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Leo Medel's LED

May 13, 2011

Cutting edge theater with five actors and a five minute experience for one

  • Text by Camilo Salas

All Sundays in May at Centro Mori, you can see "LED", a play for only just person. It's five minutes long and you will have five actors telling you a story about dreams and hangovers. We can not divulge too much as it will be spoiling the experience, but imagine 5.1 Human Surround Sound and an LED light overload. Satellite Voices spoke with the play's director Leo Medel about the 80s-inspired project.

Satellite Voices: What doesn't happen at "LED"?
Leo Medel:
The actors don't yell at you, they don't touch you and they can't see you, you think they can, but you are in a blind spot for them. In the play something mystic happens, because every person has a different body, and the rhythm of the play changes. I have seen that.

SV: What are your references?
Leo Medel: The space is based on the arcade games of the 80s. It's like videogames, but instead of electronic figures you have actors.

SV: What is the link between "LED" and the city of Santiago?
Leo Medel
: People don't wait 10 minutes to see a play that lasts an hour and half, but a lot of people wait one hour to see this little five minute play. It's like a YouTube video but more complex... The experience behind "LED" is closer to the social networks and video on demand websites than the theater, and Santiago likes these short experiences. That's why we have people waiting to see our play.

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