The Persona: the Lucidity of the Performer’s Path

An open performative lecture by Claudio Santana Bórquez (Chile), guest performer Paulina Krzeczkowska (Poland), co-directed by Francesca Bono (Italy), light designer Marta Pautrzak (Poland), and consulted by Grzegorz Ziółkowski

23 February 2016, 8 pm, The Theatre Laboratory Space, Wrocław, Poland

The main subject of the practical lecture, which combines theory and live action, is the deep impact of the actor’s practice on his/her life. The practitioner can be perceived as a source of human knowledge, which opens us towards an understanding of theatre practice as a concrete medium for real change in oneself and others. This medium embraces the simple human existence inside doing, the structuring of actions, and the silence of self-awareness.

Claudio Santana Bórquez in The Drunk, Poznań, 2015, photo Maciej Zakrzewski
Claudio Santana Bórquez in The Drunk, Poznań, 2015, photo Maciej Zakrzewski

Claudio Santana Bórquez actor, director, with a masters in theatre directing, Professor in the Theatre Department of Playa Ancha University, Valparaiso, Chile. Since 2010 he has been Artistic Director of the Performer Persona Project which explores body, sound, rhythm and live action. His performative works include: A Performative lecture: practice drama (2015), Losing the battle of (Ebro) Drunk (2014), Julia (2013), Like a dog in the sun (2013), Vigilia (Fondart 2012), and Performing nothing (2011). He has recently published the article ‘On the performer’s practice and lucidity at Gestos: Revista de Teoría y Práctica del Teatro Hispánico (November 2015). In 2013 he directed Lab Performer Studies. From 2008–2010 he was an actor at Laboratorio Permanente di Ricerca sull’Arte dell’Attore, Italy. In 2008 he participated in the Grotowski Institute’s Atelier and in Project Horizons by the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. As director of Teatro de la Peste (2002–2006), he has presented Yard Gal, Pincho Disney, Orwell 1984, Silence of God, Normal.