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LOLA ARIAS

(1976)

 

She is a writer, theatre director, and performer. She collaborates with artists from different disciplines in theatre, literature, music, film and art projects. Her productions play with the overlap zones between reality and fiction.

She staged Mi vida después (2009) with six performers who reconstruct their parents’ youth in 1970’s Argentina by means of photos, letters, cassettes and old clothes. And also Familienbande (2009) about a family with two mothers at Kammerspiele, Munich, and That Enemy Within (2010) in collaboration with two identical twins at HAU, Berlin. In Chile, she staged The year I was born (2012), based on biographies of people born during Pinochet’s dictatorship. In Buenos Aires, she produced Melancolía y Manifestaciones (2012), a play about her mother’s depression.

Her piece The art of making money (2013) was performed by beggars, prostitutes and street musicians from the city of Bremen. And The art of arriving (2015) uses the example of Bulgarian kids living in Germany to develop a scenic tutorial which reflects upon how to start a new life in another country. Minefield (2016) brings together British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland / Malvinas war to share their first-hand experience of the conflict and life since. Her last play, Atlas des Kommunismus, puts together women between the ages of 8 and 84 with GDR backgrounds.

She also created Stunt Double, an exhibition where four different instalations rebuilt the last 40 years of Argentinian social and political history, and presented her durational performance Audition for a demonstration in Berlin, Athens, Prague and Buenos Aires.

Together with Ulises Conti, she composes and plays music, and released the albums El amor es un francotirador (2007) and Los que no duermen (2011). Her projects with Stefan Kaegi are Chácara Paraíso (2007), Airport Kids (2008) and Ciudades Paralelas (2010), a Festival of urban interventions in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Zurich and other cities.

She published poetry, fiction and plays. Lola Arias’ works for theatre have been performed at festivals including Lift Festival, Festival d’Avignon, Theater Spektakel, Zurich, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Theaterformen, Spielart Festival, Munich, Alkantara Festival, Lisbon, Under the radar, NY, and in venues like Theatre de la Ville, Red Cat LA, Walker Art Centre, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Royal Court London.