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historia de amor

After their production of Historia de Amor during our 15/16 Season, we are thrilled to welcome back TEATROCINEMA to ArtsEmerson with Plata Quemada (MAR 11-15). This graphic novel come to life is a thrilling ride through one of Argentina’s most famous stories and we are curious about your experience! Were you familiar with the story of Plata Quemada before seeing the show?What socio-political dynamics might have motivated the characters’ choices?Were you impacted by the style…

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While preparing for Historia de Amor’s brief, Boston visit (starting this Thursday, closing APR 24) the LA Times raved about the show’s west coast run, describing it as “If Alfred Hitchcock turned a graphic novel into live theater.” This sent me running back to my Hitchcock DVDs, which, admittedly, I had not focused on since my initial obsession while I was studying film production in college. I was struck by how painterly of a director he…

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FROM THE ARTIST  Historia de Amor (Love Story) was inspired by Régis Jauffret’s eponymous novel which captivated us for a variety of reasons. First, the characters. They are urban creatures yet their particular psychopathologies are the fruit of an obscure, deep, and contemporary loneliness that ties them to a sick and uncontrollable fate. And then of course, there is the narrative. The story follows the mind and actions of a psychopath which forced us to…

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In her 1989 book Aids and Its Metaphors, Susan Sontag set about trying to discuss the AIDS pandemic in intellectualized terms, focusing on the mythologizing frames that created distance for the unafflicted, blamed its victims, and inflamed the dialogue surrounding it. She got clobbered by AIDS activists and many of her colleagues for taking something so voracious, so visceral, so immediate and putting it under a literary microscope. AIDS was no metaphor.     I…

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Historia de Amor translates to “Love Story.” Yet, there’s nothing sentimental or romantic about this production that comes from Santiago, Chile. Rather, it’s a dark story of obsession and delusion, created by a group of artists who deeply challenge our understanding of the word love and the relationships of power intertwined inside of love’s definition.     We’ve had extensive internal dialogue at ArtsEmerson about why we think it is important to bring this complicated…

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