Sergio Blanco is one of Uruguay’s most interesting and international playwrights today, the author of Tebasland and La ira de Narciso, which could be seen at the Temporada Alta festival, is coming to Barcelona to teach a playwriting course.
The focus of study for this seminar is the subject of stage autofiction and its various forms of execution, which range from auto-representation to auto-biography and include auto-figuration, auto-narration, auto-reference, auto-incarnation and auto-narration.
Based on the study of some key texts that are founders of the self-writing genre through the use of a self that self-confesses to a potential reader, the seminar will try to investigate the poetic possibilities that are activated when a self decides to put itself forward, making its lived experience its principal vehicle for intervention and creation when proposing different forms of naming oneself and representing oneself.
The question that this seminar would ask itself wouldbe: is it possible to auto-represent oneself on the stage? Or to be more risky in the question that will guide our entire inquiry: is it possible to speak as oneself on stage when our theatrical pact forces us anthropologically – in other words ethically and aesthetically – not to be ourselves?
And although it is evident that this second question will call on the famous Isabelline formula of “to be or not to be” – a formula that we usually quote when we tackle the subject of identity in the theatre – our research project will propose as an alternative to the famous Shakespearian doubt another possibility that will venture to affirm that perhaps it is also possible to be and not to be at the same time. That will be our question …
Taking support from solid theoretical media that define, explain and articulate the mechanisms and functioning of theatrical autofiction – and that will be facilitated via a bibliography –the seminar will have as its main objective to offer participants:
- A space for reflection and analysis close to specific procedures of theatrical autofiction–doing is more than anything being able to produce a thought around our activity–;
- A set of “tools” that will enable practise and exercise around the diagramming of a personal production, in other words, the production and execution of a possible theatrical autofiction.
Taking as a fundamental principle the exchange and permanent confrontation of ideas, of experiences and of practices, this seminar will feature a dynamics that is as theoretical as it is practical:
- First of all, an approach of an especially theoretical type will be proposed in the exhibition, analysis and discussion of different concepts – and the systematic presentation of the corresponding bibliographic sources. to be able to thus favour a constant space for reflection and study;
- In parallel, this theoretical approach will be constantly accompanied by a practical dynamic that will propose to participants a “laboratory” work around the stage execution of a possible autofiction based on the theoretical precepts tackled, to be able to favour, thus, a production space.
Within the GREC 2017 Festival of Barcelona.