“Perfume de campiones”, a play that brings together the “titans” of the Venadense Theater
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For several decades, Venado Tuerto has managed to establish itself nationally as a “theatrical” town, attracting the attention of groups, directors and actors from across the country. The idea was nothing more than the result of intense work, dedication and an artistic generation of men and women who not only paved the way but also took the name of Venado Tuerto and put it on top.
Many of these theater militants are still promoting activity, representing or leading groups and venues that keep alive the flame that was lit so many years ago. And from time to time they give themselves the pleasure of stepping on stage again, getting back in the spirit of what they do daily in the face of adversity facing the arts.
And if we talk about enjoyment, we can mention”Perfume de Campeones”, a play written by the cultural manager Paul Citraro, which is in full preparation and which will be presented by one of these leaders of the theater world. would bring many to the stands, such as Oscar Baroto (Association Amigos del Ideal Theater); Horacio “Noti” Martínez (Galpon del Arte), Agustín Di Mella (Grupo La Ventana), Andrés “Colo” Pielli and Carlos “Tato” Zattara (Malandra Theatre); With the special participation of Verónica Pipello (Galpon del Arte) and the direction of Roberto “Nene” Corvatta.
“Art supports me, I do not support it”
According to what Citraro told in a conversation with El Litoral, the work was born in the cafe, “listening to the boys. I say ‘boys’ as I might say ‘bar’, expressing the language code of an era. Sharing coffee at a table where the youngest members have 79 lollipops is a school. Another frequency, more sober, kind to talk about politics, women, sports, nonsense. One day it occurred to me to ask, what is old age for you? There was a deafening silence. None of them had thought about it. I found that missing dimension wonderful when you run with the calendar at a time like this. Bingo! There was something more than silence in the silence.
“It took me a year to write the play,” he continued. Once the writing process was over, the prospect of calling on actors to represent people entering the third period of life began to take shape. adult population! Says one of the characters in the play. And half doubt, half desire, the name ended up being the historical of the Venadense Theatre.
When asked about his choice of artists, Paul Citraro replied: “They are men who are admired and loved more over time. Context. Fighters of an artistic trade. I confess that I Did a little intelligence work with mutual friends. I didn’t want to make a mistake in call strategy and didn’t get to answer. They made everything look easy. They were loving and attentive to the budding actor’s dramatic material, Even though it was my second play written. You could tell from the start that he was very excited to be working together for the first time. In the end he agreed to everything and we did it over a barbecue at La Casita del Teatro Ideal. Sealed together. There is a team. How not to pay tribute to them!
Among this group of men were called the director, Roberto “Nene” Corvatta, and actress Veronica Pipello “out of a connection with the character and an appreciation for their work”.
thinking about premiere
The work is currently in the process of reading. “We are following the instructions of the director, another attached ‘titan’. These first meetings allow us to establish the material, work on the vocals, the musicality of each of the characters, the definition of the profile of each, suggestions etc. In short, everything that means is in the way of building drama. We anticipate working with more intensity from now on to be able to open in the first fortnight of November.
Perfume de Campeones is the story of a man who passes his life with his insignia as he approaches old age. They were big, popular, titans of the ring who loosened the ropes. “Archo”, “Rojo”, “Mamet”, “Pipino” and “Mumia” are characters in this work, guided by the omniscient figure of “Nancy”, the establishment’s attractive nurse. Thus these five great men remain trapped in one era.
Therefore, friendship, love, betrayal, oblivion, and even a failed radio program are more than just an excuse to keep fighting. They protest, they don’t accept that they are a flesh and blood machine that has an expiration date. They prepare themselves with their physical limitations, in case fate calls them again. Perhaps this is the true stubbornness of the body. Groping their way through, they are united in the same desperation and the same frustrations, trying to survive.
Everything seemed to be written in that retirement house. Until one morning, at a change of care guard, “Nancy”, the new nurse, appears. She would become the central figure and act as manager, platonic girlfriend, confidant, mother, and “priestess”. And then, everything everyday seems to have another meaning for the Titans.
“Mumiya” is the alien, a man who arouses suspicion behind his mysterious interventions. “Pipino” is the joy that each clown reveals with a made-up face, as well as a good dancer and fellow charlatan. “Mamet” may be in the line of incomplete men who have not experienced rebirth. The human version of Fury in flip flops and sand between your fingers. “Kolo” is closeness, error, betrayal and vanity. A man who made the world a banner of his delusion. and “Archo”, a quiet character who wears the symbolic belt of an Argentine champion in his noble pursuits. “Archo” understood that the meaning of life includes a greater form called goodness.
“There’s an old saying that when characters sleep, words sleep too. We can’t be sure, but it seems that’s how old age works. And love?…” Love is in the air.