The Materials

Performing arts research workshop aimed at actors and actresses, dancers, directors and playwrights
From 16/07/2018 to 21/07/2018
Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Saturday: morning only)
380€ (lunch included)
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Total hours: 34h


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Course description

The director that this season moved the Teatre Lliure audience with El temps que estiguem junts is coming to the Beckett to teach a performing arts research workshop.

What do we do when we produce theatre? What are we engaging ourselves in? What training would be pertinent for stage work? What are our materials?

The aim of this workshop will be to focus each day on a different question related to the performing arts field (time, space, presence, senses, the word) and gradually discover the possible repercussions depending on whether our attention remains focused on one material or another.

Thinking of the performance as a putting into context rather than an exhibition of skills, we will deal with seeing how the body and the word are affected by the movement of our attention from one material to another. Trying to suspend judgement, with a curiosity that does not aim to understand, but to discover something that it does not know, we will let ourselves be carried away by the pure desire to know once more what being on the stage means.

Suggested reading:

BRESSON, Robert: Notas sobre el cinematógrafo (Ed. Ardora)
CHILLIDA, Eduardo: Escritos (Ed. La Fábrica)

Within the GREC 2018 Festival of Barcelona.

Pablo Messiez Messiez

In 2007 he made his debut as playwright and director with Antes, a very free version of Frankie i el casament (The Member of the Wedding) by American playwright Carson McCullers. At that time, however, Messiez had already been treading the boards for over 10 years. Prominent among his teachers were Ricardo Bartís, Juan Carlos Gené and Rubén Szuchmacher. He has also worked under the orders of directors such as Leonor Manso, Cristián Drut, Rubén Szuchmacher, Daniel Suárez Marsal and Emilio García Wehbi, among others.

In 2005, he took part in Un hombre que se ahoga, a version by Daniel Veronese of Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, a show that two years later could be seen at the Teatre Lliure. With Daniel Veronese he also worked on La forma que se despliega and La noche canta sus canciones by Jon Fosse, a work for which he was nominated for the Clarín Prize.

In 2010 he premiered Muda at the Sala Pradillo in Madrid and Ahora at the Teatro Fernán Gómez. One year later it was the turn of Los ojos, a telluric melodrama of which he is also the author.

In 2012, within the context of the Festival de Otoño a Primavera, he premiered Las criadas, an adaptation of the classic by Jean Genet. He also directed Las plantas for the first edition of the Fringe Madrid and formed part of the cast of Hamlet directed by Will Keen.

In 2013, he premiered, at the Festival de Otoño en primavera, Las palabras and in 2014, Los brillantes empeños, a production for the Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico in Almagro.

In 2015, he received the commission from the Centro Dramático Nacional to direct La piedra oscura by Alberto Conejero, a production that could be seen in Barcelona and for which he received the Max Prize for the best directing and the best production. That same year he premiered Los bichos at the Festival Teatro Bombón in Buenos Aires.

Also in 2015, Claudia Faci directed him in his version of A-creedores, premiered at the Sala Pradillo during the Festival de Otoño en primavera.
In 2016, he premiered La distancia, a stage version of the novel Distancia de Rescate by Samanta Schweblin, and two of his own works: Ningún aire de ningún sitio, premiered at the Centro Dramático Nacional, and Todo el tiempo del mundo, premiered at the Teatro Palacio Valdés in Avilés and the Naves del Español at the Matadero de Madrid.

Also that year he published Las palabras de las obras, a compilation of some of his texts, edited by Continta Me Tienes. In 2017 at the Teatro de la Abadía he premiered the Santiago Loza text He nacido para verte sonreír (nominated for this work for the Valle Inclán prizes) and Bodas de sangre by Federico García Lorca at the Sala María Guerrero of the Centro Dramático Nacional.

In 2018 he wrote and directed for the Kompanyia Lliure El temps que estiguem junts, premiered at the Espai Lliure. In parallel with his work as an actor, author and director, he has gradually developed his teaching activity through different courses and institutions (Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Estudio 3 in Madrid, Universidad Menéndez Pelayo in Santander, La Térmica in Málaga, Teatro del Barrio and El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze in Madrid, among others).

He has published Asymmetrical-Motion; Notas sobre pedagogía y movimiento – co-written with Lucas Condró – and Las palabras de las obras, a compilation of part of his own texts.

He currently lives and works in Madrid.

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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