Ideal and reality, future and present, always co-existent
Two timelines—the 2020s and the 2050s—appear on stage like a cinematic split screen and progress simultaneously. In the 2020s the protagonist Manuel garners career-advancing attention for his documentary that portrays a young boy in the slums. In the 2050s Manuel returns to Buenos Aires after living abroad for many years and attempts to rebuild his fraught relationships with various people and places.
The work depicts the humorous and sad life of Manuel—or, to relate it closer to the audience’s world, the “vital difference” between what we envision for ourselves and how our realities actually unfold.
Mariano Pensotti is an artist who channels theatrical structure into a kind of wondrous fiction through his use of large-scale sets and intricately crafted dialogue. He has presented his work in over thirty cities, and now stages his first full-scale theatrical performance in Japan. Come revel in the vision of one of the world’s finest contemporary playwrights and directors.
10.21 (Sat) 14:00 ★
10.22 (Sun) 13:00 ◆♡
★ Post-show talk
◆ Student Festival Share Cafe
♡ Childcare Service (reservation required 7 days before each performance)
Duration: 105 min
Spanish with Japanese and English surtitles
⚠️No admission for preschoolers.
Youth (25 and under), Students ¥3,000
High School Students & Younger ¥1,000
Day tickets: Advance ticket price +¥500.
High school students & younger are the same price as advance tickets.
Born in 1973, Mariano Pensotti is an Argentine author and theater director. He studied cinema, visual arts and theater in Buenos Aires, Spain and Italy and went on to form the company Grupo Marea together with Set Designer Mariana Tirantte, musician Diego Vainer and producer Florencia Wasser in 2005. Pensotti has developed two distinct lines within his work; one is composed of stage performances for which he writes his own literary texts and which are strongly based on work with the actors, while the other, which he produces in parallel, are several site-specific performances in which the main intention is to create a distinct contrast between fiction and reality while this fiction is performed in a public space. As a theater author and director he has created over fifteen performances in the past twelve years. His latest creations include Los Años (Ruhr, 2021), El Público (Athens, 2019), Diamante (Vienna, 2019) and Arde brillante en los bosques de la noche (Berlin, 2017). Pensotti has become one of the most internationally renowned theater directors and has presented his work in over thirty cities around the world.
Text and Direction: Mariano Pensotti
Cast: Marcelo Subiotto, Mara Bestelli, Bárbara Masso, Paco Gorriz, Julian Keck
Musician: Diego Vainer
Set and Costume Design: Mariana Tirantte
Music: Diego Vainer
Artistic Production: Florencia Wasser
Light Design: David Seldes
Video: Martín Borini
Sound Engineer: Ernesto Fara
Stage Assistance: Juan Francisco Reato
Stage Setup: Gonzalo Córdoba Estévez
Light Operation: Facundo David
Sound Operation: Gabriel Busso
Dramaturgy: Aljoscha Begrich
Dramaturgy Münchner Kammerspiele: Martín Valdés-Stauber
LOS AÑOS is a Coproduction between Ruhrtriennale, Münchner Kammerspiele, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Künstlerhaus Mousontorum and Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires.
Supported by Goethe Institut
Text & Direction: Mariano Pensotti
Art Direction: Mariana Tirantte
General Production: Florencia Wasser
Cast: Demian Villanueva Barrera (kid)
Casting / Coach kid: María Laura Berch
Coach in set: Victoria Angeli
Cinematography / DOP: Armin Marchesini Weihmüller
Camera Operator: Victoria Pereda
Gaffer: Agustín Córdoba
Direction Assistance & Edition: Ignacio Ragone
Head of Production: Natasha Gurfinkel
Production Team: Costanza Leyenda, Lucía Dellacha
Art Team: Sofia Eliosnoff, Romina Santorsola
Color: HD Argentina
Japanese surtitles: Junko Okamoto (Associate Professor, Division of Foreign Studies, Graduate School of Humanities, Osaka University)
Performance in Kyoto supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, through the Japan Arts Council
Sponsorship: Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Japan
Organized by Kyoto Experiment and Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto
University of the Arts