How To Turn To Stone
Santiago de Chile
A Theatrical Speculation in Non-Human Realms
A stone is not born. It does not grow. It does not die. It is resistant and just about indestructible. In “How To Turn To Stone”, Manuela Infante continues her test series on non-anthropocentric, non-humanistic theatre in an attempt to counter the idea of the human as the measure of all things. In her view, the “concept of the human” merely serves to maintain hierarchies and justify exclusions – even, or especially, with regard to humans: exploitation and oppression are apparently inscribed into our humanity. What would the world look like from the point of view of a stone?
“How To Turn To Stone” is a mineral play with eroded narratives that solidify like layers of stone and cast a critical eye on humanity from within accumulated soundscapes.
Manuela Infante is a playwright and screenplay writer, director and musician. Her speciality is the staging of theoretical questions. In 2019 she became the first Chilean theatre practitioner to be invited to the Venice Biennale, where she performed her plays “Estado Vegetal” and “Realismo”.
Author, director: Manuela Infante / Performance: Aliocha de la Sotta, Marcela Salinas, Rodrigo Pérez / Design: Rocío Hernández / Technical director, visuals: Pablo Mois / Production: Carmina Infante / Sound design: Manuela Infante / Design visuals, lighting and sound programming: Alex Waghorn / Choreography: Diana Carvajal / Sound tracks: Valentina Villarroel / Sound engineering: Diego Betancourt / Technical sound design: Gonzalo Rodriguez / Research, dramaturgy: Camila Valladares / Translation: Franziska Muche
Co-production: Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Fundación Teatro a Mil, Centro NAVE and Parque Cultural de Valparaíso