Los Pipis Teatro, a company made up of actors, directors and playwrights Federico Lehmann and Matthias Milanese, presents their new play “El Mechanism de Alaska” on Sunday at 18:00 at Timbre 4, which they describe as “a declaration of love for the theater and the act of creation’.
In dialogue with Télam, the duo spoke about this piece, in which they have an arsenal of resources to tell, from poetic tone and pop aesthetics, their own story, that of two young people who meet at the National University of the Arts, they fall in love in a passionate debate and adopt a cat they find in a theater.
“‘Mecanismo…’ finds us both on stage for the first time as performers and takes charge of this seminal love story that started the company”told the actors who are boyfriends in life.
“It was the excuse to look at various issues that challenge us at this moment: posterity, the disintegration of our family tree, the strange legacy that lies within it, the references and places of representation that make us up as children,” they said.. in a written interview in which they chose to answer, they merged into one.
Lehmann and Milanese stand out as artistic directors of the opening event of the Buenos Aires International Festival (FIBA) 2022, at the 2022 Biennale of Young Art and they were awarded the Stimulus Award for the Creation of the Theater Complex in Buenos Aires for this work.
The piece, which the duo has been working on for a long time and which premiered at the Boedo room located in Mexico 3554, confirms, as they explain, the journey they have made so far with other works such as “The only epic thing here we have stolen”, ” This Story Is Really Good’ and ‘Young Promises’, among others.
The offering, written by Lehmann and performed with Milanese, features the musician Stevie Marinaro and the actress Camila Marino Alfonsin (in different roles), who contribute their stamp to this journey that plays with the language of science fiction about the future and reviews the past in a peculiar “an anthology of queer performance and passion”.
“We think of a theater that stands for pleasure and work. Who does not act in an innate way that is encouraged to open up the various possibilities that collective work between different artists can foster”The peeps
In addition to their works, Los Pipis produce the festival of the spectacle Pipipaloozawhich brought together more than 300 artists in its editions, circulated through different spaces and became a meeting place for the Buenos Aires scene.
– How and when did Pipis Teatro come about? What does your name mean?
– Basically, the production company was born from finding a need for a theater that deals with questions and aesthetics related to the anxieties that intersect with us as a generation. The name acts as a kind of gentle way of calling each other and our friends as if it were a name. Before naming the company, we thought of thousands of names that could fit what we were looking for, but we always ended up with solemn or very forced names. So, as a gesture, we decided to name the company with an easy, memorable name that would be used by ourselves and that would make the search we were ready to undertake meaningless. Mathias often refers to this search as a place where fictions, theatricalities, aesthetics are generated that he would have liked to have shared as a child; in terms of different stories with an awareness of gender identity rather than heterosexuality as the only possibility present in cultural consumption. Pippi is looking for a gay, queer and youthful aesthetic.
– How would you describe the duo’s artistic proposal? Do you think that your works are the basis of reflection for the present and future theater? Why?
– This is a company created with the intention of expanding the spectrum of possibilities that the theater in Buenos Aires presented at the time we met. We think of a theater that justifies pleasure and work. Not to act in an innate way, to be encouraged to open up the various possibilities that collective work between different artists can foster. Although the aesthetics of Los Pipis finds a strong influence of the pop aesthetic and the cultural consumption of the generations born in the 90s, we offer a critical theater with ourselves and with our means of production. This includes the party, the musical, the recital as a way of inhabiting the stage. That it interacts with its viewers and the space it represents. We love the most classical and at the same time representational theater and find great pleasure in putting these forces on the stage, which a priori seemed distant, in tension. We think that the complexity of the plots, the structures of the texts, the positioning of the body and the extreme voice, on the one hand, generate a solid poetic universe that finds strength in the coexistence of these elements; but it always works as an excuse (or a trap) to get the theatrical event to appear in the first place; where the meeting space, the time shared between performers and spectators, is justified and becomes another element that acts in the dramaturgy and in the configuration of the work. For example, this year we held an artistic residency at El Cultural San Martín, where for the first time we directed a large cast of performers. In this process and in the performance in which he arrived, two elements were key to the work of the play: the fact that the performers did not know each other and that they belonged to different ways of thinking and making theatre; and that the proposal is in full dialogue with the history of the place where they lived.
“We offer critical theater with ourselves and our means of production. This includes the party, the musical, the recital as a way of inhabiting the stage”The peeps
– How are you doing as a couple in your personal and artistic life? What is it like to live and work together?
– Because before the founding of the company we spent a lot of time watching theater and sharing long discussions during the long walks back from the theater to the house, something that later became a form of work already existed before in the sharing of passion for homework.
– What will the audience discover in “Alaska Mechanism”?
– It is a work in which the body is arranged almost as in the exercise of sports and with extremely poetic texts, where the idea of leaving something to the world and posterity as different identities is clarified. The Alaska Mechanism is also a declaration of love for theater and the act of creation.