Grotesque It is a concept that derives from the Italian word grottesque, in turn from grotta (which can be translated as "grotto" ). This etymological root can be seen in the meaning of the term as that linked to a artificial grotto : that is, at one cavern or a cave created by man.
Another use of the notion is as a synonym for grotesque , a style of decor emerged from the ornamentation of caves found in Rome at XV century . The grutesco, which combines foliage and plants with mythological creatures, vessels and other elements, is characterized by absurdity and extravagance.
By extension to this meaning, it began to qualify as grotesque to what results from tastelessness or ridiculous . Something grotesque, therefore, is unwise, irrational, vulgar or apricot.
For example: "The opposition said the government project is grotesque and announced that it will drive protests so that it does not prosper", “The costumes of the actors were described as grotesque by the specialized critic”, "Soccer players sign grotesque contracts while the majority of the country's inhabitants are poor".
In Argentina , there is a subgenus of drama known as Creole grotesque . Armando Discépolo , playwright and theater director, created the grotesque Creole from his work "Matthew" , released in 1923 .
The grotesque Creole is associated with sainete , a jocular drama of manners that emerged in Spain . In the Argentine case, the sainete was combined with the circus to tell stories that take place in the tenement houses (collective dwellings that in other countries are called tenants or neighborhood houses).