Chiflón, El Silencio Del Carbón Silencio Blanco
About the show
An intimate feast for the eyes and spirit, Chilean puppetry ensemble Silencio Blanco’s Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón tells the haunting story of a young miner forced to find work in one of the most dangerous mines in Chile after the mine where he worked collapses. The beautiful paper puppets for which the company is known perform in silence to an original sound score, creating a powerful unspoken vocabulary that conveys a deeply universal story of humanity in the face of hardship.
Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón is presented by HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program in New York City as part of Silencio Blanco’s multi-city North American debut tour. This engagement of Silencio Blanco 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. Additional support provided by the Jim Henson Foundation.
A HERE Dream Music Puppetry Presentation
Directed and Conceived by Santiago Tobar
Produced by Dominga Gutiérrez
Co-created by Santiago Tobar and Dominga Gutiérrez
Sound Design by Ricardo Pacheco
Technical Production by Santiago Tobar and Antonio Armijo
Graphic Design by Carolina Díaz
MCA Chicago is curator and lead organizer of the Silencio Blanco Southern Exposure tour, which continues through March 2017 to FUNDarte, Miami, Florida; The Clarice Smith, College Park, Maryland; The Theater, Raritan Community College, New Jersey; The Weis Center, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania; HERE Arts, New York City; Center for Art of Performance at UCLA, Los Angeles, California; and Boom Arts, Portland, Oregon.
Tour support for Silencio Blanco: Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón 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. Additional touring support is made possible in part by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile/National Council of Culture and the Arts, and the Performing Americas program of the National Performance Network with funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Image credit: Lorenzo Mella