Listening as a tool for performing arts training

Performing arts investigation workshop for actors and everyone interested in performance.
Teacher: Pablo Messiez ,
From 26/07/2021 to 30/07/2021
Monday to Friday from 10a.m. to 2p.m.
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Total hours: 20h


Course description

This course will be taught in person. Should it ultimately not be possible to hold it at the Sala Beckett, it will be cancelled.

In “representation” only two of the fourteen letters allude to the act of repeating. The other twelve refer to the action of presenting. However,“the terrible habit of theatre” means that the coefficient of the present gradually decreases under the weight of the repetition.

In the face of this habitual danger, the action of listening turns out to be a powerful tool for being there again and remembering that, since without a present there is no theatre, the body must always be open to its lack of foreseeability, like an alert animal, listening to the heartbeat of things.

In this workshop we will occupy ourselves with the action of listening and the mystery of its repercussion on the body. The idea is to perform a series of exercises that put the focus on this sense, not as a medium for resolving a scene, but as a way of accepting it as a process of development that is never completely resolved.

Each participant must have a text learned by heart, of no longer than a page and no less than half a page.
Suggested reading:
-CAGE, John, Silencio. Ediciones Ardora
-OLIVEROS, Pauline, Deep listening. Una práctica para la composición sonora. EdictOràlia

Within the GREC 2021 Festival of Barcelona.

Pablo Messiez participates in the project Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe

Pablo Messiez

Pablo Messiez made his debut in 2007 as dramaturg and director of Antes, a very free version of The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers. At that time, Messiez already had over 20 years of experience on the stages as an actor, taking part in, among others, the show Un hombre que se ahoga by Daniel Veronese (a version of Anton Chekhov’s play Three Sisters).

In 2010 he premiered Muda (a play he authored which ran for two seasons at the Teatro Pradillo in Madrid). The Teatro Fernán Gómez selected him to inaugurate its new Sala Dos and he produced Ahora in January 2011. On that same day, he premiered Los ojos, a new work which he authored. In 2012, at the Festival de Otoño en Primavera, he premiered Las criadas, an adaptation of the classic The Maids by Jean Genet, and he also took to the stage Las plantas for the first edition of Fringe Madrid.

In 2013, he premiered at the Festival de Otoño en Primavera, Las palabras. In 2014 he created, as a commission for the International Festival of Classical Theatre of Almagro, Los brillantes empeños, based on texts from Spain’s Golden Age. In 2015 he directed La piedra oscura by Alberto Conejero (for which he received the Max Prize for the best director and the best show) and premiered his text Los bichos. One year later, he premiered La distancia, a stage version of the novel Distancia de rescate by Samanta Schweblin, and two of his own texts: Ningún aire de ningún sitio and Todo el tiempo del mundo.

In 2018 for the Kompanyia Lliure he wrote and directed El temps que estiguem junts, which he premiered at the Teatre Lliure (Young Critics’ Award – Jury’s Award for New Voices 2018) and was nominated for the Valle Inclán Awards for his production of He nacido para verte sonreír. That same year, he premiered at the Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires the stage version of Cae la noche tropical by Manuel Puig.

In 2019, he was invited by the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid to direct its version of La verbena de la Paloma and that same year he wrote and directed Las Canciones. His latest production to date was Los días felices by Samuel Beckett for the Centro Dramático Nacional.

He has published Asymmetrical-Motion; Notas sobre pedagogía y movimiento (in co-authorship with Lucas Condró), Las palabras de las obras (compilation of part of his texts), El tiempo que estemos juntos, Las canciones and El texto infinito, all published by Continta Me Tienes.

Important information

Admission to the course will be based on order of arrival and CV assessment, which should be sent (with photograph included), filling in the form on the right.

Places on courses are limited. Places will be reserved once the course amount has been paid. Payment must be made within one week of receiving the corresponding acceptance email.

The dates indicated for each course or seminar may be subject to variations in exceptional circumstances. These will be notified when applicable.

For the course to take place, a minimum number of students must be registered. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the student will have the option of registering for a different course (providing that there are places available) or alternatively will receive a refund of the amount paid (100%). If a student withdraws, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be applicable, providing that written notice is given at least 10 days before the start of the course.

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