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Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca in an animal love story

Nata and Toto, a teenager and her dog, are the protagonists of What do we have left? Colombian women Carolina Ramirez and Argentina Alberto Ajak They interpret these characters in a story written by Mexican Alejandro Ricano in an interesting crossroads of Latin American coexistence on stage.

actress known for being the protagonist of the series queen of flow ,Netflix) has already performed in Bogotá and this is his first theatrical foray into Buenos Aires. The direction of the local version is Virginia Magnago and it will be on stage in Multitabaris Comafi for only three weeks starting this Friday, July 1.

IUnconditional love, bond marked by tragedy, abandonment and the quest for affection are some of the themes staged in this work that float among other questions, when someone leaves us, how do we move on. All this as a real presence and a metaphor, transcended by the dominant and loving man of a faithful dog.

"What of Us Remains", Meetings and Disagreements in Work with Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca.  photo lucia merle

“What of Us Remains”, Meetings and Disagreements in Work with Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca. photo lucia merle

The starting point of work is the love for animals and the special bond that arises with them. What other topics does it address?

Carolina: My husband, who is a producer, was looking for some work for me for some time, we read a lot and we could not find it. until it appeared and created nothing special for us. I think it’s very relevant in the context of what is happening to humanity, how disconnected it is from nature, and the impossibility of each looking beyond one’s own self.

what moved them

– What inspired you about this story?

Carolina: It completely pierced me. Also, we don’t have kids with Mariano, but we’ve always had dogs, they’re our kids. We saw work in Mexico, we bought it and I did it in Bogotá in 2019. At the time, we had a Bulldog Goynecche, which is no longer here, and we hoped that just as it eluded us, the work might elude many more.

With the power of the here and now that the theater has, isn’t it?

Carolina: Undoubtedly, theater is also a political act. And in that sense, we found the story and its context very important, as they transcend a girl and her dog, they are two parallel stories of a journey the two make to meet again.

A girl and a dog who could represent so much more than I can imagine.

Carolina: They initially disagree and then it’s a road to reunion. For humanity, called reason, it is about more identifiable conflicts, as is the case with NATA. But it seems to me that the dog struggle is much deeper. For him, the theme of abandonment, the disappearance of his only world, is something much deeper.

Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca, a teenager and her dog.  photo lucia merle

Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca, a teenager and her dog. photo lucia merle

– In your case, Alberto, how did you feel when you met this dog character?

Albert: It is strange to think of a natural state, it is a dog that speaks, for this reason, in principle, it is a matter of making his behavior a little poetic. It’s impossible to replicate an animal like this, but the game of seeing what works reveals expressions associated with the dog.

The character of the dog may well represent the innate side of man that was lost, or turned in search of the most rational.

Albert: There is a twist in the story, which I like the most, and it is commendable, when the dog can be humanized. It is a human being playing the character of a dog and then the character of the dog is blinking to make himself human with some gesture.

Carolina: The character of a dog is that which gives a great lesson in this work. It is here and now that human beings are so elusive to us. We live in the future, we live in the past and we forget the present. His only goal is for the dog in the present. He never loses sight of his answer, his universe, which is the connection.

Albert: In full, the dog is comfortable. There is something in that decision to desire to have love, security, shelter, food. You may feel that personal desires are pushed too hard these days, and this leads to loneliness. it’s that”I’m like that and if you don’t like it, bye“. And the core point of the work, the conflict, I think it has to do with not being alone.

Carolina: NATA, in the eagerness to rationalize everything and find a reason for it, even in his decisions so that his feelings no longer affect him, that present is a bit lost. The great life lessons come from a dog and he is wonderful.

Albert: Perhaps as a civilization we were distanced from each other, something that the epidemic exacerbated and that led to loneliness, at its deepest. There is something tragic in Nata’s character and what she does is not cynical. He has a reason that is overwhelming at the moment: to suffer for something, and to turn away from it so as not to lose more. But Toto’s decision not to be alone is what drives the story forward.

Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca in a story where Reason Vs.  natural tendency.  photo lucia merle

Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca in a story where Reason Vs. natural tendency. photo lucia merle

There is something about unconditional love, about the love provided by animals, from which there is still much to learn,

Carolina: A great lesson in life I learned with my dogs, and to accept that one watches them grow up and watch them die of old age, because they live short. And it’s natural.

Albert: Toto is also a classless dog, he is a petty bourgeois who experiences a tragedy and suddenly encounters unforeseen circumstances, with which he has no experience or does not know how to deal.

Carolina: They happen in situations where you see how everyone manages to grab things around them, just to breathe. Each character is a universe and from that place too, each viewer will receive a message and understand it in their own way.

-And this is where the importance of the bonds of other people around us manifests.

Albert: The fact of assuming responsibility for the care and protection of another, although it is sometimes a burden, is fundamental. It seems to me that human experience is not complete if there is no intention to bond, and that requires the abandonment of affectionate pettiness.

Carolina: Link is something that makes us human, especially affection.

Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca and a very special relationship on stage.  photo lucia merle

Carolina Ramirez and Alberto Ajaca and a very special relationship on stage. photo lucia merle

You worked in Bogota three years ago. But in the middle there was a pandemic. What have you resigned from since 2019, and what are you doing in Buenos Aires now?

Carolina: At the time we were inspired by our dog, but Goe passed away in 2020, so now there’s another vision. His death was an act of great dignity, he had many problems for being a purebred dog, was genetically altered, and he gave us a great lesson in what it means to buy a dog, something like which should not be.

Has it changed your mind about what it means to have a domestic animal?

Carolina. She gave us that lesson: Dogs should be a “dog brand,” not an item that’s in fashion or taken for granted. Then dozens of stray dogs came to our house.

-What are your expectations from your first theatrical performance in Buenos Aires?

Carolina: The Argentinean public is very distinctive and very different from the rest of the Latin American public, because here you see a lot of theatres, of everything. There is more demand, and this worries me a lot.

– How did you choose Alberto for the character?

Carolina: We chose him because of his dog face (laughs).

Albert: They threw me a bone and I accepted (laughs).

Carolina: To be honest, I have seen him a lot on TV and I think he is a great actor. And I also believe that he is like a normal person like us, and that was very important for this project which needs sympathy. Here the story goes above the figures, and above all with the character of Toto, who is about to teach us all.

Albert: Buenos Aires is a theatrical class where everything is, and I think there is an audience with a certain sensibility that will feel touched by this story. Because we’re going to give our opinion, not only with the story, but with the performance, without masks, what’s resolved with the live audience, when the drama happens. I trust her.

The actor, who has three children aged 11, 8 and 3, says this is the first play his older children, Pedro and Elena, will see on stage and that he sees it as a sign of faith in the content and message. lets see. Communicated “Anyone going into a theater feels like something shared among strangers in that ritual,” he says.

Carolina Ramirez, in "La Reina del Flo", now with a dramatic character in Antipode.  netflix photo

Carolina Ramirez, in “La Reina del Flo”, now with a dramatic character in Antipode. netflix photo

For her part, the Colombian actress who radically changed her appearance after the successful series queen of flowIn a new season, Yemi isn’t planning on returning with Montoya’s own character.

“I have things pending in Colombia, but my big project now is this job. If the story they offer me for a new season, I’ll do it, but I don’t want to depend on that for the rest of my life, “He says. “Continuing this work or film will take priority over other things that I already know about how they work. I like to believe in things that are up to me,” Ramirez says.

The character of “The Queen…” opened doors for you and brought you a lot of popularity. did you hit your roof?

Carolina: It’s good to be called on the street “Yemi, we love you!“But I don’t know if I want to be a Yemi until I’m 60. queen of flow It put me in a place and I’m grateful for that, but I don’t think it’s the only thing that gives me legitimacy. People are not going to see Yimi Montoya anywhere in this work.

– Is it a risk to make a successful character? be a pigeon?

Carolina: It’s good to start showing people that I have a thousand possibilities and that’s why I became an actress. I’m not going to drag myself like a yimi for the rest of my life. Plus, one day Yimi is about to get old and they’re going to say: Oh, but how did it end! No. I really enjoy the ordinary life and I am not ready to give it up by becoming an unattainable person.

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