Metamorphoses

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13/11/2020 - 06/05/2021

Metamorphoses

The starting point for Manuela Infante’s newest piece is a question: how is the concept of “human” being produced in these stories? Why is nature a separate territory, and why are  women so easily expulsed into that fabricated otherness or wilderness? By inventing an Otherness and attaching women to it, ‘human’ is being delimited as a privileged place for men. No wonder then that alt-right groups today venerate these classics as models of behaviour for twenty-first century modern man …
Infante seeks out how the border dividing human from non-human is fabricated in the text, and then infringes it. For don’t those same distinctions form the basis of people’s – white men’s – arguments to allow for categorising and thus colonising to exploit or appropriate? What difference whether it’s about colonizing women or people of colour, animals or nature? By vampirizing, sucking out the blood, of these outdated fabricated categories, Infante opens nowadays ways to deal with ancient literature. 
The new piece could be best described as a ‘noise play’ in which all voices are processed live. In the enchanted soundscape thus created, voice is not an expression of human agency but rather a more-than-human thing. A voice is a thing borrowed from the wind, that entangles humans and non-humans in endless ventriloquisms, refrains and echoes, without ever belonging to either.  
Manuela Infante is an internationally-renowned Chilean theatre maker, familiar to KVS audiences through her previous piece Estado Vegetal. She has been preoccupied with the non-human for some time. She also shares a fascination of Ovid with Michael de Cock (Artistic Director at KVS), who has himself made several adaptations of the classic stories.

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