Anthropophagic Trilogy
Tamara Cubas

The Trilogía Antropofágica (Anthropophagic Trilogy) project, by the Uruguayan creator Tamara Cubas, does not seek to devour the antagonist nor the colonizer, rather to create a political act of relationship with the figure of the “other”.



Anthropophagy goes back to the times of the colonization of America, according to the researcher, creator and dancer Lucía Naser. “It was a ritual practiced by the Tupi people of Brazil, who ate the enemies they captured”. They opened their mouths to eat the other person, to let them in and to let them know that from that digestion an unpredictable being and an encounter would be born. To eat another person to be modified, to let them in to be transformed in an organic way. Anthropophagy consists of a culture centred around the concept of assimilation, and in personal, corporeal, erotic communication” she explains.

The Trilogía Antropofágica (Anthropophagic Trilogy) project, by the Uruguayan creator Tamara Cubas, does not seek to devour the antagonist nor the colonizer, rather to create a political act of relationship with the figure of the “other”. Cubas digests three current Brazilian stage works to create the 3 pieces that form this trilogy. From the play Vestigios by Marta Soares she creates Acto I / Permanecer (Act I / Remain); from Matadouro, a play by Marcelo Evelin she creates Acto II / Resistir (Act II / Resist), and from Pororoca, by the Brazilian author Lia Rodriguez, she creates Acto III / Avasallar (Act III / Dominate).

A graduate in Plastic and Visual Arts (Uruguay), and with a Master's degree in Art and Technology in EMMA (The Netherlands), Tamara Cubas has danced with Brazilian choreographer Marcelo Evelin Luciana Achugar and made audiovisual works for Contradanza (Uruguay), Demolition Inc. and The Meekers (The Netherlands), among others. She is the artistic co-director of the Perro Rabioso collective, from whence she carries out cultural projects related to artistic dissemination, formation, and production. She is also the director of Campo Abierto, a Centre for the Promotion of Creative Thinking located in Rivera (Uruguay) where she puts on an extensive programme of local and international cultural activities. The impact of the Uruguayan dictatorship (1973-1985) in her biography and in the memory of her family, exiled in Cuba, forms the basis of many of her works. This recognition of memory (and eulogy to life), together with the dramatic strength of her compositions and their extremely physical nature, are the hallmark of her language. However, in the Trilogía Antropofágica, the question of memory has to do with a more ancestral dimension, associated with European colonization.

Tamara Cubas premières this Trilogía Antropofágica in Spain, in collaboration with the Veranos de la Villa Festival.

14 and 15 July
Nave 10

“We stand on unstable ground that only succeeds in renewing our vibrant spirit”, says Tamara Cubas. Remain allows the audience to interact with the piece from a micro-political vision. It enables the construction of a collective identity in conflict with contemporary social and political events. The spectators are invited to become matter on a platform covered by coal, in constant motion. They are invited to remain standing, during an exposure time marked by the arrival of someone “else”, who will relieve them with their singular condition of permanence. There will be no pact, no agreement, just an event. The juxtaposition of these singularities will create the identity of a new collective. “Will there ever be a stronger metaphor than these scenes that speak of hard and dirty work, and the geopolitical instability of the countries of South America?”, asks Antonio Pintos Riveiro. “Every member of the audience who walks up to the coal mountain is saying they have not given up. They demand an intervention, a role in the story, and that is why they resist while the earth trembles”.

Creation: Santiago Turenne, Leticia Skrycky and Tamara Cubas
Lighting: Leticia Skrycky
Sound design and mechanical systems: Leonardo Secco and Leticia Skrycky
In collaboration with: Francisco Lapetina - Martin Craciun - Ignacio García
Production: Perro Rabioso
Digested work: Vestigios by Marta Soares
Duration: 5 hours


17 and 18 July

Nave 11

“The play Resist is a ritual in search of savagery or animalism” A practice of resistance to the encapsulation and commercialization of desire, the capitalization of the body, the institutionalization of relations and the hierarchical organization of form”, explains Cubas.

The performers, through the group collaboration they undertake and on the unstable ground they stand on, make visible the process of conversion to a way of life without any kind of sovereignty. With a sustained atavistic and mantric rhythm, the audience is impregnated with the vibrant impacts that the group transmits, and is infected by the need to keep up the resistance. “Resistance as a power and an expansion of the realm of what is possible. Resistance as a vector of transforming force. Resistance as adaptation and self-organization".

Direction: Tamara Cubas
Sound and light design: Leticia Skrycky
Performers: Santiago Turenne, Alina Ruiz Folini, Mariana Marchesano, Tamara Gómez and Bruno Brandolino
Production: Perro Rabioso
Digested work: Matadouro by Marcelo Evelin
Duration: 60 min


20 and 21 July

Nave 11

“The state of emergency and resistance persists in the ontology of the collective being. Social, political and cultural beings will still pitch their strength against a positivist idea of progress. The walls that only a few proclaim will not be the veils that hide the forces of their deserved collapse. A state of alert will no longer be valid; a counter hegemony will no longer be valid. There will be no centres, nor peripheries; no one will be alienated, nor un-alienated, there will be no worldviews that guide slogans in our days. Agreement will no longer be necessary. Just domination”, Tamara Cubas.

Direction: Tamara Cubas
On stage: Santiago Turenne, Alina Folini, Mariana Marchesano, Tamara Gómez, Bruno Brandolino, Rodolfo Opazo, Vera Garat, Beatriz Dias, Francisco Rolo, Daniel Pizamiglio y Volmir Cordeiro
Space design, costumes and lighting: Leticia Skricky
Technical and production assistance: Erika del Pino
Production: Perro Rabioso
Coproduction: Teatro Municipal São Luis, Lisboa en el marco de Lisboa, Capital Cultural 2017 / Julidans Festival, Amsterdam / Campo Abierto
Digested work: Pororoca by Lia Rodrigues
Duration: 90 min


14, 15, 17, 18, 20 and 21 july

8.30pm (except for Act 1/Remain, from 7:30pm to 12:30am)

Nave 10. Sala Max Aub
Nave 11. Sala Fernando Arrabal

15 euros (except for Act 1/Remain with free entrance)