Lola Arias: Re-enacting Life – New Publication from Performance Research Books

Lola Arias is an Argentinian writer, theatre and film director and performer. She collaborates with people from different backgrounds (such as war veterans or migrant children) in theatre, literature, music, film and art projects that cross generations, countries, genres and performance sites. Her productions play with the overlapping zones between reality and fiction.

Her latest theatrical projects are: What They Want to Hear (2018); Atlas of Communism (2016); and Minefield (2016), the last of which brings together Argentine and British veterans of the Malvinas / Falklands War to share their experience of the conflict and life since. Arias’s theatrical productions and installations have been shown at festivals such as LIFT (London), Under the Radar (New York), Festival d’Avignon, Theater Spektakel (Zurich), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Festival Theaterformen (Braunschweig/Hanover), Spielart Festival (Munich) and the Berlinale, as well as in museums and venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Parque de la Memoria (Buenos Aires), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), the Gorki Theatre (Berlin) and the Royal Court Theatre (London).

Her feature film Theatre of War (2018) was selected for the 68th Forum of the Berlinale Film Festival and has screened in numerous film festivals all around the world.


RE-ENACTING LIFE documents her multifaceted work. The edited collection brings together playscripts, synopses, interviews, questionnaires, notes, photographs, floorplans and other primary documentation of Arias’s varied performance work. Also included are the voices of some of her many collaborators and spectators, in the form of reflections and essays written by artists, art historians and performance and media scholars, many of whom belong to Arias’s own generation.

The book is available to buy online at Performance Books or via Amazon


Performance Research Books follows and expands the policy of the PR journal, but opens into publishing monographs, bookworks, and singular works on distinctive practice. The imprint publishes generously illustrated and finely designed books that present documentation and analysis of contemporary performance practice – through the work of individual artists, companies and ensembles. Each publication combines texts, scores and critical reflection on a distinctive body of work, together with scholarly and theoretical analysis of the practice, the voices of practitioners, the view of the makers and the evidence of the work. Performance Research Books is an imprint of ARC, a division of the Centre for Performance Research Ltd, an educational charity limited by guarantee. The Centre for Performance Research is located in Wales and works internationally.