Cuban Theater Digital Archive

Estado vegetal

Directing team: +

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Manuela Infante Director

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Marcela Salinas Actor / actress

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Rocío Hernández Design (General)

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Carmina Infante Producer

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Estado Vegetal (Vegetative State) is a polyphonic, branching, exuberant, reiterative, divisible and sessile monologue. Its protagonist is a woman, who is not an individual; she is a multitude, a swarm. This is not an animal play, it is a vegetable play.

Based on the revolutionary thinking of plant philosopher Michael Marder and plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso, the exploration consists of probing the ways in which new concepts such as plant intelligence, vegetative soul, or plant communication can transform our creative practice.

If we accept that plants have other ways of thinking, feeling, communicating, other ways of being intelligent, a different form of consciousness and another notion of time, perhaps we can see our own notions of thinking, feeling, communicating, and being aware, transformed. In Michael Marder's words, "recognizing a valid ' other' in plants is also beginning to recognize that vegetal other within us."

Estado Vegetal dances tirelessly around an impossible dialogue; that of humans and plants. A failed dialogue with nature that is, perhaps, our most innate monologue.

Author: Edwin Ulloa (Spring 2019)

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