ASUNCION – A peculiar theatre production performed by the Argentine Teatro Ciego (Blind Theatre) company, in which the audience enjoys a musical comedy in total darkness, will be presented in Paraguay for the first time on Friday.
Jonatan Alberto Jusid, one of the three visually impaired actors in the play “Un viaje a ciegas” (“A blind trip”), told EFE that the production “takes place in total darkness and allows the audience to deactivate their sense of sight to reconnect with their other senses.”
“This is an experience that goes beyond the play because one can escape the day-to-day and, at one point, feel empathy with darkness, empathy with a blind person’s world,” the Argentine actor said.
Jusid explained that the play’s goal is to fight prejudices regarding people with visual impairment and “to show the audience that darkness also allows people to live a full life.”
“It is a multisensory experience that eliminates sight, because sight is always distracting ... allowing the other senses to be more acute, to be able to explore through touch, smell, hearing, and all the senses flowing together in different experiences,” he said.
Jusid also explained that, during the play’s five performances in Asuncion, the audience will enter a completely dark theatre and be taken to their seats with the help of the visually impaired actors.
The story of the play, which has already been presented in Argentina, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom, takes place at first in a Buenos Aires bar in the 1970s, where the characters’ narratives “allow us to travel through time,” the actor said.
Another innovative aspect of the play it that the performance takes place “360 degrees” around the audience.
“The play is performed at a full 360 degrees. Spectators who sit in the front or the back will enjoy the play with the same intensity because the performers move around the whole theatre,” Jusid said.
The actor added that the play has been very well received by audiences where it has previously been performed, “perhaps because it allowed them to disconnect from reality and understand that an extraordinary world exists in darkness.”