The Fragmented Portrait

Advanced Playwriting Seminar
From 16/07/2018 to 18/07/2018
From Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
225€ (lunch included)
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Total hours: 18h


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Course description

The author of George Kaplan, which was a complete sell-out a few seasons back, is returning to the Sala Beckett to offer a course on character creation.

How does one create a portrait of an individual, of a character, from a polyphony? How does one create a fragmentary or staggered dramaturgy, which is more suitable than a linear one for reconstituting the plurality of facets of an identity or recomposing the multiplicity of an individual?

Working the start of the writing of a work based on the portrayal of a character who is real or imaginary, historical or nondescript, known or unknown, the workshop will approach the writing method and dramaturgical search as if it were a research project. What is the best way of researching? How do we accumulate and compile materials? In summary, how do we structure a play?

Participants will be invited to work on a dramaturgical project based around a character and to follow a practical and theoretical writing process.

Within the GREC 2017 Festival of Barcelona.

Frédéric Sonntag

Frédéric Sonntag is an author and director. In 2001, upon emerging from the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris he founded the company AsaNIsiMAsa and worked on the creation of his own texts: Disparu(e)(s), Intrusion, Des heures entières avant l’exil, Nous étions jeunes alors, Toby ou le saut du chien, Incantations, Dans la zone intérieure, Sous contrôle, The Shaggs, George Kaplan, Benjamin Walter and B. Traven. His plays have been published in the Tapuscrit collection of the Théâtre Ouvert, by Avant-Scène Théâtre and by Éditions Théâtrales. He was awarded a grant by the Centre National du Livre, an award from the Beaumarchais foundation and on several occasions he has been awarded a creation grant by the Centre National du Théâtre. Since 2009, he has participated in various international events: the Obrador d’estiu at the Sala Beckett (Barcelona), the 10th European Contemporary Dramaturgy Festival (Santiago de Chile), Dramaturgias Cruzadas (Buenos Aires), Corps de Texte Europe (Bulgaria and Belgium), Encontros de Novas Dramaturgias Contemporaneas (Lisbon), Festival Primeurs (Saarbrücken), Festival For Ny Europaeisk Dramatik (Copenhagen) and Escriure i dirigir (Finland). Between 2009-2010 he was resident author at the Panta-Théâtre in Caen, for which he wrote Soudaine timidité des crépuscules (taken to the stage in 2011). In February 2011, in Sophia, his play Sous contrôle was performed and in March 2011, Intrusión in Santiago de Chile. His works have been translated into German, Spanish (Chile, Argentina), Bulgarian, Catalan, Portuguese, Czech, Finnish and Danish.

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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