British Council presented three important British theatre companies to participate in FAE Lima 2018 – Lima’s International Performing Arts Festival, being the United Kingdom this year’s guest country.

These companies demonstrate the diversity of themes and mise-en-scene of contemporary UK theatre.

British Council Peru and FAE Lima’s Artistic Director collaborated in the curatorial process and selection of these three companies during the Edinburgh Showcase 2017, biennial organized by British Council within the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the greatest performing arts festival in the world. In 2017 throughout three weeks, the capital of Scotland welcomed 53,232 performances, 3,398 shows in 300 venues.

The British Council’s biennial Edinburgh Showcase is the single biggest opportunity for UK theatre companies to introduce their work to international promoters. The programme comprises new work that represents the very best of contemporary theatre and dance, reflecting the breadth and diversity of British performing arts.

As FAE Lima 2018 guest of honour British Council aims to:

  • Share the historical relevance of British theatre and its transcendence into the contemporary vanguard.
  • Create opportunities to connect members of the local performing arts community and audience with shows performed at the Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Showcase 2017.
  • Show to the local audience and the artistic community the human commonalities confronting the world today, through interdisciplinary, experimental and scientific research approaches.
  • Support parallel events geared to the members of the local theatre community, to therefore, help in expanding their knowledge on the techniques used by the companies and presented in performances from the UK.

About the plays and theatre companies:

"Nassim" by Nassim Soleimanpour – Bush Theatre

About the play 'Nassim':

An audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box. Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us.

About the playwright Nassim Soleimanpour:

Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian independent playwright and performer.

NASSIM follows Soleimanpour’s globally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which has been translated into over 25 different languages and performed over 1,000 times by names including Stephen Fry, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg.

WINNER of the Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Performances:

NASSIM (play):

Saturday March 10 and 11, 8:00 pm, Teatro Británico

Creative Theatre Workshop by Nassim Soleimanpour:

Saturday March 10, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Ministerio de Cultura

"Slap Talk" by Action Hero

About the play 'Slap Talk':

The first durational performance by Action Hero. For 6 continuous hours, Action Hero read from autocues whilst the audience watch both the live performance and a feed from a camera to a monitor. Slap Talk is a dialogic, discursive arena in which the gestures, codes, images and rhetoric of popular culture (and by extension everyday life itself) are playfully re-rendered, radically reversed and relentlessly repeated until the foundations of violence inherent in the languages and texts of contemporary culture are thoroughly exhausted.

About the play 'Action Hero':

Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse have collaborated together since 2005 practicing interdisciplinary performance. They have created performances spanning theatre, live art, installation, multi media and site-specific practice, which have toured to 25 countries across 5 continents. Their ongoing interests lie in the iconography of popular culture and its use; both as a weapon and as a shared cultural memory. Action Hero’s long form collaborative partnership has taken them to some of the world’s most prestigious and legendary performance contexts, including PS122 in New York, Theatre De La Ville in Paris, Shanghai Grand Theatre and the 21st Century Museum in Japan. They have two books published by Oberon Action Plans and Wrecking Ball. Their most recent performances include Extraordinary Rendition and From Ashes.

Performances

SLAP TALK (play):

Friday March 2 , 3:00 pm, Centro Cultural Cine Olaya

Action Hero Conference:

Performance Creation by Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse

Saturday March 3, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Ministerio de Cultura

"The Nature of Forgetting" by Theatre RE

About the play 'The Nature of Forgetting':

Tom lives with early stage dementia. On his 55th birthday, his daughter Sophie helps him dress for the celebration. What follows is the life-affirming journey into a weakening mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated.

For the development of this play Theatre RE collaborated with Kate Jeffery, professor of Neuroscience at the University of Central London. Research in memory and amnesia served as the foundation for creative exploration. The Company also interviewed people living with dementia to therefore create links between science and the human experience.

The Nature of Forgetting is not a play about dementia, its is about the fragility of life and that eternal “something” that remains when memory is gone.

About the theatre company 'Theatre RE':

Established in 2009, Theatre Re is a London-based international ensemble creating thought-provoking and moving work.

Its shows examine fragile human conditions in a compelling, physical style embracing mime, theatre and live music, and are often described as magical, poetic and tender as well as disturbing and haunting.

The name of the company comes from the prefix ‘re’. It is the ‘re’ of re-discovering and re-imagining, breathing new life into what already exists.

Intimate collaborations with experts in different fields – such as science and public health - and various community groups throughout the devising process play a crucial part in the development of the work.

Our productions have toured widely in the UK but also in France, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and the USA.

Performances

THE NATURE OF FORGETTING (play):

Thursday March 1 and Friday March 2, 8:30 pm, Centro Cultural Universidad del Pacifico

Theatre RE Workshops:

  • 'Directing' by Guillaume Pigé

Thursday March 1, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Ministerio de Cultura

  • 'Musical Composition' by Alex Judd

Friday March 2,10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Ministerio de Cultura

Additional Performances Coproduced by British Council Peru

1. IMAGINA SHAKESPEARE (2016)

Perú – Reino Unido

For Shakespeare Lives, British Council’s global campaign to celebrate the 400 anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we commissioned Imagina Shakespeare, coproduced by the Ministry of Culture and part of Gran Teatro Nacional’s Audience Development Programme. Imagina Shakespeare is an adventure that allows adolescents to travel along  William Shakespeare’s imagination and discover the diversity of his work.

Written by: Mateo Chiarella

Directed by: Alberto Isola

Sunday March 4, 11:30 am, Gran Teatro Nacional

2. BARRO (2017)

Peru – Reino Unido

Barro is a play coproduced by the Ministry of Culture Peru and British Council for Gran Teatro Nacional’s Audience Development Programme. Written by British playwright and novelist Nell Leyshon and geared to the local adolescent audience, Barro tells the story of two competing dance groups. Both attend the same school and confront each other using their dance styles and the way they perceive their environments. In this context, a new classmate arrives. This character is covered in mud and its origin is unknown, only wishing to attend school and be typical adolescent. Through this character key themes in Peruvian adolescent society are explored such as bullying, diversity and respecting differences.

Written by: Nell Leyshon (UK)

Directed by: Vanessa Vizcarra

Cast: Verony Centeno, Giordani Guerra, Daniela Mayurí, Alicia Mercado, Nicolás Vilallonga. 

Saturday March 3 and Saturday March, 11:30 am, Gran Teatro Nacional