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Las ideas

Federico León
Federico León (ARG)

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Stage director: Federico León
Direction assistance and production: Rodrigo Pérez, Rocío Gómez Cantero
Sets: Ariel Vaccaro
Sound and music: Diego Vainer
Lighting design: Alejandro Le Roux
Costumes: Paola Delgado

Operations Building B

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Las ideas works at the very limit of reality and fiction. It stages the intimacy of a creative process, akin to the one that Federico León could go through with Julián Tello, an actor and collaborator of the writer-director in real life. The ideas could be their own ideas, but are not necessarily their ideas. They are themselves, but at the same time they perform as themselves.

In Las ideas, an artist and his collaborator work developing different art projects. What seems to be an informal meeting between two friends gradually turns into an intensely creative day. They work seated at a messy ping-pong table that serves as a desk, equipped with a computer desktop and projector. Recordings of rehearsals, materials from other projects at different creative stages, ideas for future works, ideas that come up at that moment and are incorporated, as well as others that were discarded to the computer’s recycle bin, are all on the surface. Over the ping-pong table, the artist and his collaborator engage in a constant exchange—a ping-pong—of ideas and theories.

The viewer is invited to follow this process in real time from within: how ideas come up; which mechanisms are activated to put them into practice; hypotheses and theories are in turn analysed, observed and confronted. Everything that the viewer sees becomes potential working material. What is an actual part of their lives and what belongs to the artistic experience is blurred. The computer becomes yet another character. Ideas work the boundaries between reality and fiction, and in the end bring on stage the intimacy of a creative process.

Approximate running time: 60 minutes, no intermission.

In Spanish, with English and Czech surtitles

Discussion with artists after the performance in the auditorium on 4 October.

New Stage – Building B is a non-theatrical, unheated venue. Therefore we recommend you warm clothing or blanket.

Federico León was born in Buenos Aires in 1975. He is a prolific writer and director for theatre, film, and, increasingly, hybrid forms. His 2014 film, La última película (The Last Movie), traces a series of interventions at former cinemas, now turned into parking lots. His work has toured throughout America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. He has won the First Prize for Playwriting from Argentina’s National Theatre Institute and the 2004 Konex Prize in Literature for the production of the Quinquennium. He was Professor in Residence in 2010 at the Artists Programme at the Di Tella University, with Martín Rejtman. His plays and essays about the creative process are published by Registros.

Premiere: 22 May 2015