This project was supported by Fondo Nacional de las Artes
Creation Fund 2021

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TRAMA is a pay what you can project (voluntary contribution).
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TRAMA is a series without beginning or end.
Episodes can be watched in any order.
Enter the network wherever you want.

Episodes

Not self

Ana says she can't get the most out of life. Her body says other things.

56 min.
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Things in themselves

Mariano dies. Lola eats. Rodrigo ties knots. Andrea shakes. There's a lot of life right next to death. Some scenes are meant to be seen from afar.

54 min.
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It shouldn’t hurt you

Tato and Clara had planned a sexy night. The conversation took them elsewhere. What if we start saying what we don't like?

23 min.
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The Earth, a great silence

They haven't seen each other for more than a year. They''ll have to talk and they''ll have to make silence. Reunion has an ambiguous face.

66 min.
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Em leaves the theater

Portland, Oregon. Em sells the theater, her life project. What remains is rain, animals, pianos, friends, useless attempts to make sense.

55 min.
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The end

In the first months of quarantine, Camila and Lucas watch a movie. She gets emotional and he gets cold. Days go by and the wheels of living together reveal habits and novelties. What is going to happen to us?

60 min.
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Unexisting sounds

Caro makes love with the lights off, says she doesn't like her body. She sees her patients, swipes through Tinder, looks out the window and pictures infinity.

92 min.
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Mission Distance

Lucas cancels the shooting of his film and the dream is again far away, inaccessible. Although he touches the trees, he assures he doesn't feel them. Fortunately he is not alone.

75 min.
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A spreading turbulence

October 2019. Max is moving to another country, but it's the others who are moving. Ana, Caro, Uli, Teo, Sabrina, Andi, Lili, Javiera, the Chilean people. Javiera has just arrived from Chile, she wants hugs and she wants war.

46 min.
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The alley

Sara is a young Venezuelan woman living in Vancouver and working as a house cleaner. Max has nowhere to live so she invites him to spend a few days in her cave, work with her and go on a fast. They meet a sketch artist. Max walks.

60 min.
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Pay what you can

TRAMA is a pay what you can project (voluntary contribution).
Thanks to your contribution we can continue creating
THANKS!!!

CONTRIBUTE HERE

History of the project

TRAMA (you can translate it as network, web, tissue, fabric, plot) was born in 2011, as a series of formless ideas. Out of that web of ideas came the feature film Scenes from a Broken Party (written and directed by Jada Sirkin, released in 2017). In 2017, after years of waiting for the moment, the TRAMA project was activated when Jada participated in Resonancias, a residency for artists in Umepay, Córdoba, Argentina, organized by Mercedes Miró and Constanza Soria. Back in Buenos Aires, Jada formed a research and writing group with Mauricio Sandoval Ron, Sara Jiménez Molina, Marcos Wem Wertheimer and Joy Podlischevsky. In 2018 Dama David and Jazmín Ruffo joined the group. The group, out of personal research and collective games, developed a series of scripts for what could be the first episodes of the series. A first episode was shot in April 2019. The shooting was declared a failure, and the failure brought liberating novelty. Dama David joined Jada Sirkin in producing and directing. The group mutated. The scripts mutated. Rehearsals began. In July 2019 Jada and Dama traveled to the United States and Canada, where they shot what would be the actual first episodes of the series. In September of that year, filming began in Buenos Aires; and in February 2020 in Pucón, Chile.

We like to think that TRAMA has its own intelligence and makes its own decisions. All the "failures" (there have been many) end up revealing themselves, more than as endings, as turns that enhance the investigation. We think of fiction as a laboratory to find what cannot be faked. As Eugenio Barba said, to pretend in order to stop pretending. At the same time that we are creating the series as a product, as a piece, we are researching the creative process. The laboratory does not happen only within the circle of fiction, in fact fiction is to a large extent informed by what happens in the journey of creating it.

About our research

The focus of our fictional research is in the way we think about drama, storytelling, characters' sensitivity and their encounters (the scenes), and what we’ve been calling the fight-listen dynamic -or the drama and the web (trama). We start from an observation of narrative tendencies (what is generally seen in movies, series and literary fiction) and from the observation of daily life tendencies (how we live, how we think, how we feel, how we interact). We notice that human beings (in their fictions and realities) have been manifesting a rather dramatic way of relating to experience.

What do we mean by drama? We think of drama as the unfolding of the unconscious reactions of the personality, the world lived from the organization of the I, which refuses to perceive itself as part of a wider web (trama). Drama is thought of as the struggle between a self and a world from which it perceives itself as separate. The hypothesis is that we fight in order to not listen, because listening implies questioning our identities and our emotional and mental shelters. Listening implies acknowledging that growth is not only personal and human, but also collective and terrestrial. The individual drama as part of an intelligent network (trama).

Conditioned by biology, culture and personal experience, we humans react. What is it to react? We propose to think of reaction as a response conditioned by the scripts of our individual and collective unconscious. We think that we human beings live, mostly, in a reactive way; that is, as puppets of our own identities, constructions, mythologies and projections.

Our lives, and our fictional stories, rely, above all, on this way of functioning, which mostly relies on a moral, binary or polarized perception of experience. We judge the things that happen to us as either good or bad. And stories invariably lead us to get better or worse.

Classic narrative: in the stable life of a character, something produces an imbalance and the conflict must be resolved. Good fights against evil, happiness is opposed to misery, one wins and the other loses, success is opposed to failure, bad people are terrible and the good ones only seek light.

This simplification is queen of fiction (and reality, so intertwined with our fictions). We simplify to solve, to feel safe, to survive. We have an addiction to endings and resolutions because we are terrified of inhabiting uncertainty, the open. We humans narrate to define what is good and what is bad, to map the complexity of experience and feel we step on solid ground.

We could say that, to a large extent, we tell stories to feel safe.

For thousands of years we’ve been telling ourselves the same stories, and in the same ways. Our narrative relies on what we call conflict. A main focus in our research is the question about conflict: if conflict is the need to dissolve a tension, can we experience tension without the need to resolve it?

Can we talk and coexist without the need to fall into the arguing mode and the need to defeat the opponent or come to an agreement? Can we recognize and experience differences without the need to eliminate them? What happens when, as we encounter with each other, we give space to difference? Can we develop a sensitivity that allows us to sustain contradictory perceptions at the same time?

All this complexity emerges in a very simple search. We propose an innocent gaze that focuses in the life of each image, gesture, and encounter. Our interest, beyond all these ideas, is to see human beings alive, discovering life, rediscovering themselves in the interactive relational dance. More than transmitting ideas, we want to create contexts for reflexion, contemplation, tenderness and wonder.

Thanks

We want to thank especially to Camila Torres, Sharon Cohen Goldfrid, Denisse Bustos, Sol Bordigoni, José Ratti, Mizu Desierto, Kelly Nesbitt, Lolo Haha, Stephanie Lankton, Wem Wertheimer, Magalí Aldabe, Lehum Sbarra, Adrián Gleizer, Sara Jimenez Molina, Mauricio Sandoval Ron, Joy Podlischevsky, Felipe David, Klaudia Burgos, Mercedes Miró, Constanza Soria, RESONANCIAS Art Residency.

We also thank to all the people who donated to the crowdfunding campaign, and made the premiere possible. Thank you:

Felipe David, Klaudia Burgos, Hugo Sirkin, Mirta Prigoshin, Enrique Bhome, Anita Strappa, María Betania Mundarin, Malena Morandi, Rodrigo David, Ivana Morello, Kelly Nesbitt, Yaara Valley, Lolo Haha, María Graciela Gómez, Flor Ringeling, Nica Rivas, Tite Ares, Marina Bailo, Flor Buzzo, Paula Almada, Melissa Piccioli, Paloma Zamorano, Florencia Trias, Paulina Leighton

Finally, we are very grateful to the Fondo Nacional de las Artes (FNArtes, Argentina), who gave us a creation grant (2021), with which we were able to pay important costs.

And to all the people who in one way or another collaborated with TRAMA!

Credits

General direction and production: Jada Sirkin & Dama David
Logo design: Josefina Bustillo
Press and networking: Valeria Trejo, Julieta Gottlieb and Maya Kerschen.
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