Theater, dance, performing arts. Each represents the steady thriving culture of Buenos Aires, a city that is often considered the cultural capitalof Latin America. Bring together hundreds of innovators from around the world and the culture blossoms into a lively festival.
This October 5-19, get ready to witness the 9th International Festival of Buenos Aires. Transforming into a large performing arts stage, the city is proud to host a diverse venue of events from both the national and international arenas to present the best of classic and avant garde performances.
Serving as an exhibition space for contemporary performing arts, the festival allows space for local artists to reflect on their work and to be inspired and also entertains spectators with high quality productions from around the world. Organized by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, the festival displays the latest global trends in theater, dance, visual arts and music.
The International Festival of Buenos Aires started in 1997 when a group of Argentine visionaries were determined to share the quality of contemporary performing arts in Buenos Aires with similar groups from around the world. Taking place every two years, it is now the largest and one of the most prestigious festivals of Latin America, often selling out most performances. It is a popular destination for companies, producers and festival directors from around the world and demands that the city of Buenos Aires stay on its toes every two years to ensure distinct activities and the highest quality performances.
Although most visitors attend the event for the performances, the International Festival of Buenos Aires includes more. There are workshops, discussions, classes, special events and book presentations that allow for a casual interaction between artists, producers and the public.
Productions are showcased from countries that often cannot reach Argentine stages. The International Festival of Buenos Aires has hosted performances from Italy, Brazil, Holland, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and a number of other countries in the past.
National shows will include 35 stage productions, 16 of which have been staged previously and 19 others that have been invited to participate. The previously staged productions include La mujer puerca, directed by Lisandro Rodríguez; Qué me has hecho vida mía,, directed by Diego Lerman; ¡Llegó la música!, directed by Alberto Ajaka; Babooshka! Canciones de mujer, directed by Carlos Casella; Orsini Marionetas, directed by Rubén Orsini; Cachafaz, directed by Tatiana Santana; Un Vania, directed by Marcelo Savignone; La lengua, directed by Leticia Mazur; A mamá, directed by Guillermo Cacace; Borges, directed by Juan Carlos Fontana; 4.48 Psicosis, directed by Luciano Cáceres; Greek, directed by Analía Fedra García; Viejo, sólo y puto, directed by Sergio Boris; Delirio Gaucho, directed by Fabián Luca; Sudado, directed by Jorge Eiro; and, La idea fija, directed by Pablo Rotemberg.
New performances include La canción de la tierra; Cineastas; and, Querido Ibsen: soy Nora presented by the Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires; Atentados contra su vida; Melancolía y manifestaciones; Las Multitudes; Distancia; Emilia; and, Fauna presented by El Cultural San Martín; Sonata de otoño and Traición presented by a cooperation between the International Festival of Buenos Aires and the Festival Internacional de Teatro Santiago a Mil from Chile; Rey Lear presented by the Un director Un autor project; Un día en el verano presented by the Embassy of Norway; Apátrida; SPAM; and, Todo, a series dedicated to author, director and actor Rafael Spregelburd; and Absentha; Hernanito; and, Rodando, a series dedicated to playwright Alejandro Acobino.
Most theater performances are in Spanish; however, several shows are non language specific, including dance, music and visual art displays. Local performances are offered free of charge.
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