Teatro Niño Proletario has at its heart a research and artistically creative group made up of Luis Guenel, Sally Campusano, Francisco Medina and Catalina Devia, who at the end of 2005 decided to bring to life a project that would harbour their interests and aspirations.
The company’s name was taken from the story of the same name by the Argentinean writer Osvaldo Lamborghini (1940), who through a crude and synthetic story narrates the miserable life of a boy and his inability to break the cycle of poverty and discrimination.
This story therefore holds the essence of the issues and concerns that the company wanted to address. These issues have triggered research into social fractures that reveal marginalised identities, that when taken to the stage are transformed into enjoyment: allowing spectators the space to recognize and analyse them.
Dealing with issues such as territory, memory, gender, class, popular culture and identity, Teatro Niño Proletario has in its 13 years brought to the stage the plays “HAMBRE” (HUNGER), “TEMPORAL” (STORM), “EL OLIVO” (THE OLIVE TREE), “EL OTRO” (THE OTHER), “BARRIO MISERIA” (THE MISERY NEIGHBOURHOOD), “FULGOR” and “PA PÉ, no tenga miedo” (PA PÉ, DON’T BE AFRAID). Prominent national actors and dancers have participated in the group’s work collaborating in the creation of its own particular aesthetic language.
The plays have been performed in the most important Chilean theatre festivals the length of the county, from Calama to Punta Arenas. On the international stage they have been cultural ambassadors for Chile, performing in France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Bolivia, and Colombia.
Teatro Niño Proletario, not only puts on theatre plays but also develops socio-cultural projects that create links with the community. This area, led by sociologist Katharina Eitner, aims to build inclusive spaces where people can come together to learn, to contribute through culture to the improvement of people’s quality of life in determined geographic locations of Chile. Important projects of this type worthy of highlighting are: Collaborative Art Residencies, Mediation and Training Activities, and Local Cultural Management amongst others.