State of the Arts Latin America: artistic collaboration meeting for performing art professionals

26 Nov 2019
Network meeting
State of the Arts Latin America: artistic collaboration meeting for performing art professionals

Vestigios (c) Marta Soares

Join KVS and Kunstenpunt for a meeting on artistic collaboration with organizations and artists from Latin America.

The afternoon will take place during the festival Próximamente that KVS organizes in collaboration with four artistic partners: Fundación Internacional Teatro a Mil (FITAM) from Chile, Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo (MITsp) from Brazil, Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas (INAE) from Uruguay en Marca País from Argentina.

For whom

The session is intended for artists, art professionals and organisations from Flanders and Brussels with an interest in Latin America. It is an ideal opportunity to get to know a number of festivals, organisers and artists in a short period of time and to gain insight into the context of performing arts in Latin America, new developments and challenges.

Day programme

Conversation with 4 curators/organisers:

  • José Miguel Onaindia (INAE – Uruguay)
  • Luisa Tupper (FITAM – Chile)
  • Luciana Romagnolli (MITsp – Brazil)
  • Cecilia Kuska (Argentina)

Conversation with 4 artists:

  • Tarina Quelho / E Quem é gosta? (Brazil)
  • Andreina Olivari / Bonobo (Chile)
  • Marianella Morena (Uruguay)
  • Marina Otero (Argentina)

The programme is moderated by Chilean director and producer María José Andrade.

Evening programme

18h00: Opening reception of the festival (afternoon participants are welcome)
20h30: Rubios – Grupo Krapp, KVS BOL (tickets have to be reserved via the ticket office of KVS)

Place & Time

Tuesday 26 November 2019, from 14h till 17h
KVS Top, Lakensestraat 146, 1000 Brussels (Map)


Simultaneous translation Spanish to English and English to Spanish


Participation in the meeting is free of charge, but we kindly ask you to register.

About Próximamente

The Próximamente festival takes place from 26 to 30 November 2019 in KVS in Brussels. The five partners (KVS from Brussels, FITAM from Chile, MITsp from Brazil, INAE from Uruguay and Marca País from Argentina) have put together the festival programme. They selected a series of creations that they consider to be the most striking in their region. The festival also includes showcases, lectures and debates. In addition to renowned names such as Grupo Krapp, Guillermo Calderón and Sergio Blanco, there is also a great deal of up-and-coming talent on the programme. Tickets for all Próximamente’s performances can be reserved via KVS.

Short bios of the participants

José Miguel Onaindia (Uruguay) is a lawyer and Argentinian cultural manager based in Uruguay since 2011. After coordinating the programming of the Solís Theater in Montevideo for three years, he took over the National Institute of Performing Arts (INAE) in 2015. In his country he directed the Rojas Cultural Center and the Institute National Cinema and Audiovisual Arts. For the third consecutive edition, he is at the forefront of the programming and organization of the International Festival of Performing Arts.

Luisa Tupper (Chile) is Touring Area Coordinator at Teatro a Mil Foundation. She has been a member of Teatro a Mil Foundation from 2016 working for the promotion of Chilean contemporaneous performing arts throughout the globe as PLATEA Coordinator, the Presenter Week of Santiago a Mil International Festival – one of the most important platforms for the internationalization of the Latin-American performing arts.

Luciana Eastwood Romagnolli (Brazil) is a journalist, theater critic, curator and PhD student in Performing Arts at the University of São Paulo. She is curator of ‘Critical Views’, the reflexive section of São Paulo Internacional Theatre Festival – MITsp. She is co-founder, editor and critic of the website ‘Horizonte da Cena’ and a member of IACT – International Association of Theatre Critics. Luciana coordinates the criticism section of Window of Dramaturgy, in Belo Horizonte. She was curator of some criticism events and performing art festivals, such as the Idiomas – Iberoamerican Theatre Criticism Forum (Curitiba, 2015) and the Belo Horizonte International Theatre Festival – FIT-BH (2018).

Cecilia Kuska (Argentina), based in London, works both as a producer and curator. She is also the international manager of renowned Argentinian artists and producer of CASA, London’s festival of Latin American Arts. Previously she has worked as Cultural Programming Director of the Buenos Aires Province and Producer & Artistic Assistant of FIBA (Buenos Aires International Festival).

Tarina Quelho (Brazil) graduated in performing arts (Unicamp/SP/BR). She studied and taught dance and improvisation at the former Estudio Nova Dança (São Paulo/SP/BR). As a performer, director and somatic educator (School for Body-mind centering/USA), she is currently implicated in exploring what can emerge from the friction between somatic and artistic practices and real life, and how much theory the scene can bear.

Andreina Olivari (Chile) is an actress, director and teacher from Chile. Along with Pablo Manzi she co-directs Bonobo, a Chilean theatre company founded in 2013. The collective has premiered three shows: Amansadura (2013), in which she acted; Donde Viven los Bárbaros (2015) and Tú Amarás (2018), which were directed by Manzi and herself. As an actress she has worked with different groups like Los Contadores Auditores and Geografía Teatral. She is currently developing Proyecto Aguirre, a theatre research project around Chilean playwright Isidora Aguirre, to be premiered in November 2019.

Marianella Morena (Uruguay) is internationally renowned as a theatre maker, actress, poet and teacher. For Morena, theatre takes place on stage as much as it does in public space, and that is what her research focuses on. Her creations are frequently presented in Latin America and Europe. On 28 November, Marianella will present her work at Próximamente and give you a glimpse of the future.

Marina Otero (Argentina) is a performer, writer, director, researcher and teacher. Her work is known and praised all over the world, with pieces such as Remember 30 Years to live 65 Minutes, Nomophobia and Moneyfest. Her performances are often a mix of documentary recordings, live music and dance. On 27 November she will share her working method and plans for the future.

María José Andrade (Chile) is a director and producer based in London since 2013. She worked at Santiago a Mil International Theatre Festival as International Projects Coordinator, connecting and building new networks and collaboration between Chilean artists and the European performing arts sector. She was also part of the team responsible for planning and delivering PLATEA 16, 17 and 18, Santiago a Mil’s International Programmer’s platform. In London, she founded a Chilean-British theatre collective called The Last Company Theatre of which she is the artistic director. María José Andrade was one of the initiators of Próximamente, along with Gerardo Salinas and Cecilia Kuska.