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LOLA ARIAS

(1976)

Is a writer, theatre director, and performer. She collaborates with artists from different disciplines in music, film and art projects. Her productions play with the overlap zones between reality and fiction. She works with actors, policemen, beggars, musicians, dancers, prostitutes, children and animals. In Striptease (2007) the protagonist is a baby, who crawls on stage while his parents are arguing on the phone. In El amor es un francotirador (2007), the performers relate true and fictional love stories while a rock band plays live. In Mi vida después (2009), six performers reconstruct their parents’ youth in 1970’s Argentina by means of photos, letters, cassettes and old clothes.

She staged 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. Melancolía y Manifestaciones (2012) is a play about her mother’s depression that was produced in Buenos Aires and opened in Vienna. Her piece The art of making money (2013) was performed by beggars, prostitutes and street musicians from the city of Bremen.

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) involving Brazilian police officers, and Airport Kids (2008) with global nomads aged between 7 and 13 years old. Between 2010 and 2012, they curated a Festival of urban interventions Ciudades Paralelas in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Zurich, Singapore and other cities.

She published poetry, fiction and plays: Las impúdicas en el paraíso (2000), La escuálida familia (2001), Poses para dormir (2005), Striptease/Sueño con revólver/ El amor es un francotirador (2007), and Los posnucleares (2011).

Her texts have been translated into more than seven languages, Lola Arias’ works for theatre have been performed at festivals including Steirischer Herbst, Graz; Festival d’Avignon; Theater Spektakel, Zurich; Wiener Festwochen; Spielart Festival, Munich; Alkantara Festival, Lisbon; Radicals Festival, Barcelona, Under the radar, NY. And in venues like: Theatre de la ville Paris, Red Cat LA, Walker Art Centre Minneapolis, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.