ASUNTOS HUMANOS

Centre Civic Trinitat Vella | BARCELONA

2021

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The story is built from the perception of social differences and how these were accentuated within the global experience of “confinement”, highlighting extreme situations that affected coexistence, individual freedoms and the living conditions of one and the other depending on their social position, origin and legal situation. The same actress embodies two characters who live different social realities. One lives within economic security, job stability, access to benefits and the possibility of teleworking to protect themselves during the state of alarm. The other is in a precarious situation, she gets a daily living, is undocumented and is forced to accept unfair treatment when working. She does not have the option of choosing to shelter at home during confinement and therefore she exposes herself having in turn the opportunity to live experiences that the other since confinement cannot live. The dichotomy between security and freedom is expressed, the influence of fear and segestion when making decisions, the relationship with risk, with the fight. Despite the difference in condition between the two, they face the same problem: lack of time before and loneliness after. One because she fills herself with activities to fill the emptiness and boredom and the other because she has to run after work without much thought. Life leads them to interact in a particular way, where one “fearful from her bubble” needs the other, who is her contact with the outside world. And although they may have things in common and even things to share, fear and the situation create a barrier that limits the relationship to a utilitarian level, leaving out the human, which must find unexpected ways of expressing itself. These two women are led by two forces that represent the subconscious, the animal side, the repressed desire, the will, the wait to be able to take action, or to find the moment to give free rein to the desires.

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La historia se construye desde la percepción de las diferencias sociales y cómo estas se acentuaron dentro de la experiencia global del “confinamiento” poniendo en evidencia situaciones extremas que afectaron la convivencia, las libertades individuales y las condiciones de vida de unos y otros dependiendo de su posición social, procedencia y situación legal. Una misma actriz encarna dos personajes que viven realidades sociales diferentes. Una vive dentro de la seguridad económica, la estabilidad laboral, el acceso a prestaciones y la posibilidad del teletrabajo para protegerse durante el estado de alarma. La otra está en una situación de precariedad, consigue el sustento día a día, está indocumentada y se vé obligada a aceptar tratos poco justos a la hora de trabajar. No tiene la opción de elegir resguardarse en casa durante el confinamiento y por lo tanto se expone teniendo a su vez la oportunidad de vivir experiencias que la otra desde el encierro no puede vivir. Se expresan la dicotomía entre seguridad y libertad, el influjo de el miedo y la segestión a la hora de tomar desiciones, la relación con el riesgo, con la lucha. Pese a la diferencia de condición entre las dos se enfrentan a un mismo problema: la falta de tiempo antes y la soledad despues. Una porque se llena de actividades para suplir el vacío y el aburrimiento y la otra porqué tiene que correr detrás del trabajo sin pensar mucho. La vida las lleva a interactuar de una forma particular, donde una “temerosa desde su burbuja”, necesita a la otra que es su contacto con el mundo exterior. Y aunque quizás pueden tener cosas en común e incluso cosas para compartir, el miedo y la situación generan una barrera que limita la relación a un plano utilitario, dejando por fuera lo humano, que deberá encontrar formas inesperadas de expresarse. Estas dos mujeres son llevadas por dos fuerzas que representan el subconciente, el lado animal, el deseo reprimido, la voluntad, la espera para poder entrar en acción, o para encontrar el momento para dar rienda suelta a los deseos.

IT

Il racconto è costruito a partire dalla percezione delle differenze sociali e di come queste si siano accentuate all’interno dell’esperienza globale di “confinamento”, mettendo in luce situazioni estreme che hanno condizionato la convivenza, le libertà individuali e le condizioni di vita dell’uno e dell’altro a seconda della loro posizione sociale, origine e situazione giuridica. La stessa attrice incarna due personaggi che vivono realtà sociali diverse. Si vive all’interno della sicurezza economica, della stabilità del lavoro, dell’accesso ai benefici e della possibilità del telelavoro per proteggersi durante lo stato di allarme. L’altro si trova in una situazione precaria, si guadagna da vivere giorno per giorno, non ha documenti ed è costretto ad accettare un trattamento ingiusto quando si tratta di lavoro. Non ha la possibilità di scegliere di rifugiarsi in casa durante il confino e quindi si espone, avendo a sua volta l’opportunità di vivere esperienze che l’altro dal confino non può vivere. Si esprime la dicotomia tra sicurezza e libertà, l’influenza della paura e della segestione nel prendere decisioni, il rapporto con il rischio, con la lotta. Nonostante la differenza di condizioni tra i due, affrontano lo stesso problema: mancanza di tempo prima e solitudine dopo. Uno perché si riempie di attività per riempire il vuoto e la noia e l’altro perché deve rincorrere il lavoro senza pensarci troppo. La vita li porta ad interagire in un modo particolare, dove uno “pauroso dalla sua bolla” ha bisogno dell’altro che è il suo contatto con il mondo esterno. E sebbene possano avere cose in comune e anche cose da condividere, la paura e la situazione creano una barriera che limita la relazione a un livello utilitaristico, tralasciando l’umano, che deve trovare modi inaspettati di esprimersi. Queste due donne sono guidate da due forze che rappresentano il subconscio, il lato animale, il desiderio represso, la volontà, l’attesa di poter agire, o di trovare il momento per dare libero sfogo ai desideri.

Title
Asuntos Humanos

Company
Colectivo Cistifellea

Duration
50 min

Direction and Projection
Elena Tilli

Script and Original Music
Nicolas Cristancho

Choreography
Susana Isunza

Interpreters
Amanda Araújo, Ananda Payan, Gabriel Napoleone

Presented at:

Centro Civi Trinidad Vella
Barcelona, España Oct 2021

 

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NICOLAS CRISTANCHO

Composer, pianist, guitarist and percussionist specialized in Jazz and Afro-Caribbean music. Creator of soundtracks for audiovisuals and performing arts.
Song writer.
Double degree in Jazz Piano from the Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia and the Escuela Superior de Música de Catauña, Spain.

Nicolás is the co-founder of the Cistifellea Collective together with the director and stage designer Elena Tilli, in which he works as a sound designer, performer, and writer. His practice of improvisation and his capability to connect directly with the performers in real-time offers unique possibilities to the process. He also loves to experiment with what the participation of the public can offer to sound by developing specific tools for interaction and building custom-based small-scale instruments. By using software and electronic sounds, together with live played instruments, Nicolas allows himself a fullscale exploration that together with his wide versatility as a musician and composer, opens up a high level of complexity that translates into a beautiful, inspiring and sometimes provocative experience for the public.

Nicolas is also a singer-songwriter, leader, and manager of the independent musical project Yurgaki since 2005.

Composer and co-producer of the projects Candombe Tierra, Sones de Marimba, Chonta Dura, in Barcelona.
His work has been presented internationally in countries such as Ecuador, United States, France, Italy, Croatia, Romania, Ecuador, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Colombia and Spain.
Nicolás also works as an educator for children, youth and adults. He promotes Afro-Caribbean music around the world through concerts and workshops where he spreads various musical genres, disseminating traditional music and transforming it through his own compositions.

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ELENA TILLI

Elena is a multidisciplinary artist.

She insists on the body as the epicenter of scenic language while creating experiences for the spectator.

Elena is the co-founder of the Cistifellea Collective together with the musician Nicolas Cristancho, in which she directs, and builds scenery, machines, and media design. She is also a video designer in the theater and her collaborations have been seen at The Kitchen Theater in New York, at the Barichstaadt Opera in Munich, and in public theaters in Barcelona.

After graduating in mechanical engineering (MA), Elena completed her education at Yale School of Drama studying Technical Design and Production and Design for Theater. She completed the three years program held by Claudia Castellucci at Scuola Conia Raffaello Sanzio focused on the Theory of Scenic Representation.

Elena creates visual experiences combining elements of video, sound, and light for a variety of artistic applications. Her practice merges the research of the surrounding elements combined with curated improvisation to find new possibilities throughout the process, always guided by the commitment to find in the collaboration a unique and essential value.

In 2022 she received a scholarship from Daku, Berlin. She holds a scholarship from the Favoriten Festival (2022), Dortmund. She is a fellow of the Beyond Gravity project of Theater Im Depot, Dortmund. She is a fellow of the Digital Body program at the studio Lake Studios Berlin. In 2021 she receives a scholarship from the Akademie für Theater und Digitalität, Dortmund.
In 2019, Elena received the residency offered by Troikatronix-Isadora and LakeStudio Berlin. During this time she created the short piece Ex Matrice Corpora.

With Cistifellea she directed the shows A&D Presence of Absent (2022), Don’t Make it A Play (2022), Asuntos Humanos (2021), Todo Bien Todo Tranqui (2021) El Silencio no Existe (2020).

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