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Mariano Pensotti


Part of Out There 2015, Expanding the Frame

“A tour de force in which fiction and reality converge.” —British Theatre Guide

Four filmmakers in Buenos Aires each start a new project, not knowing that the creative process will change their lives forever. Mariano Pensotti‘s “filmic drama” is performed by a handful of actors seamlessly switching characters on an elaborate split-screen set that allows for fluid shifting between the characters’ lives and the films being shot. This critically acclaimed conceptual collision of art and life ingeniously adapts cinematic techniques for the stage—flashback, montage, cross-cuts, voice-over—to tell compelling stories of love, loss, joy, and despair. The Walker introduced virtuoso director Pensotti on his first US tour with El Pasado es un Animal Grotesco (The Past is a Grotesque Animal) as part of Out There 2012. In Spanish with English surtitles.

Meet the Artists

Postshow Reception

Thursday, January 22
Meet the artists after the show at a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.

Postshow Q & A

Friday, January 23
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists and performing arts curators.


Saturday, January 24
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. SpeakEasy conversations are hosted by a tour guide and members of the local performing arts community.

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This engagement of Mariano Pensotti is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and by the Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.