When I arrived to the Bendito Teatro theater troupe, formed by actors with Down Syndrome, I came with all the anxiety that it causes facing to a situation with preconceived ideas and some small prejudices. Newly arrived and without knowing me, the kids, in a very natural curiosity way, showed very willing to receive the stranger that came to register their particular way of seeing the world. I used to have a compassion idea about children with Down Syndrome, but shortly after meeting the members of the theater company and spend with them a couple of weeks, those thoughts give step to a naturalness, where the small differences disappear and you are not longer photographing some special kids that make theater, but a true company of actresses and actors.
After two years working on stage with the Bendito Teatro troupe, I realize that the “kids” I met two years ago were not the same, they had matured as people and as actors. New members came and some others left the project. The company turned professional and became well known. At that point I began to join some of the actors and actresses in their daily routines, connecting great with the them, they let me in into their lives, telling me about their things, their concerns and stories. Some were more open, others shy, and in this way, little by little, I began to tell of my life too. From those conversations and meetings came up candid and honest pictures and also little lessons about effort and perseverance, telling a story full of humanity that not only tells about of the members of the company “Bendito Teatro” but my story too.
The story of the boys and girls of the “Bendito Teatro” troupe is not a compassion story but tolerance, respect, patience, love and mainly a story of a lot of effort.
Santiago. Chile. 2006 – 2008.