Nahuel Cano

The director and co-writer present the breakdown of Bruno, performed by Pablo Seijo. The story is about a writer who goes through a crisis of love, literature and personal situations. A play where fiction and reality get mixed up more than once. Written by Esteban Bieda, and also performed by María Abadi, Diego Echegoyen and Anabella Bacigalupo.

Abasto Social Club, Yatay 666. Sunday at 6pm and Saturday at 11pm, starting from April 5.

Baby Call by Sofía Wilhelmi

Director, author and stage designer Sofía Wilhelmi shows the strange relationship between a woman and her domestic help. They use walkie talkies to communicate in the house. One day a couple of thieves break in, and the devices prove useful as they help the woman and her housemaid understand what is going on while they are locked up in the service room. Teatro del Abasto, Humahuaca 3549. Monday at 9pm.

Cinthia Interminable by Juan Coulasso

Co-directed by Coulasso and Titiunik this play speaks about the uncontrollable future. A girl wonders what she will be like when she grows up, and her mother answers: “What will be, will be”. Performed by Eric Mandarina, Juan Fernández Gebauer, Marysol Benítez and Germán Botvinik.

Teatro Beckett, Guardia Vieja 3556. Friday at 11pm.

Moralamoralinmoral by Carlini, Salinas, Leonardi and Fitzsimons

Performed and directed by four women, this play blends dance and theatre. There is no temporal logic; everything spins around moral issues, people’s actions and society.

Espacio Callejón, Humahuaca 3759. Wednesday at 9.45pm.

Reset by María Florencia Diácono

Diácono directs, acts and co-writes this musical play. The story speaks about the possibility of rewinding life, proposing a new beginning where things can be changed with the only condition that this leads to happiness.

Teatro Empire, H. Yrigoyen 1934. Monday at 9pm.

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