London International Festival (LIFT) and 14-18 NOW presented the UK premiere of a new show from Argentinean artist Lola Arias, whose exceptional work uses the stories of real people.
For The year I was born, eleven performers born in Pinochet’s Chile in the 1970s and early 1980s told the stories of their parents living in the grip of dictatorship. Like stunt doubles, the actors re-created their parents’ lives with photographs, letters, cassettes, old clothing, anecdotes and elusive recollections.
Playful and political, The year I was born gave a highly personal insight into the impact of a parent’s actions. Two generations faced one another in a reckoning of both the joy of childhood and the dark secrets from a bloody moment in history.
Presented by 14-18 NOW, LIFT and Southbank Centre. A House on Fire project, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.