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Tratando de hacer una obra que cambie el mundo (An attempt to stage a play that will change the world) is an entertaining piece of theatre which tears into the ‘ultimate delirium of the last romantics’. The absurd situations serve to make it a powerful comical and acute satire on utopia, revolution and politics.A group of politically driven stage actors literally go underground to write an ultimate play that will change the world. However, after four years of isolation they discover that a new government has succeeded in banning all poverty and injustice. With ruthless self-ridicule and boundless energy Chilean ensemble La Re-sentida paint a poignant picture of the importance of art in this modern, ideology-free age.
- Marco Layera Navarro
- La Re-sentida
- Pablo de la Fuente
- Carolina Sandoval
- performed by
- Carolina Palacios
- Benjamín Westfall
- Nicolás Herrera
- Pedro Muñoz
- Guilherme Sepúlveda
- La Re-sentida
- master technique
- Karl Heinz Sateler
- technical manager
- Pablo de la Fuente
- technical assistant
- Matias Gonzalez Ulibarry
- direction assistant
- Carolina de la Maza
- with support of
- Fundación Teatro a Mil (Chili)
At the Frascati theatre director Marco Layera Navarro (1977) and his Chilean theatre company La Re-sentida present their dark comedy Tratando de hacer una obra que cambie el mundo... el delirio final de los últimos románticos – which in English means An attempt to stage a play that will change the world – the ultimate delirium of the last romantics. It's an absurdist play about the role of art in modern society and a weird and wonderful reflection on the desire for utopia, revolution and the scope for cultural and political change – and full of self-ridicule.
Disappointed by the desperate political situation in their country, a group of five actors sharing radical political views decide to go underground and hide in a bunker crammed to the hilt with thousands of documents and scientific research papers. Cut off from the outside world, they aim to write the ultimate play which will really, fundamentally change the world for the better for ever. After four years discussing what type of theatre they should be making, word reaches them that a new government has come to power, which has succeeded in banning all poverty and social injustice. This new political model is now being introduced world-wide, even in the poorest and most corrupt of African nations. So, has their self-imposed exile been in vain? Why would they still make theatre?
Director Layera Navarro studied law, specialising in criminology, and worked as an assistant lecturer of philosophy. In 2007 he founded the theatre ensemble La Re-sentida together with a small group of like-minded people. His appearance at the Holland Festival will be his first in the Netherlands.
Tratando de hacer una obra… is part of a larger vision and approach in La Re-sentida's body of work that was started with their debut Simulacro in 2008. With this performance, which was created on the occasion of 200 years of independence of Chile, Layera Navarro and his group tried to define Chile's true identity. The result was an ironic, cruel and dark comic reflection on life in a country with a history of dictatorships, a country which still instils fear and inflicts violence on its own people. La Re-sentida maintain that 'theatre must have the guts to break through taboos, sacrifice sacred cows and encourage reflection through provocation.' For them, theatre is a social instrument for reflection on cultural identity, its preservation and its reconstruction.
In Tratando de hacer una obra… the energetic performers sweep the audience along in an absurdist maelstrom of recognisable human conflicts arising from years of confinement. They sing, dance, shout, cry and hallucinate, poignantly conveying the important role art has in our modern, post-ideological society.
The performance premiered in 2011 and was subsequently staged at the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Cádiz and the Festival Internacional de Artes Escénicas de Sevilla. After a successful international tour through Spain, Argentina and Brasil, the staging for Tratando de hacer una obra… was revised. In late 2012, Layera directed the new version of the play with Estonian actors at the Midwinter Night’s Dream Festival in Estonia. The Holland Festival will present the new version of the play with its original Chilean cast.
The Chilean director and theatre maker Marco Layera Navarro (1977) studied law, specialised in criminology and worked as an assistant lecturer in philosophy. He began his theatrical education in 2003 at the La Martiz Theatre School and continued at the Imagen Theatre School. In 2007 he founded La Re-sentida with a group of friends. A year later he made his directorial debut with Simulacro (2008), which was followed by Tratando de hacer una obra que cambie el mundo... el delirio final de los últimos románticos (2011) and Sketch 15.252. In a relatively short time La Re-sentida developed into one of the most interesting theatre companies in South-America. For his work, Layera Navarro received the Eugenio Guzman Award of the University of Chile and he was nominated for the Chilean art prize the Premio Altazor a Las Artes Nacionales. In 2012, Layera directed a new version of Tratando de hacer una obra… at the Midwinter Night’s Dream Festival in Estonia, with a completely Estonian cast.
La Re-sentida (The resentful) was founded in 2008 and is composed of young artists from the Chilean national theatrical scene which have a particular pursuit for the consolidation of a poetic able to embody the pulses, visions and ideas of their generation. The objective is to construct authorial scenes, thus dissociating forms and artistic hegemonic discourses. From this perspective, the company assumes a duty the nerve, the desecration of taboos and reflection from the provocation, giving theatrical creation great political responsibility, understanding it as a instrument of critique, reflection and construction.
La Re-sentida employs a subversive approach to theatre, questioning ideologies in the light of the current state of the world in crisis. Every performance is preceded by extensive theoretical research, which is carried out collectively. Their first production Simulacro (2008) was followed by Tratando de hacer una obra que cambie el mundo... el delirio final de los últimos románticos (2011) and, most recently, La Imaginación del Futuro (2013). La Re-sentida have toured Brasil, Argentina, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Estonia and France. Their performance at the Holland Festival is their debut in the Netherlands.