CONICET/Universidad de Buenos aires, Argentina
Universitat de Barcelona, España
In spite of the sharp invisibility of Afro-descendant population in Argentina, several forms of struggle have been advanced along various decades individually or collectively by Afro-descendants who strive for gaining recognition. This paper will examine play Calunga Andumba (by Carmen and Susana Platero), dealing with slavery and Afrodescendancy in Argentina, on its goings to stage in 1976, 1987 and 2011. The aim will be to trace a timeline to move comparatively along changes and stays on the play’s various puttings into stage and aesthetic-political stakes, both to recognize different experiences of struggle and to put some light on the emergence of new forms of activism and new ways of criticism. In order to do that, interviews and news resources as well as material gotten from my fieldwork with theater company TES, who brought it to the stage in 2011.
Keywords: Afro-argentinian, invisibility, theater, Buenos Aires, forms of struggle.