September 1, 2014
A peek at the reigning chaos of an orchestra
For the Herald
Alberto Ajaka’s ¡Llegó la Música! takes a low key scenario to ponder art issues at largeAlberto Ajaka, author and director of ¡Llegó la Música! — has decided to work, once again, with theatrical group Colectivo Escalada. Featuring talented actors and actresses, this young independent group incorporates music in an entertaining way, where art coexists with the relationships between the group’s members.
Upon entering the theatre hall — before the play starts — a security guard interacts with the audience by looking at them and chasing them around. Suddenly he moves away as an eight-member orchestra appears. Each musician organizes hisor her work place noisily, while constantly talking about the precarious conditions of the theatre. The set design underlines this speech, with an untidy room with scaffolding on one side, which emphasizes the dire need to repair the theatre hall.
After the musicians debate going on tour or dealing with the trade unions issues, the new director of the orchestra arrives, spurring an argument about his presence there. This old and out-dated director — performed by Gabriel Kogan — decided to innovate the typical musical techniques, disconcerting the orchestra and adding more disagreements. On top of that, an Argentine-German soloist (Andrés Rossi) arrives with a busy schedule and a conceited attitude. These two ingredients help uncoil a destabilizing element within the well-formed group.
Gabriel Lima — as the security guard — joins the crew at different times, altering the distribution of the props when necessary and adding humour to the day’s transitions. His role also affects the atmosphere within the orchestra, playing a critical part at the end of the play.
Even though the quantity of actors/musicians allows for different scenarios to play out simultaneously — where the audience can focus on the scenario of their choice — more than once everything converges in a congruent story. This award-winning play carries rhythm in a perfect way, going through dynamic and chaotic moments as well as silence and reflection.
With realistic language and a well-defined Argentine scenario, ¡Llegó la música! presents, in a funny way, the environment of public institutions, where the passion and desire to live from art stand out and standardize the different personalities of their people.
The cast includes actresses Sol Fernández López (as the grumpy musician), Karina Frau (as the sensitive mother), Georgina Hirsch (leading important decisions by the end of the story), Julia Martínez Rubio (interpreting the pretty lady who wins the soloist attention) and Gabriela Saidón (in charge of the musicians’ guild). The actors who complete the cast are Leonel Elizondo (adding a touch of sweetness to the orchestra), Luciano Kaczer (as the funny antagonist of the soloist) and Gabriel Zayat (playing a refreshing and versatile role).
Even though there are plenty of characters, each one displays their own distinctive feature in a dynamic story full of rhythm.
Where and when
La Carpintería, Jean Jaures 858. On Saturdays at 10.30pm. Tickets from 70 pesos.