Earlier this month, Buenos Aires – as restless and enchanting as ever – became a grand stage and its citizens, impartial spectators. The International Theatre Festival (FIBA) landed in the city with diverse proposals: workshops, lectures, theatre, films and contemporary dance. Plays from all over the world were heartily welcomed, including performances from South Africa, Belgium, France, Spain, Cuba, Chile, Peru and Australia.
There was also a broad, distinctive and remarkable set of local plays which are still on and are completely unmissable. Here are four of the best currently being performed.
“Embrace diversity” is the official motto of today’s social struggles. This play tackles the issue of accepting the “other”, such an essential need to ensure our survival in these rough post-modern times. Accepting seems easy when the way to do so is still unknown. How do you accept what you cannot internalise? The play dives into the relationship between a mother and her son, whose illness remains unidentified. Great times for watching this superb, sensitive project. Each actor impresses with their own intensity, making it all more than worthwhile.
Mi hijo solo camina un poco más lento, a play by Ivor Martinic. Directed by Guillermo Cacace, Saturdays 2pm and 4.30pm, Sundays 11.30am and 2pm. Apacheta Sala Estudio, Pasco 623.
Directed and written by Alberto Ajaka, this play’s main proposal is to unmask a theatre that suffers from an internal crisis and dreams of a life under bewitching lights. The never-ending problem of any artistic discipline is well portrayed by a group of actors who travel forward in time through sewers until The New and the Old crowd are encountered. It appears that theatre holds a problem with no easy solution. In the meantime, all the actors can do is: act, rehearse, and transform their own reality.
El hambre de los artistas, a play by Alberto Ajaka. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9pm, Sundays 8pm. Teatro Sarmiento, Sarmiento 2715.
A mother and her son, a relationship that defines each other’s autonomous existence and which has prompted years of Freudian research, is astonishingly portrayed by these actors who scrutinise their lives through a conference, a show. The starting point is the objects and characters which have always surrounded their routinely lives. They deconstruct these memories hoping to unveil or maybe rescue whatever is it that has always been hidden. Totally unmissable!
Seré tu madre tranquila, a play by Ariel Gurevich. 11th November, 7pm, Centro Cultural Kirchner, Sarmiento 151
Who stated that theatre is hailed on the foundations of realistic stories? Fantasy and magic are perfect mechanisms to keep an audience dumbfounded. And so fantastic literary devices blend with 21st century drama to create a unique play. A man becomes silent as a reaction towards his wife’s departure, until one day he meets a woman who will give him the perfect seeds that can bring that very same person back to life. Possibly one of the best local plays that Buenos Aires has offered so far this year.
Cáctus Orquídea, a play by Cecilia Meijide. Saturdays 8.30pm until 28th November, Teatro Anfitrión, Venezuela 3340.