Lola Arias

Melancholy and Demonstrations

Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe

Chronicle of Argentina inspired by the artist’s mother. Playwright, actor and musician – a brilliant mind makes her Japan debut.

Argentinian artist Lola Arias works in different disciplines such as theatre, literature, music and art projects. Her theater work has been performed at major European festivals and theaters including In Transit Festival (Berlin), Theater Spektakel (Zurich), Festival d’Avignon and more. Los que no duermen, the album she produced last year with renowned composer Ulises Conti, runs from acoustic to post-rock to poetry reading. Melancholy and Demonstrations (Melancolia y Manifestaciones / premiered in Vienna) is inspired by the diary of her own mother. In 1976, the year Lola was born, a coup d’état brought about a military dictatorship beginning Argentina’s dark days. It was also the beginning of melancholic days for Lola’s mother who was a progressive university professor. Where the tumultuous state of society and her personal life overlap, Lola finds more and more questions: Why did my mother get sick in 1976? Was it my birth? Was it the military coup? Mother and daughter, nation and individual, history and fiction, melancholy and demonstration intertwine. A tragic political reality is poetically and sometimes humorously, transformed into heart-rending drama.

Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe Lola Arias, Melancholy and Demonstrations, 2013, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Ayako Abe
YEAR
2013
DATES
10.25(Fri)-10.27(Sun)
VENUE
Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
DURATION
70min.
LANGUAGE
Spanish with Japanese surtitles
CATEGORY

Lola Arias

Writer, director, performer and songwriter. Born in 1976, based in Buenos Aires. Lola Arias collaborates with artists from different disciplines in theatre, literature, music and art projects. Her productions play with the overlapping zones between reality and fiction. She works with actors, non-actors, musicians, dancers, children, babies, and animals. Centre stage in Striptease (2007) is occupied by a baby, while its parents fight out a duel by telephone. In El amor es un francotirador (2007), the performers relate true and fictional love stories while a rock band plays live. In Mi vida después (2009), six actors reconstruct their parents’ youth in 1970’s Argentina by means of photos, letters, cassettes and old clothes. She staged in Germany Familienbande (2009) at Kammerspiele, Munich, and That Enemy Within (2010) at HAU, Berlin. Her last piece Melancolía y Manifestaciones (2012) opened in Vienner Festwochen. Together with Ulises Conti, she composes and plays music, and released the albums El amor es un francotirador (2007) and Los que no duermen (2011). Her texts have been translated into more than seven languages.

Author & directorLola Arias
Choreographer & co-directorLuciana Acuña
PerformersElvira Onetto, Lola Arias, Mario Aitel, Vicente Fiorillo, Ernestina Ruggero, Noelia Sixto.
Dramaturge & producerSofia Medici
Artistic collaboration & productionLuz Algranti
MusicUlises Conti
VideoNele Wohlatz.
Live videoMarcos Medici
Stage designMariana Tirantte
CostumeSofía Berhaka
Lighting designMatías Sendón
Technical manager & lighting adaptationGustavo Kotik
Co-productionHAU Hebbel am Ufer, Wiener Festwochen, Centro Cultural General San Martín.
Presented byKyoto Experiment