Lemi Ponifasio

Lemi Ponifasio

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'Amor a La Muerte (Love to Death)'

Friday, April 7 | 8:30PM
Saturday, April 8 | 8:30PM
Sunday, April 9 | 3PM

Amor a la muerte (Love to Death) is a traditional yet radical work conceived and directed by internationally renowned Samoan artist Lemi Ponifasio, a champion of both the avant-garde and Indigenous people. This new work brings together Mapuche artist, singer, and composer Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo and Chilean contemporary flamenco dancer Natalia Garcia-Huidobro. The work was sparked by events detonated after the Chilean police murdered Camilo Catrillanca, a Mapuche former student, activist, and farmer. Catrillanca worked on the movement of reclamation of Mapuche lands. Voices and bodies weave together in a ceremony revealing their own stories: two lives that reflect both Chile’s history and the search for its future. Touching on questions of identity, destiny, and nature, the work transcends conventional ideas of theater, dance, and activism.

Please note: Love to Death (Amor a la muerte) contains nudity and loud sounds.

Presented in Mapudungun and Spanish without surtitles.

"There is a keen theatrical intelligence at work here, with moving intimations of the solitude of human existence and moments of dream-like intensity."
Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian

Love to Death (Amor a la muerte) has been supported by Fundación Teatro a Mil, Grec, and La Dirección de Asuntos Culturales (DIRAC) del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile.