When Mun kindly invited me to be part of Grace of No Age, I felt very graceful. Disregarding the physical distance, it made me realize that our gender is wonderful and nuclear. Thinking about our origins, how in the beginning people lived tribes, I could not remain oblivious to it, I could not say no, or step aside… and so, here I am.
If you ask me who I am, I will immediately tell you: I am Chilota and my name is Ana.
Over a coffee, a wine or a maté, I would tell you that I chose the largest city in Chile to live in, because I could. I am happy with that and for living in this place in a fluid way, giving and receiving. As my place of origin is the Island of Chiloé, a place in the south of Chile it has been a massive change to live in Santiago.
My land, Chiloé, taught me to sow and to cultivate in the time that nature and the climate allows, without haste.
I am the mother of a precious 8-year-old girl named Lourdes Rita Libertad. She is my dedication and my most honest work today.
I am an actress, too. Director, apprentice and “dialogue writer” of the “La Minga Theater Company”. This particular company is devoted to a special type of theater; the theater of prevention, education and social intervention. I have been working on that aspect of the arts for several years now and it has always given me light, knowledge, understanding and closeness with women, people and the country that we live in.
My acting career and my previous work as a graphic designer taught me to think, to put together, to learn to project, to define and specify the life and lives that I have led And I say lives, because I have mine and those that the characters I’ve played onstage lead me to become. That is one of the gifts of the theater: to stop being you for a while and enjoy being someone else.
I leave with an open heart and I am always ready to face the reality of this moment of uncertainty, loneliness, pain and hard lessons that we are currently living worldwide.