Experimental Theatre: Public Domain by Roger Bernat.
Review by Esther Belvis Pons.http://www.furtherfield.org/features/reviews/experimental-theatre-public-domain-roger-bernat
Esther Belvis Pons' writes about Roger Bernat's experimental theatre work 'Public Domain'. The piece, still on tour, has been performed in public spaces around the world. This audience-centred project invites individuals to participate in an engaging experience that emerges as a sociological choreography. The audience gathers in a public square and they are given a pair of headphones, fulfilling the narrative possibilities of the group using statistical tools.
Pons is a researcher-artist and educator that has worked with experimental theatre companies around Europe. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies by the University of Warwick and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her main interests include audience participation and mediatized performance, collaborative methods of research and transductive pedagogies. She collaborates with different journals as a writer and she is co-editor of Efímera, a biannual journal specialized in Live Art in Latin America and Spain. http://theunusualtask.wordpress.com/
Roger Bernat - After studying architecture, he discovered theatre and at the age of 25 he entered the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona to study directing and dramaturgy. Soon after, he founded and directed, with Tomàs Aragay, the company General Elèctrica. Well known in Catalonia for their daring and engaged projects, General Elèctrica (1997-2001) created a dozen remarkable productions. Roger Bernat often concentrates on a variety of social groups (heroes, transsexuals, cab drivers, etc.) in his ongoing search for new theatrical forms. His best-known plays include Que algú em tapi la boca (2001), Bona gent (2003) in collaboration with Juan Navarro, Amnèsia de fuga (2004), LA LA LA LA (2004), Tot és perfecte (2005) and Das Paradies Experiment (2007). Apart from his stage work, Roger Bernat also directs videos. http://rogerbernat.info/en/