Federico León

Las Ideas (The Ideas)

Federico León, Las Ideas (The Ideas), 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue

A witty exchange of video and performance, reality and fiction

Federico León is a man of many talents: theater director, filmmaker, actor, and writer. Here he presents Las Ideas (The Ideas), which investigates the process of creating art through all its trials and tribulations that unfold as a soliloquy in the mind of the artist. On stage there is only a table tennis table, made to resemble a work desk, and a MacBook. León and his collaborator work on a new theater piece in his studio. They watch videos of past performances on his computer; they brainstorm and review ideas. This process is recorded in real time, repeatedly turning stories from their lives into ideas for the performance as their brisk discussion descends comically into disarray. Exploring universal themes of the inner mind of the artist and the mystical process of creating art, this multifaceted work develops like the to and fro of a table tennis game rally. The audience peeps into the mind of the artist, becoming immersed in the ideas and penetrating to the essence of performance and the medium.

Federico León, Las Ideas (The Ideas), 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Federico León, Las Ideas (The Ideas), 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Federico León, Las Ideas (The Ideas), 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Federico León, Las Ideas (The Ideas), 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Federico León, Las Ideas (The Ideas), 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Federico León, Las Ideas (The Ideas), 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue
YEAR
2016 AUTUMN
DATES
10.28(Fri)-10.30(Sun)
VENUE
Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
DURATION
75min.
LANGUAGE
Spanish with Japanese surtitles
CITY
Buenos Aires, Argentina
CATEGORY

Federico León

Born in 1975 in Buenos Aires, Federico León is an actor, director, playwright and film director. He studied theater and cinema, and made his theater debut with Cachetazo de campo (Country Smack, 1997). His many other plays presented in his native Argentina include Mil quinientos metros sobre el nivel de Jack (Fifteen Hundred Feet Above Jack’s Level, 2001). In 2002, he was selected for the first Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in the theater category, tutored by Robert Wilson. After El adolescente (The Adolescent) he started to stage his work as co-productions at international festivals such as HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels). His plays have won many awards and honors. He wrote and directed his first film, It All Together, in 2001, while his second film, Estrellas (Stars, 2007), was shown at the 60th Locarno International Film Festival. His publications include Registros (Registers, 2005).

Dramaturgy and directionFederico León
PerformersJulián Tello, Federico León
Direction assistance and productionRodrigo Pérez, Rocío Gómez Cantero
Set and objects designAriel Vaccaro
Lighting designAlejandro Le Roux
Music, soundDiego Vainer
CostumesPaola Delgado
PhotographyIgnacio Iasparra
Graphic designAlejandro Ros
Video systemPaula Coton, Agustín Genoud [Video credits]
Camera and photographyGuillermo Nieto
ArtMariela Rípodas
SoundDiego Vainer
EditingAndrés Pepe Estrada
Post-productionAlejandro Soler
Object makingDavid D’Orazio
CastingMaria Laura Berch
PerformersMaitina Albornoz, Alejandra Manzo, Barbie Castro, Pablo Gasloli, Alejandro Ini, Patricia Russo, María Laura Santos, Alfredo Staffollani, Martín Tchira, Emanuel Torres, Antonella Querzoli, Gabriel Zayat
Co-produced byKunstenfestivaldesarts (Belgium), Iberescena (Spain), El Cultural San Martín (Buenos Aires), FIBA Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Fundación Teatro a Mil (Santiago de Chile), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Festival d’Automne à Paris – Théâtre de La Bastille, La Villette – residence d’artistes (France)
In Kyoto
Japanese surtitles translationNami Futamura
Stage managerTakashi Kawachi
SoundYasutaka Kobayakawa
VideoRyu Endo
LightingEri Nakanishi (RYU)
Technical coodinatorSo Ozaki
Presented byKyoto Experiment

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