How to turn to stone
In a world where concepts such as growth, progress and development are central to the dominant political and economic frameworks, rocks may shed critical light on how this current rhetoric of life – and the living – functions as a sort of bio-normativism: LIFE as a norm that exerts its specific forms of oppression and exploitation. How to Turn to Stone looks closely at the attunement of laboring bodies with geological formations and their shared histories of extraction and exhaustion.
Stones, as ‘non-living’ things, can model a different type of resistance. The team behind How to Turn to Stone uses bits of eroded narrative and compresses them, like layers of sediment. They create a ‘mineral’ performance that tells you something about what is written in stone, and also what of stones is written in us. Bits of eroded stories become landscapes, which Manuela Infante stacks upon each other through looping and sound landscaping, like geological layers of stone, coming together into a rough … something.
For this edition of PROXIMAMENTE we are teaming up with Kaaitheater, you can go watch this performance in their hall.
Manuela Infante is a world-renowned Chilean theatre creator, known to the KVS public from her previous creations Estado Vegetal and Metamorphoses. For many years she has been investigating how the boundaries between the human and non-human are fabricated, in order to subsequently tear them down. In Estado Vegetal she plays with intelligence and communication within the plant world, in Realismo she rattles our ingrained ideas about objects and in Metamorphoses she questions whether a voice is an exclusively human prerogative. With How to Turn to Stone she continues down this path and immerses herself in mineral matters.
We are also made of stone and we can be mined too.