Teatre d’amadors seeks to influence amateur actors’ ability to fictionalise and to make visible the awareness and management of the symbolic value of the group. It is in amateur theatre that the actor never disappears behind the character but remains present onstage in his or her social role, in a theatre in which actors and public are often interchangeable and form part of the same social group.
The El Centre amateur dramatics group, from the Gràcia neighbourhood in Barcelona, has been invited to work on a piece in their repertory (La Rambla de les floristes, by Josep Maria de Sagarra) but with a significant difference, the absence of one of the actors. Their task is to avoid the ‘practical’ solution – finding someone to stand in for the missing actor – and instead to foster the ‘affective’ approach in order to shed light on the discourse and to raise the visibility of the ties between the company’s members.
The project is intended to bear testimony to the entire working, emotional and aesthetic process that emerges from this fictional pact. A series of rehearsals and working sessions will be staged in front of a camera in October and November.
The resulting film will be publicly screened at El Centre, the group’s home theatre. Afterwards, there will be a conversation with the artist and people associated with the project, followed by the presentation of the project book.
Venue: Teatre El Centre de Gràcia, Carrer Ros de Olano, 9
Date: Saturday 21 January 2017
Time: 8.30 pm
Duration: 60 minutes