LA GASEOSA DE ÁCIDO ELÉCTRICO
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December at 20 p.m.
La gaseosa de ácido eléctrico (The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test) is an experimental stage project that develops horizontal work tools and investigates collective intelligence methods. It is carried out by a heterogeneous group of women about the age of 60 from a diversity of social and ethnic backgrounds. We started the process by exploring the subject of love but soon we agreed it would be more interesting to focus on the here and now. The plot of the open piece which has evolved is based on the occupation and conversion of a social dining area at a financial club, given the precarious nature of the crisis of the system.
The project has developed its own strategic approach to experimental stage arts and popular culture which has nourished the work with body and space, text and narration, accents and languages, playwriting and meta-fiction, soundscapes and stage design. This has allowed us to explore numerous contemporary artistic disciplines and make a call to thinking as action. We have also developed specific collective work tools, focused on developing creativity, personal enrichment and social interaction.
The work has been structured into four workshops that made it possible to investigate various aspects of stage development:
. Writing and acting workshops led by Javier Montero.
. Soundscape design workshop led by María González.
. Stage design workshop led by Matilde Juárez.
In La Gaseosa de Ácido Eléctrico (The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test) we started with the idea that inter-subjective relations are not only an end in themselves, but also allow us to explore more complex terrains such as the role played by cultural representation systems, micro-political potentialities, the role of emotions, inequalities, and the class system, behaviour protocols, the concept of value or narcissism.
The piece combines three spaces: the dining hall, the kitchen and meta-fiction, where we reflect on the dramatic process and debates are held. It is important to point out that we have not aimed to reach a final conclusion or a finished, polished work. The work process is undoubtedly what is most fascinating.