Diamante – a beautiful name for a fictional city brought to life in a spectacular theatrical event by the Argentinean author and director Mariano Pensotti: About 100 years ago, a German businessman built a home for the workers employed in his mining company in the north of Argentina. In this city, the workers, largely of German descent, live in idyllic conditions in Scandinavian-style cabins and enjoy social privileges. Pensotti’s three-act live epos draws on telenovela elements to depict the decline of a utopia. The audience experiences it all first hand: Visitors move through the eleven scenes, which resemble film sets, and peer in windows and doors. They follow the city’s inhabitants as they dance and live, as relationships shatter. They witness betrayal and hope – and observe how the idyllic city in the middle of the jungle becomes the exact opposite. In each act, the audience visits the same people and sees how their fear of losing security and wealth increases isolation. An extraordinary theatrical exprience that captures the mood of the times. Not to be missed!
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Text, Direction Mariano Pensotti Set, Costume Mariana Tirantte Music Diego Vainer Lights Alejandro Le Roux Artistic Production Florencia Wasser With Anna Böger, Benjamin Ulbrich, Bettina Engelhardt, Chen Yan, Chris Urwyler, Christian Strasser, Cornelia Dörr, Cristián Lehmann Carrasco, Filip Wyzinski, Gaby Ferrero, Ilja Pawloff, Javier Drolas, Johanna Keschmann, Jonathan Tribe, Judith Seither, Julian Keck, Juliana Muras, Marie Eick-Kerssenbrock, Martin Horn, Maximilian Strestik, Michael Witte, Moritz Krainz, Moritz Peschke, Santiago Gobernori, Sarah Bernscherer, Wolfgang Ciechanowski Assistant director David Schnaegelberger, Friederike Kötter
Commissioned by Ruhrtriennale Production Vienna Wiener Festwochen Co-production Grand Theatre Groningen, Berliner Festspiele / Immersion
Premiere August 2018, Ruhrtriennale (Duisburg)
Mariano Pensotti is an Argentinian author and theater director. He studied Cinema, Visual Arts and Theater in Buenos Aires, Spain and Italy and formed the company Grupo Marea together with the set designer Mariana Tirantte, the musician Diego Vainer, the light designer Alejandro Le Roux and the producer Florencia Wasser. In his artistic work he has developed two different lines, one composed by stage performances where he writes his own literary texts and the play is strongly based on the work with the actors, and in parallel he produced several site-specific performances in public spaces where the main intention is to create a particular contrast between fiction and reality. As an author and theatre director he created more than fifteen performances in the past ten years. His piece Cineastas was presented at the Wiener Festwochen in 2013.
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