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Five criteria will be assessed in varying detail when analysing each of the four plays. The play, a patchwork of theatrical genres, openly denounces the repressive reality of the various military regimes in Argentina during the early ‘s. What is more, the highly equipped experimental studios of El Instituto Torcuato di Telia were opened on Calle Florida indesigned specifically for providing a space for talented new artists specializing in the visual arts.

Like many absurdist plays, the plot is predominantly static — nothing really changes and the characters are not developed. Almost all the texts 30 performed, either openly or obliquely, address the issue of authoritarianism and repression.

If the commercial theatres were only interested in repeatedly performing financially secure conventional plays, then the independent theatres provided opportunities for artists to practice their skills by working on bold new plays from abroad.

One cannot help wondering whether the first audiences for this play would have identified the menacing figures who appear in it with particular political or public faces.

The focus of much of the neorealistic theatre of the early sixties was primarily on the frustrated expectations and indolence of the middle classes. Gambaro’s inception into the Argentinean theatre-world had begun.

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Other playwrights adopted and adapted important elements of the grotesco criollo. The failure of Argentina’s first experiment in democracy Yrigoyen – brought with it worsening social conditions, economic crisis, resistance from the workers and ultimately brutal repression.

It both illicits laughter and exposes hypocrisy.

Waiting for Godot the paradigmatic play of the Absurd, was produced in Argentina almost as soon as it came out in Europe On the one hand, it is kbras of the disturbing nature of her subject matter and her griswlda to implicate audiences in her critique. The military coup in put an end to the short period of democracy that had allowed the formation of such transgressive centres of learning as Di Telia.

This was the controversial performance of El desatino at the Instituto Torcuato di Telia. Beyond the Polemic — Politics and Theatre Creo que las obras de los dramaturgos argentinos estan muy vinculadas con lo social; parten, dirfa de hechos sociales, y no de angustias personales o metafisicas. When a playwright chooses to reveal obfas side of a character, devoid of social graces and polite gammbaro, that character appears painfully awkward and ridiculously incongruous with his surroundings.


The two main trends in modern Western theatre were thus given the opportunity to make an impact on the Argentinean stage and greatly influenced a new generation geiselda playwrights in the making.

Main page Picture gallery 1 Rating statistics If you like The incident is remembered as “el portenazo. The stylistic differences to be highlighted between each period will show Gambaro’s continued emphasis on experimentation, whereas her varied treatment of original themes will provide ample evidence for oobras an evolution of Gambaro’s concern with Argentina’s changing socio-political climate.

No crefamos en el Di Telia The grotesco criollo, tragedy masked in comedy, was found to be a safe and useful style for capturing the essence of contemporary reality. Picon Garfield, 60 It was not untilhowever, that she saw one of her plays performed. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. A few years later Lee Strasberg, of the Actors’ Studio, came to Argentina and reinforced the Stanislavski school of acting with lectures and workshops on “The Method.

His emphasis, therefore, was not on directing but on acting —the ability of a highly trained grisellda to exactly reproduce the emotions of and identify with the se being interpreted, not according to a given theatrical convention, but in accordance with the actor’s own affective reality.

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Yet not only do Gambaro’s characters choose to play certain roles in certain situations, but they are seen conforming to roles created for them by others —something that is shown to be a ee form of control.

Mirta Arlt has pointed to what she calls a “new didacticism” in these later plays Arlt, 58 and Gambaro herself has asserted teaatro in her more recent works post she is searching for “an answer in which I, the author, am implicated; I allow myself to reflect with my own voice among my characters.

Theatre still received the least censorship of all the forms of public representation because it was regarded as the least problematic as it possessed a relatively small field of reception compared to television, cinema or radio.

Those in control assure that nothing is wrong and, unwilling to think otherwise, their victims passively believe them, the result of which leaves them defenseless and becomes their downfall.

Her protagonists are unaware and unable to explain what is occurring around them. Gambaro also says of Artaud: This would eventually lead to the professionalisation of the independent theatres. Remembering the ‘s, Gambaro explains: El acusar recibo de tatro dosis de realidad y llevarla a la escena, vincula a ciertas vertientes de nuestro teatro con puntos de pallida que sirvieron para articular enfoques “realistas. The grotesco criollo, 9 therefore, attempts to reveal the urban plight of the immigrant classes along with the existential plight of the individual, marginalized by the society that had previously given purpose to his life.

She is, it would appear, a figment of Alfonso’s imagination, the distorted sexual fantasy of a lonely mind and an alternative reality he summons when he is unwilling to face the present one he is forced to suffer. Tschudi, 29 In Britain and North America illusionistic drama was on the rebound with the social realism and working class anti-heroes of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and 15 John Osborne. All characters appear deformed, often animal-like, their outward awkwardness a visual indication of either inner strife or social 10 affectation.


Justo, La Cortina, Espondeo, Tinglado Libre Teatro and 13 Intimo de la Peiia are some of the more famous independent theatres in Buenos Aires, not to mention others that sprang up in the suburbs and surrounding cities. All are techniques that assure that the action of the play resists any simple, transparent or logical explanation.

The teatro del grottesco, as defined by Pellettieri, is a play of tragicomic appeal, structured around a sentimental plot but with special interest focused on the problems of one principal character. Solo hay un poco featro polvo. Roberto Cossa simply explains that when “nos echaron a todos del teatro y de la literatura, nos juntamos todos. Traditional forms of theatre were also revived in an effort to circumvent the censors. Tschudi, 62 The reasons for this will be discussed at a later point in this chapter.

The result of this has been a grise,da in non-Argentinean critics to decontextualise her work and consider her plays as more general metaphysical treatises on human nature. In order to better understand Gambaro and her theatre, in chapter one we will situate her in a clearly Argentinean context. The structures of Gambaro’s plays will be seen to vary, although a general tendency can be noticed, from circularity in the early plays to open-endedness in her later dramatic work.

A medida que la situation de la Argentina se agravaba en el doble camino de la convulsion social y re represidn, sea con gobiernos militares de facto Onganfa, Levingston, Lanusse o civiles sin autoridad Campora, Peron, Maria Estela Martinez de Peronestrene mas espaciadamente: And above all else, theatre is made to 44 teach us this. His social programmes sought to elevate the status of the working classes and his propaganda aimed at stirring pride for the national persona.

The action took place in an open space, where characters from all walks of life were likely to cross paths —a patio, a park or a plaza. In Argentina it has become known as “reflexive realism. What is more, to adequately address national concerns it should be 21 theatre firmly rooted in Argentina’s unique theatrical traditions.