Enrique Vargas & Teatro de los Sentidos #3: Sensorial Theater and Dramaturgy
Workshop with the world famous director and dramatist ENRIQUE VARGAS
The workshop aims at exploring the basic elements to develop a dramaturgy for a sensorial immersive experience in the landmark style of the company.
The work will start focusing on the poetics of curiosity and expectation. Later on, it will dive into the relationship between body and space. Eventually, it will explore what a dramaturgical structure means in the context of sensorial theatre. Concepts like “framework” and “imaginary” and the itinerary from expectation to resolution and ultimately culmination will articulate the process.
- What is the difference between “archetype” and “stereotype”. How can we use the former in the context of body memory?
- How can we evoke without imposing?
- How can we, as performers, be in control of an experience, yet avoiding the “presence” of an actor who commands the stage to make the audience the real centre of the piece?
- What is the difference between information and experience?
- How can we create the conditions for a poetic experience which goes beyond aesthetics to facilitate an inner transformation?
The methodology will be mainly practical. The participants will create individual and group sensorial experiences indoors and outdoors for each other and evaluate them together with the instructors. In this process, a series of experiences will be selected and further developed.
Teatro de los Sentidos is an international group of artists-researchers based in Barcelona with 20 years of experience under the artistic direction of the company’s founder, Colombian anthropologist and dramaturge Enrique Vargas. Hand in hand, they create "games" to research the poetics of the senses.
They have developed a methodology, which connects the sensorial languages, the poetics of games and theatrical creation. They build experiences, which blur the line between audience and actors in traditional theater schemes to foster an interactive and creative participation of the audience in which they can explore labyrinthine spaces which, in the end, become an extension of their own psyche.
Teatro de los Sentidos has toured with its productions to most of the main art festivals in Europe and America as well as Asia and Oceania. In Denmark, it has presented the productions The Echo of the Shadow (2005), City Puzzle (2009), Orakler (2012) and Heart of Darkness (2014) at REPUBLIQUE and Metropolis Festival.
Fundamentally a research-based group, the company has developed an extensive educational program through their School of the Senses, with an on-going program in Barcelona and Pistoia (Italy) including a Postgraduate course and a Master's Degree in Poetics of Play with the University of Girona (Spain).
In 1946 at the age of six, he entered the world of theatre by inventing games in the Andean landscape of his Colombian hometown. He used to invite neighbours and friends to play with him and hide from grownups in the intricate coffee plantations where they created fantastic stories full of surprise and imagery.
As an adult, he set himself to retrieve the spirit of those forbidden games and to develop a poetic of the senses that would endow them with meaning. This research took him to the National Drama School in Bogota and to Michigan where he studied theatre anthropology. In USA, he set up street performances in Commedia dell’Arte style as part of Harlem’s festivities with New York’s La Mamma theatre, and worked on Poetics of the Object with Peter Schuman from Bread and Puppet.
After that, he spent 20 years researching games, myths, and rituals from the Colombian Amazonic region, and teaching Dramatic Art of the Sensory Image at Colombia’s National University. This research inspired the foundation of Teatro de los Sentidos and its first trademark labyrinth production Ariadna's Thread, which soon launched the company into Europe where many of the current members of the company joined in.
Now Enrique lives in Barcelona, where he continues to be the Artistic Director of the Company and of Caixa d’Eines, the headquarters in Spain of the School of the Senses. A box of research and creative tools in the Polvorí (an old gunpowder factory in Barcelona) without any expectations of finding an answer.
Because for him questions are more than enough.
In 2002, Eva Pérez joined Teatro de los Sentidos as a co-creator and inhabitant of their installation-performances, as well as an instructor of the company’s educational platform including a Master’s degree in collaboration with the University of Girona.
Arianna Marano has been a member of Teatro de los Sentidos since 1999, being a co-creator of the productions from this year on. She is currently the company's Artistic Coordinator.
Originally trained as an actress and dancer studying in Paolo Grassi Academy in Milan, she started her career in 1987 with Dario Fo's theatre company. Since 2003 she has been working as” clown doctor” in differents hospitals in Italy fo Theodora onlus foundation. As of late, she has also directed the children's clown show “Chapiteau” and collaborated with Anna Ruchat for a documentary for Swiss TV with Kidzdream project.