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The weight of a body

Victoria Szpunberg


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Price: 10 euros · No. pages: 94 · Collection: New Collection No. in the collection: 19 · Language: Spanish – Binding: paperback ISBN: 978-84-9041-452-1. Year of publication: October 2022 · Place of publication: Madrid, Spain



A work that addresses the issue of ageing in our current society.

What is the point of keeping a body alive, the body of a person who has lost basic faculties? When do we consider a life to be no longer dignified? How to face the decline of parents and maintain the feeling of love alongside the emotional and financial burden that this entails? What is the role of the state in this scenario?



Victoria Szpunberg

Victoria Szpunberg

She holds a degree in Playwriting and Directing from the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and a Master’s degree in Theatre Studies from the UAB. She is a playwright with a solid track record of premieres, publications and artistic works of different types, in addition to being a teacher and pedagogue at the Institut del Teatre, l’Obrador de la Beckett and other artistic research and training spaces.

She became known in 1998 with the work Entre aquí y allá (Lo que dura un paseo), which was runner-up in the Maria Teresa León Award, selected by the Royal Court in London (International Residency in 2000) and premiered at the RESAD in Madrid. in 2000 and at the Here Festival in New York in 2002. She has worked and premiered her own works in theatres such as the TNC, the Teatre Lliure, the Tantarantana and the Sala Beckett, as well as in theatres in Madrid and the rest of Spain. Her texts have also been translated into different languages and have been seen in the United States, Colombia, Italy, Prague, France, among others.

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She is an author concerned with making theatre connected to the political and social issues of the contemporary world, with an open and transdisciplinary perspective (she has often worked as a playwright on dance projects) and is not pigeonholed into a single genre or register. With an original way of living and understanding uprooting (cultural, geographical…), her characters and the situations in which they find themselves often have to do with a certain existential or ideological confusion, with a deep sense of dislocation and breaking stereotypes and common places. This leads her to use genre strategies with finesse (unusual dystopias, pseudo-science fiction, absurd realism…) with a sense of humour and an undeniable will to relate to reality from a critical and poetic attitude at the same time.

Her latest proposals seen stand out, such as Eva y la conmoción, for the play La Pira, directed by Alfredo Sanzol (CDN 2020); Amor mundi premiered in June 2019 at the Festival Grec de Barcelona; Balena blava, a monodrama for actress and orchestra (TNC 2018); L’onzena plaga (in the ‘Tot pels diners’ season, Teatre Lliure 2015), nominated for the Butaca Awards; L’any que ve serà millor (Max Award 2013 Best authorship in Catalan, collective work premiered at Sala Villarroel); Boys don’t cry (Teatre Lliure, Festival Grec 2012); La marca preferida de les germanes Clausman (Tantarantana Teatre 2010); El meu avi no va anar a Cuba (Festival Grec de Barcelona 2008); La màquina de parlar (Sala Beckett 2007 and Teatre Maldà 2017); Esthetic Paradise (Sala Beckett, Festival Grec 2004), among others. She is currently finishing the opera libretto La gata perduda (Teatre del Liceu, 2022).