Photos courtesy of Teatro Sur, Santiago, Chile
Spanish colonial rulers in South America reaped untold riches from the natural resources of this “New World” while imposing the suffocating Renaissance materialism of the Old World. Teatro Sur underscores this reality – and the wealth inequities that persist to today – in the stage design of its show Inútiles (Useless), which has its US premiere at the Hop on January 5 and 6.
The show’s Art Director, Jorge Zambrano, has worked with noted South American and European stage directors since the 1980s and more recently had branched out to film, serving as art director for the 2011 Chilean film Bonsai, which won an award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His collaboration with Teatro Sur began in 2012, creating the integral design of Teatro Sur’s show Ensayo General and Los Justos.