Federico León

Las ideas

Performance / Theatre Austrian premiere in Spanish with English surtitles
{theatre for film fans} {ping pong of ideas} {teatro argentino}

„For a moment, we can go inside the head of an artist, immerse ourselves in his ideas through the prism of his computer. We see how he writes, deletes, corrects and surfs the web. We discover his archives, his mechanisms of association, organisation, the way things are ordered and disordered.“ Federico León


, © Ignacio Iasparra

Federico León - Las ideas

Federico León is a director in both theatre and film, moving back and forth between these two disciplines permanently and unmistakably. In his plays and films, these two artistic universes overlap and influence each other in constant interaction.

León’s current stage work focuses on the process of creative production and how project ideas emerge and evolve between the poles of banality and genius associated with artistic work processes. He shares with the audience the inceptive moments of a project: how ideas bounce around and how they are sometimes cultivated and made reality or just as often discarded. The result of all this is an amusing dialogue between two artists exchanging views on triviality and creativity, a ping pong of ideas increasingly pushing the protagonists off their tracks.

Federico León, who will take to the stage for the first time in twenty years, uses this text to not only reflect on his own creative work but also on himself as an artist and at the same time to question the often inflated perception of the way artistic production takes place. Born in Argentina in 1975, León now works as a director, actor, performer and writer. His works have been awarded numerous accolades and presented all over the world.

Press quotes


“…in Las ideas, Federico León walks a tightrope, on the frontier between fiction and reality, in order to bring onstage the dizzying effects of the creative process.” Festival Automne



Written and directed by
Federico León

Julián Tello and Federico León

Set design
Ariel Vaccaro

Music and sound design
Diego Vainer

Lighting design
Alejandro Le Roux

A production by Rodrigo Manuel Perez and Rocío Gomez Cantero in co-production with Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Iberescena (Spain), FIBA Festival Internacional (Buenos Aires), El Cultural San Martín (Buenos Aires) and La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (Switzerland), Festival d’automne à Paris – Théâtre de La Bastille (France) and Fundación Teatro a Mil (Santiago de Chile). Las ideas is presented as part of the project House on Fire supported by the Cultural Programme of the European Union.

Dates & Tickets

November 2015

Thu. 05.11.2015, 20:00
brut 16 € / 12 € / 8 €

Fri. 06.11.2015, 20:00
brut 16 € / 12 € / 8 €

Sat. 07.11.2015, 20:00
brut 16 € / 12 € / 8 €

Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wien

April 2024
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Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
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April 2024
Daniela Georgieva
May - June 2024
The Pink Triangle

Meeting point: Gasthaus Hansy at Praterstern


Heinestraße 42 , 1020 Vienna
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May - June 2024
Out and about featuring QWIEN
The Nameless of Leopoldstadt

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Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna
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June 2024
Aldo Giannotti in Collaboration with Karin Pauer

Rote Bar at Volkstheater


Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Vienna
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June 2024
Arno Böhler, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Sabina Holzer & Florian Reiners

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Jedlersdorfer Platz 25, 1210 Vienna
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June 2024
Theater im Bahnhof

studio brut

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Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
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April - May 2024
Claudia Lomoschitz
Vibrant Void

brut nordwest – rehearsal space

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May 2024
Handle with care with Jaskaran Anand
June 2024
A temporary collective of students and artists from the Department of Site-Specific Art / University of Applied Arts Vienna
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