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MY LIFE AFTER

2009

In My life after six Argentinian actors born in the 70’s and early 80’s reconstruct their parents youth from photos, letters, tapes, used clothes, stories, dim memories. Who were my parents when was I born? What was Argentina like before I learned to speak? How many versions are there about what happened when I was so young that I can’t remember?

Each actor reconstructs scenes from the past in order to understand something from their future. As if they were their parents’ stunt doubles, they put on their clothes and try to represent their lives.

Carla reconstructs the conflicting versions about the death of her father, who was a sergeant in the People’s Revolutionary Army (ERP). Vanina looks at her childhood photos again trying to understand what her father did as an intelligence officer. Blas puts on his father’s cassock to represent his life at the seminary. Mariano listens again to the tapes left by his father, who wrote a column about cars and was a member of Juventud Peronista, the Peronist Youth. Pablo relives the days of his father as a clerk in a bank taken over by the military government. Liza revisits the circumstances when her parents left Argentina and went into exile.

My life after operates around the borders of reality and fiction, the encounter of two generations, the intersection of national history and private stories.

  • Written and directed: Lola Arias.*
  • With: Blas Arrese Igor, Liza Casullo, Carla Crespo, Vanina Falco, Pablo Lugones, Mariano Speratti and Moreno Speratti da Cunha.
  • Dramaturgy and production: Sofía Medici.
  • Music: Ulises Conti.**
  • Choreography: Luciana Acuña.
  • Set desing: Ariel Vacaro.
  • Video: Marcos Medici.
  • Light design: Gonzalo Córdova.
  • Costume design: Jazmín Berakha.
  • History advisory: Gonzalo Aguilar.
  • Photos: Lorena Fernández.
  • Production: Gustavo Kotik.
* The play was written with the collaboration and original material supplied by the actors.
** The music was composed with the collaboration of Liza Casullo and Lola Arias.

This play was presented in:

Teatro Sarmiento, TGSM, Buenos Aires
International Summer Festival Hamburg
Theater Spektakle Zurich
Noordezon Performing Arts Festival Groningen
Steirischer Herbst Festival Graz
BIT Theater Garasjen, Bergen
Spielart Festival, Munich
Theater am Kirchplatz (TAK) Lichtestein
HAU Berlin
Festival Radicals, Barcelona
Extra. Theatre Bonlieu. Annecy
Transversales, México DF
FIAC, León, Guanajuato
ArtCena Festival, Río de Janeiro
Musountourn, Frankfurt.
TACEC, Teatro Argentino de La Plata
FIAC, Festival Internacional de Artes Escénicas de Bahía
FITAM, Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil, Santiago de Chile
FIDAE, Festival Internacional de Montevideo
Theâtre de Cornouaille, Quimper
Theatre de la Ville, Paris
Festival Internacional de Teatro de Río Preto
Festival Cena Contemporánea de Brasilia
Centro Cultural San Martín, Buenos Aires
Brighton Festival, Brighton
Bienal Internacional de Teatro, USP, Sao Paulo
Mladi Levi, Ljubljana
Festival Transitions, Centro Cultural Onasis, Athens
Akcent Festival, Archa Theater, Prague
Trafo Theater, Budapest.