If Silence Knew

50 mins
Switzerland / Argentina

Teatro delle Radici
Oct. 13 @ 8.30pm | Oct. 14 @ 7pm | Oct. 15 @ 6pm

When language fails, we are left with our bodies to create meaning in silence.

Castrillo has successfully given us a speech on life without words.
– Region (Switzerland)

In this stunning visual poem, the body speaks through the silence about the voices that live within it: the lost words, the words we do not have the courage to utter and those which, if expressed, would lose the emotion that accompanies them. A tour-de force performance by Cristina Castrillo, the founder of the exiled 1970s Argentinian company ‘Libre Teatro Libre’, and Teatro delle Radici, based in Lugano, Switzerland.

In an atmosphere so delicate to be moved to tears, as if suddenly we all returned to the place “where we had already been…
– Corriere del Ticino – Switzerland

Cast & Credits
Created, Performed and Directed
Cristina Castrillo
Bruna Gusberti
Scenic Props
Sandro Carettoni, Massimo Palo, Elvis van der Meyden, Gigi Boccadamo, Pier Suriano
Atelier Celia
Martina Tritten
Silvia Genta
About The Artist

Christina Castrillo has dedicated herself to professional theatre for over four decades: from the foundation, in the seventies, of Libre Teatro Libre (one of the most famous Latin American companies in Argentina) to the birth of «Teatro delle Radici» in Switzerland in 1980.
 The versatility of her work (as an actress, a teacher and a director) has led her to put into practice the fundamental aspects of her approach, both as regards her performance and that of other actors.

Dedicating all her efforts to the research of elements that are basis of an actor’s training, she has contributed to the creation of collective and individual shows in which the actor is always at the very heart of the inventive process. The creation of her solo entitled «On the Heart of the Earth» is particularly noteworthy. The performance has been presented on many occasions and several festivals in Europe and Latin America.

To expand her pedagogical activities, she has created, in cooperation with colleagues of the «Teatro delle Radici», a «Theatre Lab School» for foreign actors. Her method has been presented at countless workshops which she has been invited to conduct in Europe, Central and Latin America, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.