The 30th anniversary of the Theater Festival in Mil begins with more than 130 shows throughout the country


Opening of the fireworks for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the International Theater Festival in Mil. Presented by the Theater Foundation in Mil y Escondida | BHP, works from 19 countries and Chile, in more than 30 municipalities in the Metropolitan Region and throughout the country, will join the performing arts festival that marks the summer season every January.

During the first week of the festival, exceptional international premieres will arrive in the programming. From France, from 5 to 8 January at the Municipal Theater of Las Condes, Contes et légendes (Tales and legends) will make its debut, a marvelous futuristic theatrical fiction directed by Joël Pommerat which presents lost children in a world of adults where humans and robots coexist.

From Canada, Kiilanik: These Sharp Tools, an award-winning production bringing together two powerful female voices on Matucana 100 January 6-8. From Italy, together with me and Jessica, Cristiana Morganti arrives instead, well-known soloist of the Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, from 5 to 7 January at the Teatro Finis Terrae.

German theater

GAM, meanwhile, will host two other outstanding international productions: a German scenic investigation with a female perspective addressing visions of the pre-colonial Ashanti Empire and its legacy is the proposed Embr*ce your crown**, with replicas from January 4 to 6, and the Catalan choreographer Pau Aran, in Un cadavre exquis II, who will tell us about him, his life, his family and the things that move him, between January 4 and 7.

The production directed by Argentine playwright Daniel Veronese, Ella ama, with Tamara Acosta, Álvaro Espinoza and Cristián Carvajal, and the queer performance, Morpho, will be shown at the same venue, both January 7 and 8. Meanwhile, in the Hall of Visual Arts of the GAM, the Te Amo, Mon Laferte visual exhibition will open its doors on 5 January, which will be freely accessible and will remain open until 12 February.

The long-awaited revival of Facts Accomplished will add performances at the Chilean National Theater January 3-7, which are already sold out. For his part, the story and drama of a Sename survivor is what Justicia will show from January 5 to 7 at the Teatro Camilo Henríquez. In Matucana 100, 4 wounds will be presented, a choreography that invites us to continue resisting patriarchal norms in Latin America from the body and from the movement, from January 8 to 10.

Adding to this vast program are the activities of LAB Escénico, a festival space made up of dozens of dialogues, workshops, masterclasses and meetings with the artists of the Teatro a Mil, free for the public, in different spaces in Santiago and Antofagasta.

On the road

The streets and public space will receive spectacular installations with free admission, such as Insectes on January 4 at Parque Lo Prado in the municipality of Pudahuel. In the following days, the insects of the Sarruga company will visit Paine (January 6), Peñaflor (January 7) and San Miguel (January 8).

The free will also debut in the Plaza de la Constitución on January 3 Saurian and the witnesses of space, which will continue its journey through La Granja (January 4), Cerro Navia (January 5), Maipú (January 6), Ñuñoa (January 7) and Pudahuel (January 8) in this first week of the festival. In addition, the Catalan company Insectotropics will present its show The Incredible Voyage of the Galactic Hood, in La Pintana and Maipú, on January 7 and 8 respectively.

The festival will offer various free alternatives and panoramas. In this first week of January, the hit play starring Chilean actress Gaby Hernández, Molly Bloom, will be staged on January 6 in San Miguel.

Regions

In the regions, three works created as part of the Creative Territories program will make their debut. Passage, a performative project that will be shown to the public on January 4, 6 and 7 at the Atacama Cultural Center, in Copiapó. Further south, at the Municipal Theater of Chillán, Sentir Violeta, an exploration to interpret the artistic expressions and emotions of Violeta Parra, will premiere from 5 to 7 January. And at the Gaete de Lanco Theater, as part of the Creative Territories programme, Who is Julia?, the true story of a Yagán girl who manages to escape her colonizing captors, on 7 January.

The 23rd version of the Antof a Mil Festival will open its program in the city’s Plaza Bicentenario on January 5 with La Pichintún, a show that will then be seen in Mejillones (January 6) and San Pedro de Atacama (January 8). The festival extension to Antofagasta will continue its first week with the story of three migrant women in northern Chile in Almagesto, the light of the stars, from January 6 to 8 at the city’s Liceo Experimental Artístico. Another international debut will be that of Mimirichi, a company that will arrive from Ukraine with the piece Guerra de papel, which will be presented free of charge at Mejillones and Antofagasta on January 7 and 8 respectively (sold out invitations).

Similarly, and after an excellent run on the bill, two co-productions from the Fundación Teatro a Mil will tour the north of our country: Brief Encounters with Repulsive Men, the acclaimed play based on the novel by David Foster Wallace, directed by Daniel Veronese and with Marcelo Alonso and Francisco Reyes in the lead roles (January 6), and Tempest Project, Peter Brook’s latest work with Marie-Hélène Estienne, adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (January 7), both at the Municipal Theater of Antofagasta.

The Teatrocinema returns to La Aldea del Encuentro with La Canción de la tierra, one of the most beautiful and unclassifiable works by the German composer Gustav Mahler in a single performance on 6 January. An invitation to enjoy the free and contemporary adaptation of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de La Mancha, is what Q 2.0 will offer from January 4th to 8th. Finally, on the same dates and in the same place, Circo Balance will present Wolf, acrobatics and aerostatic movements that will surprise the public.

In collaboration with the Bellas Artes Amphitheater, a musical journey in the style of a comic strip for the whole family, Treasure Buster, will be presented. An adventure across Chilean territory, from 5 to 8 January.

Throughout the festival, various alternatives will be available on its virtual stage, Teatroamil.tv, and for the entire public, free of charge. In this first week and from any device it will be possible to access works, documentaries and films such as Collection of marine beasts, Ñi pu treme: the film; Soul and Death, Parabola, Once Upon a Time, Tasilinha, Carnival of the Animals and Under the Sun.

The International Theater Festival in Mil 2023 is presented by the Theater Foundation in Mil y Escondida | BHP is covered by the Cultural Donations Act and has the backing of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

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