Feriaxlaidentidad kicks off today at Tecnópolis
Teatroxlaidentidad (txi) saw the light of day on June 5, 2000, as a way of raising awareness about the plight of 400 children born in captivity during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship that kept captive and then “disappeared” thousands of people. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, struggling to find their misappropriated grandchildren, coalesced with a group of actors, playwrights, murgueros, musicians, producers, set designers, technical crew and theatre institutions and staged the nascent event’s first production: Patricia Zángaro’s A propósito de la duda, directed by Daniel Fanego.
2014 is a landmark year for Teatroxlaidentidad because, after a series of DNA tests, Ignacio Guido Hurban was positively identified as the grandchild of Grandmothers’ President Estela de Carlotto. It was followed by the identification of another recovered grandchild, Ana Libertad Baratti de la Cuadra, granddaughter of the Mothers de Plaza de Mayo’s first president.
In keeping with the relevance of the appearance of grandchildren 114 and 115, this year’s Teatroxlaidentidad will consist of two consecutive events, the first one, Feriaxlaidentidad, starting today and running through September at Tecnópolis science fair in Villa Martelli, and the second, Teatroxlaidentidad, will be held from the 17th through 28th at the Teatro San Martín in downtown BA.
Both at the Culture Ministry’s stand at Tecnópolis and on each stage at the Teatro San Martín, Teatroxlaidentidad digs deep into the issue of genocide and identity and the complex consequences this specific form of human rights violation has had on Argentine society. The aim, Teatroxlaidentidad organizers say, “is to build individual identities without excluding revision and dialogue between individuals and their own stories, families and stolen names.”
“Teatroxlaidentidad’s main goal is to raise people’s awareness about individual identity as a human right and the power of social transformation of the theatre,” they state.
“Theatre is the tool with which we strive to achieve an essential goal: performing so as not to forget, to be able to find the truth. There are still some 400 young people whose identities were snatched, and it is our role to keep on performing until the last missing grandchild is found.... (In this struggle) few things are as effective as sensitivity, doubt, emotion, memories, action and the desperate need for mutual understanding and coexistence. And this is what theatre is about.”
From Wednesday to Friday, Feriaxlaidentidad will hold stage productions for schools, and Saturday and Sunday all shows will be open to all audiences.
—Wed 3 at 1pm and 2pm: La Galera Encantada stages Una solución redonda, directed by Héctor Presa.
—Thurs 4 at 1pm and 2pm: Cuentos animados, multimedia show directed by Daniela Fiorentino and Marcela Rapallo.
—Fri 5 at 1pm and 2pm: Leonardo, by the Universidad Nacional de San Martín’s circus group under Gerardo Hochman’s direction.
—Sat 6 at 2pm: ADN (Algo De Nosotros), circus show by Gerardo Hochman. Sun 2pm: Matemurga company from Villa Crespo present La caravana. Sat 5pm and Sun 4pm: Gran Feria x la Identidad, hosted by Los Macocos’ Bicho Gómez and Martín Salazar.
If attention span is your concern, Feriaxlaidentidad will feature a series of stands with simultaneous 10-minute routines including storytelling, family history games, improvisation, circus, living statues, carnival mirrors and puppets.