Lola Arias

MINEFIELD

Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi.

Bringing former war enemies together on the same stage, a master of documentary theater inquires into the gap between reality and fiction

Five years on from her appearance at Kyoto Experiment with Melancholy and Demonstrations, based on the diary of her own mother, which comically depicted the disputes within families and between individuals and the nation-state or history, Kyoto welcomes the return of Lola Arias, an artist whose striking practice extends across theater as well as film, music, literature and visual art.

This play features six people: a special needs teacher, a member of a Beatles tribute band, a counselor for ex-servicemen, a security guard, a criminal attorney, and a champion triathlete. Though today they lead completely separate lives, there is one thing that they share. They are all veterans who fought in the Falklands War (Malvinas War), a territorial conflict in 1982 between the UK and Argentina. These veterans from opposing sides of the war revisit their memories in a space resembling a film set, almost as if they have been teleported back to the past in a time machine. What actually is a veteran? A survivor of a cruel conflict? A hero? Or a madman? What will we find in the overlapping zone between reality and fiction?

Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi. Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi. Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi. Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi. Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi. Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi. Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi. Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi. Lola Arias, MINEFIELD, 2018, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi.

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YEAR
2018
DATES
10.26(Fri)-10.28(Sun)
VENUE
Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
DURATION
100min.
LANGUAGE
Performed in English and Spanish with Japanese, English and Spanish surtitles
CITY
Buenos Aires, Argentina
CATEGORY

Lola Arias

Born in 1976 Buenos Aires, Lola Arias is a writer, theatre director, visual artist and performer. She collaborates with people from a wide range of different backgrounds (including war veterans, former communists, Bulgarian children) in theatre, literature, music, film and art projects. Her productions play with the overlap between reality and fiction and since 2007 she has developed her work in the field of documentary theatre. As well as staging numerous theatre works she directed the feature film Theatre of war (2018), has created several urban intervention projects with Stefan Kaegi and together with Ulises Conti, composes and plays music. She has also published poetry, fiction and plays. Her works have been presented at festivals including Lift Festival, Under the radar, Berlinale; and in venues such as Theatre de la Ville, Walker Art Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This year Arias was awarded the Frankfurt Author’s Award for her work MINEFIELD.

www.lolaarias.com

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED byLola Arias
CASTLou Armour, David Jackson, Gabriel Sagastume, Ruben Otero, Sukrim Rai, Marcelo Vallejo
RESEARCH & PRODUCTIONSofia Medici, Luz Algranti<
SET DESIGNERMariana Tirantte
MUSIC COMPOSERUlises Conti
LIGHT DESIGNER / TECHNICAL DIRECTIONDavid Seldes
VIDEO DESIGNERMartin Borini
SOUND ENGINEERRoberto Pellegrino / Ernesto Fara
DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANTErika Teichert / Agustina Barzola
TECHNICAL ASSISTANTImanol López
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTLucila Piffer
UK ASSISTANTKate O’Connor
COSTUMESAndrea Piffer
UK PRODUCERS FORLIFT (London) / Erica Campayne, Carolyn Forsyth, Matt Burman
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERGema Films
Supported byBritish Council, Embajada de la República Argentina en Gran Bretaña e Irlanda del Norte, Arts Council England, The Sackler Trust
Presented byKyoto Experiment
MINEFIELD was originally commissioned and coproduced by LIFT (London), Royal Court Theatre (London), Brighton Festival, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Theaterformen (Braunschweig), Le Quai Angers, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Humain Trop Humain / CDN de Montpellier and Athens & Epidaurus Festival
Supported by Arts Council England, British Council and The Sackler Trust

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

    Lola Arias

    Melancholy and Demonstrations