Filipo is a satirized mirror of social cruelty. It is a stark denunciation of the media and individual morbidity that turns the tragedy of others into a mere show, a banal show. A reality show where everyone has fun with each other’s pain. Show where the public is the protagonist and where the tragedy of Filipo is the permanent failure in the search even for death. Filipo raises the infinite complexity of the links between parents and children and between desire and death.
ABOUT THE PLAY
The character of Filipo connects with and feeds on great characters who have been the objects of a dark power that comes from their bowels and toxically expands towards everything around them, such as Oedipus the King, Hamlet, Woyzeck or Roberto Zucco.
Being Filipo a man of this 21st century, one of the great alienators of the masses is present: television. Filipo has choreographies in the purest MTV style, interviews with certain reminiscences of the morbidity of «pink» television programs and teleshopping advertisements, among others. This television concept creates a “flash” sensation in the scenes. As if between blinking and blinking the whole plot happened.
Suicide is a vital issue. It is in the field of life and not of death. In his constant suicide attempts, Filipo tries to find his role in society. Filipo is a journey into oneself in search of an individual identity that seems difficult to find today.
Performer: In Argentine Paula Flaks, Federico Tarantola, Bruno Giraldi, Raul Jiménez, Lola Vera, Amanda Berrueco, Micaela Shinka and Agustina Cáceres.
In Spain Lola Solís, Cristian Ávila, Iván Mayo, Natán Segado, Cristina García, María Cazenave, Guillermina Torresi and Gonzalo Márquez.
Author, Choreography and Direction: Carlota Berzal
Production: La Turba Company
Noches de Teatro Festival Cádiz 2014 Spain
Desencaja Competition Finalist 2015 Spain
Part of catalogue ¡Madrid Activa! 2016
Independent Theater Meeting La Plata 2017 Argentine
Season in El Tinglado Theater Buenos Aires 2017 Argentine
Radar de los Trabajadores Festival Buenos Aires 2018 Argentine
« Filipo, more than a play, is a set of universes framed within the universe of the plot it represents. Structured as a Reality Show, surreal and at times grotesque, the life of Filipo is exposed, a poor being condemned for a miserable existence, always under the shadow and guardianship of an omnipresent and suffocating mother. As if by magic, the tortuous relationship, at first sight impossible to recompose and thanks to a delicious narrative composition, is transformed into a song to that unique and unrepeatable union that every being that will pass through this earth will have, with an outcome that more than of one will surprise you with a lump in the throat and a tear that peeks out. In order to also be an attractive and entertaining work for the public, moments of humor are not exempt, with songs and different gags that complement Filipo as a structural whole, in form and content, verbally and scenically. With superb performances they make Filipo a work that is more than recommendable, it is a gift to the spirit of the spectator.»
Carlos Otero – ArgenPress
«Unquestionably, it’s a cleverly different script; it is presented in an unusual way, from a sarcastic-analytical point of view. From the beginning, it seems that we are in a circus; although, thinking about it we are, we are immersed in the track of life with someone who dominates, another who complies, and many who stigmatize; people who sing and dance, and others who qualify. Are they all puppets? Are we all managed? It must be seen by all those viewers who want to break with stereotypes, being willing to demystify the myths in a theatrical event that brings them to them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! »
Estela Gómez – Cultura del Ser
«With a few deliberately selected biographical lines, it is possible to understand the totality of a life. Neither unique in the face of the universe, nor disgustingly taken as «normal» or «everyday»: Filipo’s life is just one example of what often happens in these times. It does not constitute a generality, nor is it a problem destined to be minimized. Thus, the hopeful message comes from the development of Filipo’s own action. He, provided with certain apprehended tools, is capable of untying the knot that imprisons him.»
Jesica Guarrina- Spectavi