By Thomas Fermentel, Paris
He was called “enfant terrible” by the international press. He studied arts in Argentina and Europe.
Author, director and actor Rodrigo M. Malmsten, 27 years, was born in
Buenos Aires, his first opera “KLEINES HELNWEIN”, which he wrote
and also directed himself, was awarded several prizes. It was inspired by
the works of the painter Gottfried Helnwein; some of Helnwein´s paintings
are shown in the opera by means of visual projections.
Although the main topic of the play is the sexual abuse of children, in a
more general way it deals with all the evils of nowadays societies, such
as racism, nazism, and fascism. These evils are proof for the ability of
human beings to convert into predators.
The play was qualified as “fascinating and repulsive” by the press. This
play and his other works depict Rodrigo M. Malmsten as an individualistic
young artist, with a pessimistic and apocalyptical vision of the world. He
strongly disapproves of the way the government of his country deals with
He thus did not have the possibility to work there any longer, and had to
emigrate to Europe to go on with his work, and now lives in Brussels.