“One is not likely to look at anything that photosynthesizes in the same light after this.”
— The Straits Times
Estado Vegetal (Vegetative State) is an exuberant and polyphonic one-woman show by playwright/director Manuela Infante, one of the most prolific voices in contemporary Chilean and Latin American theater. Created by an all-woman team and inspired by the revolutionary thinking of philosopher Michael Marder and neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso, the individual stories of Estado Vegetal branch out from a motorcyclist's collision with a tree and proceed to imagine a scenario in which plants decide to reclaim their kingdom. Probing the concepts of plant intelligence and communication, the work examines the impossibility of dialogue between humans and plants and proposes a post-anthropocentric theater.
Panel Discussion with Manuela Infante + Annie Dorsen
MAY 3 / FRI at 4:30PM
Free / Reservations Required
Estado Vegetal was developed, in part, during a BAC Artist Residency.
Leadership support for international residencies at BAC is provided by the Ford Foundation.
This engagement of Manuela Infante is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
BAC’s presentation of the New York Premiere of Estado Vegetal is supported by the North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce.
Wine for the opening night reception provided with the generous support of ProChile, Wildmakers, and Hacienda San Juan.
International travel provided by Ventanilla Abierta, Convocatoria 2019.