Press releases | Culture 05.07.2010

Escena Sur Temporary Academy for Theater and New Dramatics 2010-07-19 to 2010-08-13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Escena Sur is a new forum for performing arts that offers theater artists from Latin America and Europe a joint working platform in Buenos Aires. It links a temporary academy for artistic exchange and transfer of knowledge with an artistic research and development lab. The forum founded by the Siemens Stiftung and THE – Association for Latin American Theater – operates in the intermediary space between private and public where art arises and finds a connection to the public.

Escena Sur kicks off with a four-week program from 2010-07-19 to 2010-08-13 at different locations around Buenos Aires. The first edition of this temporary academy now to be held annually comprises an authors’ workshop for young dramatists, a series of lectures by both renowned and young playwrights and an interdisciplinary research project to explore issues of ‘the public’.

Under the guidance of renowned director and playwright Alejandro Tantanian up-and-coming dramatists from Latin America and Europe will take part in a fourweek intensive seminar to develop topical pieces of theater. Complementing this, literary scholar Cynthia Edul will be chairing a workshop on current Argentinean theater where, over the four weeks, participants will attend twenty four performances in Buenos Aires studying and reflecting upon these together with the playwrights. Furthermore, a public, eight-part series of lectures will be held including master classes with both renowned and young playwrights from Argentina, Chile and Germany bringing very different approaches to theater together. Argentinean theater greats such as Eduardo Pavlovsky, Ricardo Monti or Rafael Spregelburd will also be involved as will the Chilean author Guillermo Calderón and the emerging dramatists Romina Paula and Ariel Farace.

Artists and thinkers from different fields will also gather for an interdisciplinary research project to explore the question of ‘the public’. Denoting a by far larger area than merely the mass media or public space, the ‘public’ grows ever more fascinating the more jeopardized it appears to be. It highlights the common as a conscious decision not only to pursue private interests but also those of others, as explained by sociologist Stephan Jansen. The research project reflects the possibilities art has within society and questions where and how theater participates within the public sphere. Can art question the imaginary potential of the public sphere and point to alternatives when this ‘public’ is increasingly marked by ideas of privatization and populism?

The research group begins with a one-week work phase from which different artistic activities in theater, film, fine art and literature are developed. Over the course of the year these will possibly appear in a variety of contexts in the (cultural) life of Buenos Aires and thereby perpetuate the debate.

Public lecture program
Monday, July 19, 2010, 6 PM
Eduardo Pavlovsky (Argentina)

Moday, July 19, 2010, 7.30 PM
Ricardo Monti (Argentina)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 4 PM
Guillermo Calderón (Chile)

Monday, July 26, 2010, 6.30 PM
Romina Paula & Ariel Farace (Argentina)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 4 PM
Horacio Banega (Argentina)

Monday, August 2, 2010, 6.30 PM
Rafael Spregelburd (Argentina)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 4 PM
Philipp Löhle (Deutschland)

Monday, August 9, 2010, 6.30 PM
Emilio García Wehbi (Argentina)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 4 PM
Mauricio Kartun (Argentina)

All lectures take place in the Malba (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos
Aires) – Fundación Costantini, Avda. Figueroa Alcorta 3415,
C1425CLA Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contributing Artists
Horacio Banega, Guillermo Calderón, Beatriz Catani, Ariel Farace, Carlos Gamerro, Mauricio Kartun, Patricio Larrambebere, Philipp Löhle, Daniel Link, Santiago Loza, Ricardo Monti, Romina Paula, Eduardo Pavlovsky, Rafael Spregelburd, Alejandro Tantanian, Emilio García

Cooperation Partners
THE – Asociación para el Teatro Latinoamericano und Siemens Stiftung in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Goethe-Institut, dem Centro Cultural de España, dem Museo Evita und dem Malba (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) – Fundación Costantini

Joachim Gerstmeier (Siemens Stiftung), Alejandro Tantanian

Further Information

The Siemens Stiftung was founded in September 2008 as a charitable foundation constituted under civil law and headquartered in Munich. At the focus of its activities are social commitment, education, technology as well as arts and culture.

THE – Asociación para el Teatro Latinoamericano was founded as a charitable institution by artists in Buenos Aires in 2009 and promotes exchange and collaboration between dramatists and those involved in theater from Latin America.