Meet the Playwrights: Alex Viteri '17
April 22, 2017
Alex Viteri Arturo '17 brings together a diverse group of artists to create a celebration of unique identities and ideas with her thesis project Eden: Part 3.
Eden: Part 3 will run at the Signature Center on May 10, 12, and 13th.
Viteri talked about the risks and rewards of her new thesis show, as well as its international inspirations. Full interview available here.
Can you provide me with a brief synopsis about your play or project that you are presenting as part of your thesis?
I’ve decided to take a risk and engage in an experimental creative process. I’ve gathered forces with a group of artists I consider very talented and kind and we’re preparing a feast in celebration of difference. We are migrants, gender non-conforming, loving beings puzzled by the unsettling socio-political situation of the world. I want to think about this project as a space where to find refuge, a utopian queer Eden.
At the same time, I’m also working on rewriting and adapting the piece I wrote for Shanghai Theater Academy:Under the Mountain’s grass. Some of this rewriting will populate the new play, as I am dealing with similar themes —although in very different ways.
Under the Mountain’s grass is the recollection of childhood memories from a mind that grew up in the mixt of Mexican mythologies, American movies, Mao’s revolutionary ideas and Colombia’s inner conflict stories. Abroad, the younger daughter of a middle class family recounts the moments that shaped her imagination. Both a physical trip and time travel where she questions the rise of collective paranoia and redefines her sexual identity.
Can you tell me a little bit about the origin of this play? Where did the idea come from?
For the new project we’re engaging in, and that will be presented at Signature, there’s a bunch of artists I’m working with as references. I believe the seed is a piece by Henrik Olesen I saw in Munich, where he explores social exclusion and normative thinking... It’s a collection of illustrations, articles and photographs that deal in one way or another with the idea of gender. From his work, I dove into the archives of queer lives. Also, reaching to some methods of post dramatic theater companies like Forced Entertainment, She She Pop, GobSquad and the people from Experimenta SUR.
Eden: Part 3 will run at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center on May 10 at 2:30 pm, May 12 at 8 pm, and May 13 at 2:30 pm. Free tickets are available here, under the title of her other play, Under the Mountain’s Grass, which she will no longer be presenting.
Alex Viteri is a multidisciplinary artist who believes in parallel dimensions, chaos and happy encounters. Alex graduated from the Visual Arts department at Universidad de Los Andes, where she focused on Live Arts—which included video art, installation, and performance studies. While pursuing her Bachelor’s in Colombia, her home country, she worked as an actress and dramaturg for the theatre company TeatroR101. Her latest play, Tales of Imaginary Birds, was based on an internship in the south of France where she worked with refugees from around the world. In 2016, she was a playwright in exchange at Shanghai Theater Academy.