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Espíritu

By Trinidad González and Teatro Anónimo

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 80 minutes
  • + 14 years

A collection of nocturnal stories based on anonymous characters, reflecting the neoliberal individual’s search for meaning. This play by Trinidad González did, in fact, see the social uprising coming.


A nocturnal tour of any city reveals anonymous individuals in the throes of a spiritual crisis, the result of uncontrollable consumerism and exploitation of the neoliberal model. A lack of answers - far beyond money and material goods - leads these characters to search for the hidden evil that inhabits the city and capture it in a bottle.

Although Espíritu was developed prior to the social uprising in Chile in October 2019, the script identifies the uncomfortable symptoms bothering Chilean society and, although it doesn’t refer to this unease directly, it does deal with it poetically. This fast-paced piece combines several different stories, a nocturnal atmosphere and a style that mixes humor and pain. Live music gives the sensation of a midnight concert and songs, choirs and dances tell the story of the crisis that led to a huge social uprising.

Cast and crew


Written and directed by: Trinidad González | Cast: Matteo Citarella, Tomás González, Trinidad González | Music: Tomás González | Lighting design: Nicole Needham | Staging and costume design: Teatro Anónimo | Producer: Katy Cabezas | A Teatro a Mil Foundation and HAU International Center for Theater and Performance, Berlin coproduction.

Trinidad González Jansana

Director

Three-dimensional theater

She’s one of the founders of Teatro en el Blanco, where she worked from 2006 to 2012, acting in Neva and Diciembre by Guillermo Calderón and writing, directing and acting in La reunión. Her role as Olga Knipper in Neva won her the Altazor award in 2007 for Best Theater Actress. She’s also worked as an actress in cinema and on television series. Her role in the series Bala Loca won her the Caleuche award in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress. She’s been writing, directing and acting in her own creations since 2012 and La reunión, Pájaro and Carnaval are the results.

Teatro Anónimo

Teatro Anónimo, the company

Anti-market and anti-capital

Founded in 2018, this company writes plays that deal with the dehumanization of contemporary subjects. Their productions are both theatrical and musical pieces created specially by their members, using humor and surprising changes of direction to take the audience on an emotional journey that makes them ‘experience’ the play and not just watch it as spectators. They aim to achieve a sophisticated result on a budget, taking a political stance against prevailing consumerism. Broadening their creative horizons is also something crucial to them, which is why their pieces look to combine artistic styles on stage. Espíritu is their second piece, following on from the acclaimed Carnaval.

— It’s part of a political wager by the company and Trinidad González. As she said to Buenos Aires magazine Voyeur Cultural, “I think that theater as an artistic expression should take on contingent and human issues, facing up to them, raising awareness of them and even making a nuisance of itself if necessary to wake up society as a whole. Everything today is done to put us to sleep and the most alarming thing of all is that sometimes we don’t even realize it. Theater should mobilize us and wake us up”.

— The creative process behind it involved concepts from the book Nobility of Spirit by Dutch philosopher Rob Riemen, who suggests that a return to spirituality is the only way to leave today’s fascism and violence behind. According to Riemen, humans who have forgotten themselves and who don’t have a sense of community or a spiritual goal that gives meaning to their existence are blind and lethargic, lending themselves to domination by others.

— Its staging is very appealing, with music by singer-songwriter Tomás González, one of the most outstanding composers of music for theater and a member of the company, taking part as an actor as well as being the sound designer.

Neoliberalism: The successor to liberalism, this movement appeared after the First World War, during which state intervention in legal and economic matters had been limited. The key concept in neoliberal thought is the market. The transition from old to ‘new’ liberalism involves abandoning the idea that the government’s role is simply to let current markets function. From a neoliberal point of view, the government should actively create public policies so whole sectors can be organized according to the market attributes assigned by economists. To find out more about the Chilean neoliberal model, read this essay published in Ciper.

— Listen to an interview with Trinidad González on Teatroamil.tv, in which she talks about Carnaval, the acclaimed first production by Teatro Anónimo.

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