Curated by the research-creative group ARTEA, the Expanded Theatricalities Chair analyses the thought inhabiting stage and performance practices, encouraging the listening and dialogue that materialises between artistic practices and modes of social theatricality. The aim is to punctuate the political potency of theatre, choreography and action art, taking into consideration that which is inherent in all of them: the modes of collaborative production and the simultaneous presence of bodies, differentiated and individualised, turned into places that posit discourses, the manifestation of forms of dissidence and the emergence of desire as the driving force of life.
This second edition presents the artistic and political pathway taken by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, founded in Peru in 1971, and highlights some of the key moments in their long history to spark debates that remain present in Peruvian and Latin American cultural contexts, and in Spanish and European spheres. It gets under way with a performance action by Yuyachkani in the rooms of the Museo Reina Sofía Collection, framed inside the programme Free Unions, and continues with sessions focused on the archive of the group’s output across fifty years and on their work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1980 to 2000 in Peru. Equally, one of the sessions engages in dialogue with the programme of the Aníbal Quijano Chair in a week centred on decolonialism, hosting a conversation between Teresa Ralli, founder and member of Yuyachkani, and Rita Segato, an anthropologist, feminist and coordinator of the Chair. As usual, the Expanded Theatricalities Chair expands its engagement with the Museo by way of an encounter between guests and students from the MA in Performing Arts and Visual Culture.
Ruth Estévez is a curator and writer. She holds an MA in Art History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her curatorial approach draws influences from her interest in the historical relationship between theatre and the visual arts, and in 2010 she founded LIGA, Space for Architecture, a non-profit platform focused on experimentation with architecture, urbanism and public art. From 2007 to 2012, she organised a project devoted to unexplored political theatre works by León Ferrari, and she was also head curator of Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. She later went on to become director and curator of REDCAT/CalArts in Los Angeles and senior curator at The Rose Art Museum in Boston (2017–2020), as well as the organiser of Idiorhythmias, a performance, music, poetry and text programme in Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2018–2020). She is the director and head curator at Amant, in Brooklyn, New York, and was among the curators at the 34th Biennial of São Paolo in 2021.
Elisa Fuenzalida is a Peruvian researcher, writer and activist with an MA in Advanced Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Her career as a researcher focuses on developing critical methodologies applied to gender, race and territory, and she worked as a carer for children and the elderly in Spain during the COVID-19 health crisis. She collaborates in the Aníbal Quijano Chair, curated by Rita Segato, in the Museo Reina Sofía, and, in the Study Centre, she is currently conducting a research residency entitled Las flores huelen, los otros duelen (The Aroma of Flowers, the Pain of Others) with artist Javier Vargas.
Isabel de Naverán holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country and is an independent researcher. She is part of the research group ARTEA, with her studies exploring the crossroads between art, contemporary choreography and performance in curatorial, publishing and writing projects. In 2010, she founded, with Beatriz Cavia, Miren Jaio and Leire Vergara, the project Bulegoa z/b — Office for Art and Knowledge, with which she was affiliated until 2018. She is the author of the books Envoltura, historia y síncope (Caniche, 2021) and Ritual de duelo (Consonni, 2022).
She is currently a live arts adviser in the Museo Reina Sofía’s Public Activities Department and an associate researcher at the Azkuna Zentroa Society and Contemporary Culture Centre in Bilbao.
Teresa Ralli is a founder and member of Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, where she has co-directed La Primera Cena y Cambio de Hora (The First Supper and Clock Change), and works as an administrator and has overall responsibility for its archive and documentation. As an actress-artist, she participates in the conception and mise en scène of Yuyachkani’s collective shows and pedagogical events. She was honoured with the 2011 Lima Warmi Award from Lima City Hall in recognition of her cultural and teaching work, and for her contribution to the country’s standing and development, and, with Miguel Rubio, received the Senior Fellows distinction from the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University (NYU). She was the organiser of the Theatre-Women Encounters held in the Casa de Yuyachkani over a ten-year period. Moreover, she holds a baccalaureate in Communications and a degree in Performing Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where she has lectured since 1998, primarily exploring the body and the voice on her courses.
José Antonio Sánchez is a lecturer in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in Cuenca and founder of the research group ARTEA and the MA in Performing Arts and Visual Culture at UCLM and the Museo Reina Sofía. His publications most notably include Brecht y el expresionismo (UCLM, 1992), La escena moderna (Akal, 1999), Prácticas de lo real (Visor, 2007) and Cuerpos ajenos (La uÑa RoTa, 2017). He has coordinated different events around creation and thought, for instance Situaciones (1999-2002), Jerusalem Show (2011) and No hay más poesía que la acción (2013). Furthermore, he co-directed, with Juan Ernesto Díaz and Ruth Estévez, the stage version of Palabras ajenas (The Words of Others, 2017–2018), by Argentinian artist León Ferrari.
Rita Segato is a professor of Anthropology and Bioethics in the UNESCO Chair at the University of Brasilia. She was an expert witness on the trials of the Sepur Zarco case in Guatemala, where sexual violence was first tried and prosecuted, in the form of domestic and sexual slavery, as a war strategy used by the State. Her main fields of interest include new forms of violence against women and the contemporary consequences of the coloniality of power. Her most important works include: La Nación y sus Otros: raza, etnicidad y diversidad religiosa en tiempos de políticas de la identidad (Prometeo Libros, 2007) and La crítica de la colonialidad en ocho ensayos y una antropología por demanda (Prometeo Libros, 2015).
Jorge Tadeo Baldeón is an artist who lives between Berlin and Lima. He has been involved with Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani since the 1990s via pedagogical experiences with different communities and theatre productions in which he has participated through visual and performing arts. His practices are linked to different interdisciplinary platforms and art collectives that reflect critically on local and global environments from a non-hegemonic, anti-colonial and feminist perspective. Since 2007, he has been co-founder and co-director of the elgalpon.espacio association in Lima.
Laura Tejero Tabernero is a sociologist who holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madid. Her research field centres on victimisation policies in Peru after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is an expert in the executive management of not-for-profit organisations and has over ten years’ experience working in different organisations in the third sector. In 2013, she was awarded a Marie Curie research fellowship at the International Conflict Research Institute from Ulster University in Northern Ireland. She is the author of Nosotros, las víctimas. Violencia, justicia transicional y subjetividades políticas en el contexto peruano de recuperación posconflicto (Papeles del CEIC, International Journal on Collective Identity Research, 2014) and Del empoderamiento a la desilusión: los legados ambivalentes de la justicia transicional en el Perú (2015). She is currently associate professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the Complutense University of Madrid and is in charge of Interpretation and Gender at Amnesty International.