Manuela Infante (Santiago de Chile)

entrance € 14,00 | reduced € 7,00


28.10. 19:00 – 20:30

29.10. 19:00 – 20:30

30.10. 19:00 – 20:30

Artist talk after the performance on 29.10., moderated by Janka Dold (in English)

In Spanish with german subtitles

What might a play look like that behaves like a stone? A stone is not born, it does not grow, and it does not die. Rocks, as non-living things, may function as models for a different kind of resistance. They may shed critical light on concepts central to our present such as growth, progress and development. In HOW TO TURN TO STONE the Chilean director and author Manuela Infante explores a non-anthropocentric, non-humanistic theatre. For several years now, her work counters the modern concept of “the human” as the measure of all things. As far as she is concerned, this concept only serves to justify exclusion and exploitation. The artistic engagement with rocks allows Manuela Infante to adopt a speculative practice, a new perspective on the world, which brings along different forms of organisation and alternative forms of politics. HOW TO TURN TO STONE experiments with eroded narratives which compact like rock layers, and with soundscapes which build on one another. The piece looks closely at the attunement of laboring bodies with geological formations and their shared histories of extraction and exhaustion.


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Director | Playwright Manuela Infante Cast Marcela Salinas | Aliocha de la Sotta | Rodrigo Pérez Design Rocío Hernández Technical Manager | Visuals Pablo Mois Sound Design Manuela Infante Visuals Design | Light-sound programming Alex Waghorn Choreography Diana Carvajal Music Collaborations Valentina Villarroel | Marcos Meza With music by Eliane Radigue | Pauline Oliveros | Kali Malone | Senyawa and Beverly Glenn-Copeland Sound Technician Diego Betancourt Sound Technical Design Gonzalo Rodríguez Research | Dramaturgy Camila Valladares


The Chilean director, dramatist, scriptwriter, and musician Manuela Infante studied cultural analysis in her master’s studies in Amsterdam. She is known for the scenic articulation of contemporary, theoretical subjects. With her group Teatro de Chile she wrote and staged numerous plays from 2002 to 2016. Her works were produced and staged at Theater Bremen (Germany), Festival de Modena (Italy), The Watermill Center (New York), FIBA (Buenos Aires), FITAM (Santiago), KVS (Belgium), La Rose De Vents (France), TheaterWorks (Singapore). Her recent works are being created at the Schauspielhaus Bochum (Germany), Teatro Nacional de Cataluña (Spanien), Theater Basel (Switzerland) and M100 (Chile). In 2015, she was the first woman to be appointed Director of the National Festival for Dramaturgy in Chile. In 2019, she was the first Chilean theatre maker to get invited to the Venice Biennale with her plays ESTADO VEGETAL and REALISMO, and won the first prize of the Stückemarkt at the Theatertreffen 2019 in Berlin. With her band Bahía Inútil, she launched two albums, and she worked as a scriptwriter together with renowned Chilean film directors like Cristián Jiménez, Alicia Scherson, Marialy Rivas and Sebastian Lelio.

Production Carmina Infante Co-produced by Centro Cultural Matucana 100 | Fundación Teatro a Mil | NAVE | Parque Cultural de Valparaíso Funded by Chilean Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage Supported by DIRAC - Dirección de Asuntos Culturales del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Chile Partly developed in artistic residencies at Kyoto Experiment Festival | Kyoto Arts Center | Parque Cultural de Valparaíso | NAVE, Centro de Creación y Residencia