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Ana contra la muerte Gabriel Calderón
The odds of being dead are really high. However, the odds of not having been born are much higher by far. Every single person who is born and keeps living stands out not just as a natural miracle because of its complex biological mechanisms, but also as statistical miracle, for the chances of not being born or of dying quickly have always been against us.
That is the reason why we stand against death, it’s not so much out of fear or sadness, it is not because it seems antinatural. We refuse it because what is unnatural is us, because death is a rule that corrects the wonderful exception we have eventually turned into. Death brings us back into the statistics of minerals and star dust, a world where nothing can be found because there is nothing to be found. Ana contra la muerte (Ana Vs death) is the story of a woman who has understood, in a certain way, that one must stand against death as long as possible, and even longer.
Gabriel Calderón’s Ana contra la muerte tells about a mother and all the things she must go through in order to save her child’s life. The final purpose is to tell the most complex things in the simplest way, so that the essence and the power of our life experiences may allow us to perceive and think about all those things that turn unbearable when stared at directly, by means of editing and projecting them from a stage. A sad story but told with love, cherishing the audience to go through the difficulties arising from history in all its aspects, all of it empowered by three great Uruguayan actresses.
Authorship and direction
Gabriela Iribarren, Marisa Bentancur, María Mendive
Design, scenography and lighting
Lucía Tayler, Matías Vizcaíno, Miguel Robaina Mandl
Design of graphic identity
Matilde López Espasandín
The press says
"Como el autor nos tiene acostumbrados, 'Ana contra la muerte' nos enfrenta a una visión crítica de la realidad. Nos pone a pensar, reflexionar, discutir con nosotros mismos la visión que tenemos de la muerte y la vida; porque hay que decirlo: nos interpela."STÉFANI TEDROS. 25SIETE NOTICIAS
"Me resulta imposible imaginar a alguien salir ileso de esta obra devastadora e imprescindible (...). Ana es capaz de soportar todo, cualquier cosa, menos la muerte de su hijo"PAULA SCORZA. EL OBSERVADOR