The award-winning play Woodcutters/Holzfällen, directed by Krystian Lupa, embarks on yet another journey: this January it will be staged at the Santiago a Mil International Festival in Chile.
Krystian Lupa's Woodcutters, based on the novel by Austrian author Thomas Bernhard, explores the relationship between artists and power. The story takes place over a dinner shared by old friends from an informal art group.
As the creators put it:
The participants do not so much reminisce about the deceased, but allow themselves to express their inner or subconscious fears, grudges, damages and claims. The former bohemians have exchanged rebellious energy for state-funded contracts, lavish salaries, awards and steady jobs.
This will certainly not be the Woodcutters’ debut at a foreign festival. The iconic play has already been staged in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris and Salt in Spain. It also opened the Festival d’Avignon in 2015.
Santiago a Mil is an international theatre festival, held annually in January chiefly in Santiago, but also in other cities of Chile. Started in 1994 as Teatro a Mil Festival, it is organised by Fundación Teatro a Mil. During its 24 consecutive editions, 1386 plays from 45 countries were staged, with a total viewing audience of 10,5 million people.
Find out more: https://santiagoamil.cl/
The event is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Sources: PAP, culture.pl, e-teatr.pl, santiagoamil.cl, compiled by KA, translated by MS, 17 Jan 2018
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