Directed by Horacio Czertok
Atlas is the catacomb; the negation and rejection of canonical “beauty” and the search for another vast, unknown beauty.
It is an attempt to arrive at concepts that we are unaware of in our everyday lives, other than through automatisms or conditioning. Love, hate, friendship, beauty, fear, solidarity and courage.
Over the course of time the actors create characters by following their own paths of negation, self-harshness, desperation, the rejection of self-commiseration and victimism, the rejection of one’s own cowardice and the need for other-esteem, for presumptuousness and vanity.
The characters are the result of a ceaseless search for the pure presence and a pureness of presence, for the laying bare of one’s spirit. Not to be appreciated or savoured, but to be lived, tested out together with the audience. The work does not seek to gain the aesthetic compliance or stupour of the audience in the sense of its correspondence with the theatre-producing machinery, i.e. its production of predictable and predicted conditioned reflexes.
No. What it seeks is a form of testimony, of the audience having an active role in the process of laying bare with its revelation, like the believer when faced with a miracle.