Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Lola Arias’ Campo minado/ Minefield (2016): Exploring Dramatherapy in Documentary Theatre

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2020), 97, (10), 1031–1046.

Abstract

Campo minado/ Minefield (2016) by Lola Arias brings to the stage three British and three Argentine veterans from the Malvinas/ Falklands War (1982), performing as themselves. Their re-enactments of the war and their lives thereafter trigger questions about the affective experience of their bodies on stage. While documentary theatre theory foregrounds a material understanding of the performing body - a mediating technology for documentary authenticity - this article explores how dramatherapy theory might provide additional vocabulary to conceptualize the emotional dimension of the veterans’ performance. In doing so, this analysis puts forward an understanding of authenticity as dependent on affective transformations rather than material evidence.

Campo minado/ Minefield (2016) de Lola Arias trae al escenario tres veteranos británicos y tres argentinos de la guerra de Malvinas (1982), representándose a sí mismos. Sus representaciones de la guerra y sus vidas desde entonces despiertan preguntas sobre la experiencia afectiva de sus cuerpos sobre el escenario. Mientras que la teoría de teatro documental resalta un entendimiento material del cuerpo que actúa -una tecnología mediadora para lograr autenticidad documental-, el presente artículo explora cómo la teoría de dramaterapia puede ofrecer vocabulario adicional para conceptualizar la dimensión emocional de la actuación de los veteranos. De esta manera, este análisis propone un entendimiento de autenticidad que depende principalmente de transformaciones afectivas en lugar de evidencia material.

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El año en que nací. 2012. Written and directed by Lola Arias. Argentina, first performed at the Festival Santiago a Mil, organised by the Fundación Teatro a Mil, at Santiago de Chile, Chile, 2012. Google Scholar

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Grace, Sherrill, and Jerry Wasserman (eds), 2006. Theatre and Autobiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice (Vancouver: Talonbooks). Google Scholar

Herrscher, Roberto, 2007. Los viajes de Penélope (Barcelona: Tusquets). Google Scholar

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Jones, Phil (ed.), 2007. Drama as Therapy: Theory, Practice and Research, Vol. I (New York: Routledge). Google Scholar

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Martin, Carol, 2010. ‘Bodies of Evidence’, in Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage, ed. C. Martin (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 17-26. Google Scholar

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Film and video

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The Falklands War: The Untold Story. 1987, dir. Peter Kosminsky (Yorkshire Television). Google Scholar

Fuckland. 2000, dir. José Luis Márques (Atomic Films, Cinecolor and Videocolor). Google Scholar

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Los chicos de la guerra. 1984, dir. Bebe Kamin (K Films, INCAA). Google Scholar

Los rubios. 2003, dir. Albertina Carri (Barry Ellsworth and Albertina Carri). Google Scholar

Malvinas, viajes del Bicentenario. 2010, dir. Julio Cardoso (INCAA and Comisión de Familiares de Caídos en Malvinas e Islas del Atlántico Sur). Google Scholar

Teatro de guerra. 2018, dir. Lola Arias (Gema Films). Google Scholar

Veteranos. 2014, dir. Lola Arias. Video installation (Sofía Medici and Luz Algranti). Google Scholar

Desobediencia debida. 2010, dir. Victoria Reale (INCAA, Centro Cultural Recoleta and Victoria Reale Producciones). Google Scholar

The Falklands War: The Untold Story. 1987, dir. Peter Kosminsky (Yorkshire Television). Google Scholar

Fuckland. 2000, dir. José Luis Márques (Atomic Films, Cinecolor and Videocolor). Google Scholar

Iluminados por el fuego. 2005, dir. Tristán Bauer (INCAA, UNSAM, Gobierno de la Provincia de San Luis, Gobierno de la Provincia de Santa Cruz, Canal+ España, San Luis Cine). Google Scholar

Locos de la bandera, 2004, dir. Julio Cardoso (INCAA and Comisión de Familiares de Caídos en Malvinas e Islas del Atlántico Sur). Google Scholar

Los chicos de la guerra. 1984, dir. Bebe Kamin (K Films, INCAA). Google Scholar

Los rubios. 2003, dir. Albertina Carri (Barry Ellsworth and Albertina Carri). Google Scholar

Malvinas, viajes del Bicentenario. 2010, dir. Julio Cardoso (INCAA and Comisión de Familiares de Caídos en Malvinas e Islas del Atlántico Sur). Google Scholar

Teatro de guerra. 2018, dir. Lola Arias (Gema Films). Google Scholar

Veteranos. 2014, dir. Lola Arias. Video installation (Sofía Medici and Luz Algranti). Google Scholar

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TEICHERT, ERIKA