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Malicho Vaca Valenzuela

A Cartography of Emotions

With one click of the cursor pointing to his house on a map of Santiago, Malicho Vaca Valenzuela delves into the bowels of the Internet. From the alleyway where his family home has been nestled for the past four generations to various landmarks and unusual spots in the city, he travels back in time to long gone eras, repressed revolutions, and mysterious love stories. Interweaving personal and collective memory to form an immersive experience that is part fairy tale, part documentary, he makes a gentle and healing use of digital technologies.

A multidisciplinary artist from the rising Chilean generation, Vaca Valenzuela succeeds in creating an accessible and transformative art practically from scratch. Savoring the simple poetry of daily life, he incorporates his grandparents’ poignant presence into Reminiscencia. Broadcast live online and presented on stage by the narrator himself, the work brings us together beyond screens and enriches the performing arts with a compelling theatrical narrative.

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About the artist

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Malicho Vaca Valenzuela (Santiago de Chile) Le Insolente Teatre

Memory, body, land, and dissidence are at the heart of Malicho Vaca Valenzuela’s work. His grandparents who, in Reminiscencia, can be seen using music to trump Alzheimer’s disease, are the ones who first nicknamed him Malicho.

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Media Coverage

« Une proposition puissante »

Alejandro Cruz, La Nación (Argentina), 2022-03-02

« Excellente adéquation entre le face-à-face et le numérique »

Marcio Tito, Deus Ateu (Chile), 2022-09-27

« Une biographie propre et collective qui permet une rencontre entre les souvenirs et les lettres cachées dans une ville qui crie pour raconter son histoire. »

Valentina Gilabert, Culturizarte (Chile), 2020-10-30


“I created Reminiscencia following my belief that spoken words were the only way to breathe life into a virtual realm. To be reminiscent of theatre, the work had to pour out of me without the help of any prior writing.”

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