Estado Vegetal (N.Y. Premiere)
Estado Vegetal (Vegetative State) is an exuberant and polyphonic monologue by Chilean theater artist Manuela Infante. Inspired by the revolutionary thinking of philosopher Michael Marder and neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso, the work probes the concepts of plant intelligence and communication, examining the impossibility of dialogue between humans and plants.
Estado Vegetal was developed, in part, during a BAC Artist Residency. Leadership support for international residencies at BAC is provided by the Ford Foundation.
This engagement of Manuela Infante is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Manuela Infante is a Chilean theater playwright, director, scriptwriter, and musician. She is well known for offering scenic articulations of complex theoretical issues. With her group Teatro de Chile (2002-2016) she wrote and directed work with the permanent support of the Chilean Funds for the Arts.
Four of her plays have been published and translated into English and Italian. Her work has toured the U.S, Argentina, Brazil, Perú, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Korea, and Japan. She has produced work with Hebbel am Uffer (Berlin), Festival de Modena (Italy), The Watermill Center (New York), FIBA (Buenos Aires), and FITAM (Santiago). In 2015 she was the first woman to be appointed director of The National Festival for Dramaturgy (Muestra Nacional) in Chile. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Analysis from University of Amsterdam.
Fundación Teatro A Mil, Isabel Ortiz, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso