Latin America: El pasado es un animal grotesco / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Latin America: El pasado es un animal grotesco

Mariano Pensotti

Transitions 2. Latin America

26 - 27 November 2014
Main Stage
110 minutes
Intense and revelatory, moving and scathing, wildly funny but bitter -an angry portrait of the generation that lived through the crisis in Argentina.
10 €
Concs 5 € | Unemployed 5 €
Argentina - Buenos Aires
Argentina, 1999. Four young people stand united before the end of all utopias. The course of their lives will now be determined by their country’s economic and institutional bankruptcy. Bidding farewell to his dreams of a career directing films, Mario will make low-rent adverts. Setting aside the bohemian life she'd led in Paris, Lora will take a job in a theme park. Vicky will discover that her father has a secret second family, and Pablo will find himself in possession of... a severed hand.

On a revolving stage spinning through time and space like a carousel, the protagonists of the distinguished dramatist-director Mariano Pensotti see how they reconstruct their identity every time they talk about themselves: their existence is built upon its narration, and the past is like a grotesque animal that changes shaped every time someone looks back at it. An epic narrative along the lines of The Human comedy by BalzacThe past is a grotesque animal unfolds on stage in modern terms: with a filmed montage in the style of the Nouvelle Vague and to the sounds of alternative rock.


The past is a grotesque animal (El pasado es un animal grotesco)
With: Santiago Gobernori, Javier Lorenzo, Pilar Gamboa, María Ines Sancerni
Stageplay & Direction: Mariano Pensotti
Set & Costume Design: Mariana Tirantte
Lighting Design: Matías Sendón
Music: Diego Vainer
Assistant Director: Leandro Orellano
Light Operation: Alejandro Le Roux
Sound Engineer: Ernesto Fara
Technical Assistance: José Ansaldo
Executive Production: Florencia Wasser
Translation: Konstantinos Palaiologos
Touring production: Ligne Directe / Judith Martin (

El pasado es un animal grotesco was created in March 2010 at the Teatro Sarmiento (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in a Grupo Marea (Buenos Aires, Argentina) production and is a Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium), Theaterformen (Hanover, Germany), Festival de Otoño de Madrid (Spain) and Norfolk and Norwich Festival (UK) co-production.

26 Nov 2014


After performance talk with Mariano Pensotti

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