Manuela Infante

Cómo Convertirse en Piedra / How to Turn to Stone

Part of “‘Together We Burn the Fear!’ Alliances against capitalist-patriarchal violence”


German subtitles /  Spanish / 

Three people stand next to each other and they each hold a life-size rag doll next to them that looks very much like each person, but without a face.
One person is holding so many different coloured round cushions that look a bit like rocks in their arms that their face completely disappears behind them. The person is wearing an overall.

A stone is not born. It does not grow. It does not die. What would it look like to have a piece that behaves like a stone? In “How To Turn To Stone”, Manuela Infante continues her test series on non-anthropocentric, non-humanistic theatre in an attempt to counter the idea of the human as the measure of all things. In her view, the “concept of the human” merely serves to maintain hierarchies and justify exclusions – even, or especially, with regard to humans: exploitation and oppression are apparently inscribed into our humanity. Rocks, as non-living things, may function as models for a different kind of resistance. They may shed critical light on concepts central to our political and economic present, such as growth, progress, development, etc. “How To Turn To Stone” is a mineral play with eroded narratives that solidify like layers of stone and cast a critical eye on humanity from within accumulated soundscapes.

Manuela Infante is a playwright and screenplay writer, director and musician. Her speciality is the staging of theoretical questions. In 2019 she became the first Chilean theatre practitioner to be invited to the Venice Biennale, where she performed her plays “Estado Vegetal” and “Realismo”.


Director and Playwright: Manuela Infante / Cast: Marcela Salinas, Aliocha de la Sotta, Rodrigo Pérez / Design: Rocío Hernández / Technical Manager and Visuals: Pablo Mois / Production: Carmina Infante / Sound Design: Manuela Infante / Visuals Design and Light Sound Programming: Alex Waghorn / Choreography: Diana Carvajal / Music Collaborations: Valentina Villarroel und Marcos Meza / With music by: Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros, Kali Malone, Senyawa und Beverly Glenn-Copeland / Sound Technician: Diego Betancourt / Sound Technical Design: Gonzalo Rodríguez / Research and Dramaturg: Camila Valladares / Set: Amorescénico / Props: Gabriel Seisdedos –Taller Madrid / Wardrobe: Daniela Espinoza


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    Wed 1.12.2021, 20:00 / HAU3
    Thu 2.12.2021, 20:00 / HAU3

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Partly developed in artistic residencies at Kyoto Experiment Festival, Kyoto Arts Center, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso and NAVE, Centro de Creación y Residencia. Co-production: Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Fundación Teatro a Mil, NAVE, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso. Partly funded by: Chilean Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. Supported by DIRAC - Dirección de Asuntos Culturales del Ministeriode Relaciones Exteriores Chile.


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