Jan 23–26, 2014
Argentinean writer, director, performer, and songwriter Lola Arias brings El Año en que nací / The year I was born to the MCA Stage. Ten performers, born during Augusto Pinochet’s 1970s and 1980s dictatorship in Chile, retell their parent’s stories using photographs, letters, cassette tapes, old clothing, anecdotes, and elusive recollections. The performances are part of the MCA Stage Global Stage Series and take place January 23-25 at 7:30 pm, and January 26 at 3 pm, in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Invited by the Chilean government to create a new work, Arias chose to explore the seemingly-lost histories of people who lived under the Pinochet regime. Arias identified ten performers whose parents had diverse experiences living in Pinochet-era Chile. They don their parent’s clothes and tell family stories that represent a range of economic, racial, and political backgrounds. Performer-by-performer, the stories collect and converge, retracing both personal histories and the collective history of Chile. A harrowing and cathartic experience for the performers, this playful and political piece reveals the complexity and dark secrets alongside the joy and humor of lives recovered.
The performance is in Spanish with English subtitles.
Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes