Maria Fernanda VIDELA URRA
Villa, Installation piece, was created originally to be placed in the lobby of the Venue we were presenting the Play Villa from Guillermo Calderon, in New York in 2017. The idea for Guillermo and I, was to give the audience some context about the chilean history before they experience the play, specifically about the places that used to be a torture center over dictatorship in Chile and now are something else. The installation became something by itself and I’m happy to share the experience with you.
María Videla is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes theater scenography, directing and art installation. Her work reflects on the reciprocity between the play, the space, and the audience as the essential trinity of theater. Her impulse as a creator, is to design experiences that can’t avoid political reflection, understanding that we live in a social context and we are political in every decision we make.
María studied acting at PUC Theater School in Chile and obtained an MFA in Scenic Design at CalArts. She founded “La Doña” theater company in Chile, where she worked as an actress, director and designer on selections including: “Der Herr in den Nebeln”(2009), “El bar de Nelly” (2010), “Apocalisis When?”(2012) and “Antares después de la luz”(2014). As a Scenographer, she worked with several emerging Chilean companies: La Letra Rota, Tres son Multitud, and the National Theater production “Aquí no se ha enterrado nada”(2013). Her design work for “Villa + Discurso”(2011) from the chilean director and dramaturg Guillermo Calderón, toured internationally. In 2016 she founded the art collective Goodwill to create performances based on a community donation, since then they presented their first performance in “The night market” in L.A, and the residency of collaborative art in Pichidangui, Chile. In 2017 she designed (scenographer) the New York production of Guillermo Calderón’s “Villa”. Currently, María is developing a piece called “The table game” a teleperformance of imaginary social change and revolution, to be played/performed simultaneously from two different communities in the world.
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