Audition For A Demonstration: 2001
Performance // Lola Arias, 2017

How can one represent great historical moments: the rebellion of the people, the collapse of a regime, the breaking down of the borders? What stays in the memory years later: a photo, a gesture, a slogan? If you could go back in time , which role would you like to play: someone in the crowd, a speaker, a policeman?

The project starts with an Add on the newspaper and other media with an open call to participate in a re-enactment of a demonstration that happened in the past. Using a mixed format that includes both Americal idol and political recruitment, a jury of artists interviews the masses and make them perform in private. Every one of the participants is confronted with his ideas, memories and imagination of the events: Where was I when it happened? Did I participate, did I see it on TV, did I hear from it? Which images stayed in my mind? How could I reconstruct them? How far am I willing to go?

A durational performance with an audition format: spontaneous performers are acting in front of a camera without rehearsals; the text is written as the performers speak, the audience is protagonist and spectator at the same time. Audition for a demonstration deals with the collective memory, the mediatisation of politics, the relationship between fiction and History. The play is a portable concept: in each city, there is a re-enactment of a local demonstration.

15 years after the crisis of the 19. and 20. December 2001, Audition for a demonstration is presented at the second Performance Bienale to reconstruct the events of two of the most significant days in the last decades in Argentina.

CREDITS

CONCEPT Lola Arias
PRODUCTION AND RESEARCH Lucila Piffer
ARTISTIC COLLABORATION Julián D’Angiolillo
DRAMATURGY Aljoscha Begrich
ARCHIVE RESEARCH
 Lucía Ulanovsky
TECHNICAL DIRECTION David Seldes
VIDEO Marcos Medici
COSTUME Candela Rosito
RESEARCH CONSULTANT María Moreno
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Silvina Bernabé Flores
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE Facundo David
COSTUME ASSISTANCE Laura García Bustos
SOUND Francisco Pérez, Guido Compagno
VIDEO ASSISTANCE Nicolás Tordó, Marco Barbieri, Daniela Pessi, Martín Halliburton
PHOTOGRAPHY Gonzalo Martínez, Marino Balbuena

This project was coproduced and presented by Centro Cultural San Martín (Buenos Aires) as part of the programme of BP.17 – Performance Biennale. Read more