28 Sep Estado Vegetal by Manuela Infante
Estado Vegetal, Theatre by Manuela Infante (Chile) – CLIMAKAZE MIAMI. Apr. 20th at 8.30 p.m. & 21st at 3:00 p.m. | On.Stage Black.Box at Miami Dade County Auditorium
Produced by FUNDarte, in collaboration with the Rhythm Foundation and Miami Dade County Auditorium, Climakaze Miami will host three diverse days contemporary Chilean performing arts on April 19th, 20th and 21st at the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach, and the On.Stage Black.Box at The Miami Dade County Auditorium in Little Havana. Climakaze Miami provides a thoughtful and intriguing interdisciplinary platform for artists creating work addressing environmental issues and climate change.
In partnership with Miami Dade County Auditorium this year’s Climakaze Miami will feature the remarkable play Estado Vegetal (Vegetal State), by Manuela Infante on Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st. Written and directed by one of Chile’s most exciting and innovative young playwrights, the Miami premiere of her work is part of a five-city U.S. tour.
Vegetal State (Estado Vegetal) is a monologue in which the extraordinary Chilean actress Marcela Salinas brings to life, through the masterful use of her voice, the story of an accident, and the dozens of characters linked to the event, which revolves around the existence of an immense tree that has wide ranging impacts on the life of a community. As the only human being on stage, her dialogues, debates and depositions sprout from under an arc of lights, between plants, microphones, pedestals and pots to express the rejection, respect, attachment, love and incomprehension between humans and plants. This deceptively compact work establishes a timely, philosophical reflection on different ways of relating to the animal and plant kingdoms. This work is performed in Spanish with English supertitles.
Created with an all-woman team, the play uses Infante’s sublime sense for comedy and theater in service of philosophical concepts about plant intelligence and vegetative soul. Estado Vegetal probes the human need to communicate; alternately, by staging the possibility of communication between plants, it also anticipates a post-anthropocentric theater. Estado Vegetal interrogates the value of a life that takes more time to process information or translate it into motion. It is hard to look at difference in people, or anything that photosynthesizes, in the same light after this.
In addition to the live performances, FUNDarte will host an artist talk with Manuela Infante. Free admission.
What: Estado Vegetal, Theatre by Manuela Infante (Chile)
When: Apr. 20th at 8.30 p.m. & 21st at 3:00 p.m.
Where: On. Stage Black. Box Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135)
Cost: $30 adults | $25 students and seniors | $20 for groups of 10 or more.
Tickets: On sale via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com; by phone (800) 745-3000 and at the Miami Dade County Auditorium Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Information: (305) 547-5414; (786) 348-0789
Approximate running time: 70 minutes with no intermission. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. The 2018-2019 U.S. tour of “Estado Vegetal” is supported in part by Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America.
2019 promises to be the hottest year on record, and FUNDarte believes culture’s role in progressive climate action is inevitable, and can be networked more deeply to expand partnerships and engage citizenry in meaningful ways. To address this issue, we founded Climakaze Miami to honor artists and thinkers making work at the intersection of culture and climate.
The 2018-2019 U.S. tour of Estado Vegetal by Manuela Infante is supported in part by Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America. General support for Climakaze Miami comes in part from the Miami Dade County Auditorium; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council; The City of Miami Beach; The Miami Beach Botanical Garden; Culture Shock Miami; University of the Miami, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Joseph Carter Memorial Fund; The Consulate of Chile in Miami; Centro Cultural de España en Miami; Pamela’s Restaurant; Generacion Asere; The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald; MiamiArtZine; MAG; WDNA and Romaldesign.
FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures with an emphasis on Hispanic/Latino arts and culture. FUNDarte particularly works to nurture emerging artists and those with little or no exposure to South Florida audiences; facilitate intercultural and international exchanges; and provide local audiences and artists with educational opportunities that expand their creative, critical, and social perspectives.