Mountains vs. Elon Musk, Fight in Documentary Theater

Publicado y traducido por Thepostedia.

Elon Musk’s words are heard on stage in his famous speech to hundreds of engineers and scientists at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress. Musk says: “History is going to branch out in two directions: one way is for us to stay on Earth forever. The other is for us to become a cosmic civilization. And that, for me, is the right way. And indeed., We have only one option left and that is Mars “, these words are part of the work Ore track What this week The premiere took place at the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona. Says Txalo Toloza-Fernández. It uses literally documentary theater techniques in which the actor listens with headphones and as faithfully as possible reflects the tone and spirit of the speaker.

“The problem we have today is that the optimistic cost of a trip to Mars would be about $ 10 billion per person. And you can not create a civilization out of a million people, which is a barrier to the city. Fully self-sufficient. Mars, if the price is like that. But if we get the value up to about $ 200,000, the average house price in the United States, the probability of establishing a civilization on Mars is very high and it will take 40 and 100 years, 1000 interstellar spacecraft and 10,000 voyages each of 80 days. Quite a manageable duration considering that in ancient times a trip across the ocean lasted six months or more. A journey that, moreover, will be very fun and exciting. I promise you will have a great time! (..) The first spacecraft are almost ready and can accommodate 100 or more people, with their luggage and everything needed to build everything on Mars that we can imagine, from the foundation. Iron ions, even pizzerias. ” The future is already here, as Radio Futura said.

The company AzconaToloza has laid a new foundation. If it was before Pacific trilogyA six-year theatrical journey in documentary theater about the indigenous peoples of the Amazon region and their struggle against colonialism before and today with neocolonialism, now with the energy of Major Tom Bowie flew to unfamiliar territories. “Mineral song It is a mix of B Series documentary investigations, speculative reality and science fiction. The work deals with future colonies. We want to open a trilogy about the following areas for colonization, which are basically two: space and seabed. They are looking for unique minerals in unexplored places, with the same colonial ideas from five hundred years ago, ”explains Tchalo Tolosa, a Chilean who has lived in Barcelona for a long time and who, after a theatrical career as a visual artist, excels. Famous creators such as Sonia Gomez or Roger Bernat decided ten years ago to start a company with Laida Azkona, from the Navarre dance.

The play begins with a dream that reminds us of the last picture Fight Club, A film by David Fincher in which you can see the music of the Pixies Sea Line A city that obeys bombs. There is no music here, just words, we are not in the United States, but in Santiago de Chile. There is no terrorism, just the birth of an imaginary volcano in a ring of Pacific fire. By the window is not Edward Norton, but Tsalo Toloza, confined to his old student apartment, where he returned years later and imagined that Sea Line Santiago, who is no longer allowed to see the Andes Mountains, surrenders.

“The trilogy ended with the phrase: ‘Now is the time to stop and listen.’ We had to do a new work, a new project. “The work poses without animistic will another relationship between man and mineral. A relationship that we also learned from the original. People who listen and thank the earth for not wanting to control and present it.” As resident artists at the Teatre Lliure.

The piece stands on three legs. On the one hand, a futuristic, rather mocking science fiction text that begins with the words: “60 years ago, in the spring of the first year of the Earth invasion of Mars, several researchers and their little daughter performed one of the first. Launch the interstellar voyage from the Montjuic checkpoint in Barcelona. Thus, throughout the work we will become the diary of a nearly nine hundred day journey to Mars, both ironic and sad, ending with this family trio that will be lost on Mars on Mount Olympus, the giant mountain, and the suffocating journey. Reminds us of Cormac McCarthy’s gruesome novel way. The second leg is the theatrical space inhabited, the trademark of the house, antidramatically. A space that at first resembles a large-scale collection of minerals and is gradually becoming an archeological site to eventually become the image of a vector and a dream mountain. A space that never ceases to sound in the hands of Rodrigo Ramsey, a musician on stage who handles a concert with sound extracted from stones and minerals throughout the work.

And the third leg consists of five mountains: “San Jose volcano in the Andes, Belagua mountains in the Navarre Pyrenees, a new volcano not yet named, which is La Palma, Paricutin volcano in Mexico, artificial mountains created. By man, such as the mountains of garbage in Medellin, the second-hand clothing in the atacama or ginseng formed by the removal of the earth to be the forbidden city of Beijing; And the next mountain on Mars, Mount Olympus, “concludes Azkona. During this journey, the viewer encounters other ways of thinking, such as the thinking of the Navarre mountaineers, where they appreciate other ways of thinking on earth that have their roots in Basque mythology.

There is also an approach to the figure of Dr. Atli, a genius and figure of art in the early 20th century who saw the birth of a volcano in front of his house, Parikutin: “This is how we discovered Dr. Atli, his paintings, his volcanoes and his fire palette, and his idea that volcanoes should not be painted from below and far away, as they always did, but rather, it should be done from above and very close. And not just to change perspective, but to make the artist a part of the landscape, “they say of this magnificent mural of a politician, intellectual, chemist, and revolutionary who eventually became anti-Semitic and anti-Semitic. , But with the mind and not with the toys that are called spaceships.The full-fledged anti-Elon Musk.So we are witnessing a dense drama, full of information and a poetic and fun flight in which, for example, we see the family of the future listening to Ursula K.’s song , A fictional group that sings the poems of a writer.Ursula K. Legin.The theme on stage is interpreted by Joao Lima, a fourth member of the company, a Brazilian actor living in Barcelona, ​​better known as a dancer, but who shows the depth of acting in this work.

In short, this is how the Theater of Documentary, Anthropological and Political Denunciation unfolds, which has taken the company on tour around the world and in the big theaters of Europe. And he, chained to his faith and his language, turns to a more poetic, more fragile place, a place based on less exhaustive documentation, and reminds us of the first work of his previous trilogy, the beautiful. Strange seas are burning. “We are starting the theater we want to do in the next five or six years. Still not as much of a documentary study as in previous plays, not as much of a huge investigation. This time everything is much more fragile, there is. It is much more personal, to open poetry, ”admits Laida.

The work, however, continues to maintain a deep critical vision of the future, and already in this first part it provokes a clash between “the most furious capitalism and the televised movement” on which the world is based, Tolosa explains. “It shows how small capitalism is in the face of the volcano. These two forces are on the scene. We have started a lot of research on underwater and ultra-terrestrial mines. And we will work on that in the following sections,” he adds. “There has never been an appropriation of unused space as in recent years. Part of the science fiction part of the article is an apocryphal quote attributed to an adviser to the Spanish Ministry of Air and Space Affairs in 2036. He says: For those who mourn the loss of the old colonial empire, it can be said that our country has never been so great. Now. This really speaks to an adviser from the French Foreign Ministry on underwater extraction. “Every time France invades the island, it also takes 200 submarines that surround it, and this whole area becomes French in the 1970s, about 70%. .

“We want to talk about an expected technological turnaround, which, they say, is more environmentally friendly and dematerializable, but in fact requires a lot of mineral resources to implement it, more than ever before. While this part may seem optimistic to you, everything is already there. The money and fraud invested there has been put into action, there is hope that we will be able to reconsider it differently. From this time until 2050 more land will be relocated than has been relocated in the entire history of mankind. “We have to think and talk about it,” Azkona said. “For example, Elon Musk’s concept of terraforming Mars is appalling. They want to settle on Mars to do the same thing we did with Earth. There is no approach to get there and think about what we can do, but we are going to. Do the same, we will have the same houses, we are going to use the resources just as we destroyed what was here, “Toloza added.

The work, which will be on stage for quite a large part of May, is proactive, there is still an imbalance of density and movement on stage. But it is wonderful to have access to the original moment of the project of these two diving theaters, which has great visual and poetic capabilities at the same time when it is political and reflective. His documentary theater began before the genre was established in Spain more than five years ago. The Latin American origin of this company and its close relationship with Mexican groups such as Lagartijas tiradas al sol are not accidental. Documentary theater in Latin America has deep roots in everything from Vicente Lenero in Mexico to Peru Yuachcana. Now they are leaving it, looking to the future, to hybrids, to building dreams: “When it’s really over, the Sagrada Familia will be a super beautiful mountain, the Agbari tower another, and Lliure. The theater will be part of the mountain, after all, that is what we are leaving, the mountains, we will cross and leave the landscape, ”Toloza concludes.

Source: Pablo Caruana Huder. El Diario