To all those who say nothing happens in Buenos Aires over the summer, you are mistaken. You should really get packing those bags promptly, before you miss out on the many cultural as well as many free events happening over the coming weeks.
One of which is alternative theater festival TABA (or Temporada Alta en Buenos Aires). A little different to the shows you may find in theater land on Avenida Corrientes, the festival offers theatergoers unconventional productions that are a little quirkier (and commonly referred to as off-Corrientes).
Relatively reasonable prices of around AR $250 a pop as well as a discount price of AR $600 for three plays when bought online, make this festival more accessible than others, (tickets for a mainstream show on Corrientes Av. can be upwards of AR $600).
From February 1st until the 11th, hosts of TABA, Timbre 4 theater will be opening its doors to theatre companies from all over Latin America and Europe to show thirteen unconventional and thought provoking productions which will leave you questioning and challenging what you’ve witnessed.
Not usually light entertainment, and often dealing with taboo or less talked about topics, the plays could come off as a little dark but are deeply intriguing as well as compelling.
If you’re after something that will provide you and your date with some deeper conversations, this is the evening for you.
Highlights include Sarah Kane’s ‘Psicosis de las 4.48’, a hard hitting play exploring what happens mentally when a human can no longer distinguish between the real, imaginary, fantasy and nightmare. Partly autobiographical in nature, the play was written during a bout of extreme depression suffered by Kane. Interpreted by Catalonian theater company ‘The Three Keatons’ this is the first time the play has been shown in Spanish.
Also hailing from Catalonia, ‘Pluja’ works to explore vulnerabilities and the feeling of smallness. Featuring live piano music throughout, an intimate purposely-small stage as well as a wrap around audience, the play is a nod to informal theater. Actors are described as being face to face with the audience, giving spectators the sense that they are in fact a part of the production.
‘Savia’ creation of Peruvian playwright, Luis Alberto Léon, revisits a tragic period of Peruvian history that is not often spoken about. Savia centers on three indigenous women hailing from the Amazonian region, who are sent to care for a dying old man. In doing so, ‘Savia’ explores the tragic consequences suffered by indigenous Amazonian people, forced to work at the hands of intolerable violence during the seventies rubber plantation boom. Receiving plenty of critical acclaim in Peru, it’s a must see during the festival.
Other notable plays include Chilean play ‘Pompeya’ which aims to display the problems of marginalization, discrimination and migration through the disappearance of a sex worker. As well as ‘Cruce’, produced by Argentine theater company, ‘Teatro del Bardo’, from Entre Rios, which takes a look at the unity of three brothers and the consequences of an irreversible life-changing incident.
For show times check the program here.