Manuela Infante / Teatro de Chile


A leading talent from Chile’s new generation presents an exploration of the political nature of language and asymmetry

Born in 1980, Manuela Infante is the youngest ar tist par ticipating in this Kyoto Experiment, though the Chilean theater artist is already widely known around the world. Theater in Chile was long stymied by dictatorship, with the Pinochet regime remaining in power until as recently as 1990. The people growing up after this have, as artists and audiences, helped create a new cultural revival. Manuela Infante is a preeminent figure in this post-dictatorship generation and now makes her debut in Japan.

Premiered in 2013, Zoo is a lecture performance by scientists who have discovered an indigenous tribe believed extinct. It explores the various discrepancies born out of linguistic differences, deviations in knowledge and culture, and imperialism, which emanated from Darwin’ s On the Origin of Species. Rooted in Chile’ s protracted history as a colony until the nineteenth century, Zoo examines the theme of exhibited humanity. As audiences watch the performance, they find themselves questioning the direction of the “viewing.” Who is watching whom?

Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
Spanish with Japanese surtitles

Manuela Infante

Manuela Infante holds a BA in Arts from the University of Chile and a MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Working as a director and playwright with her stable group “Teatro de Chile” Manuela has staged Prat (2001), Juana (2003), Narciso (2005), Rey Planta (2006), Cristo (2007), Ernesto (2010), Multicancha (2010), Loros Negros (2011) and Zoo (2013). The majority of these works have
been funded by FONDART (National Fund for the Arts). Also, independently, Manuela has directed Fin (2008) coproduced and premiered in the festival of Modena, Italy and What’s he Building in There? (2011) created in residency at Bob Wilson´s The Watermill Center for performance research, premiered and shown in several stages in New York. In 2012, she directed “On the Beach”, curated
by Bob Wilson and premiered at the BarishnikovArts Center in Nuw York and also “Don´t Feed the Humans”, premiered in Hebbel am Uffer in Berlin, Germany. Three of her plays have been published in Chile and abroad. Manuela also works as a professor in several theatre departments in Santiago, Chile.

TextManuela Infante and Teatro de Chile
DirectionManuela Infante
CastCristián Carvajal, Ariel Hermosilla, Héctor Morales, Rafael Contreras, Valentina Parada
VideoNicole Senerman
Stage designClaudia Yolin and Rocío Hernández
Sound design and original scoreDiego Noguera
Training and physical preparationMaría José Parga
ProducerKaty Cabezas
Japanese surtitlesNami Futamura
ProductionTeatro de Chile With the support of Dirac, Department of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile
Presented byKyoto Experiment