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Roger Bernat : Domini Públic | by Marc Wathieu
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Roger Bernat : Domini Públic

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Place du Jeu de Balle / Vossenplein, Brussels, may 7, 2009.


About Domini Públic :

Domini Públic is (like) a game. A life-size board game in which the spectator is more than just a pawn. Theatre-maker Roger Bernat assembles a group of people – the Kunstenfestivaldesarts audience – on the Place du Jeu de Balle / Vossenplein. Who are they, where do they come from and what is their relationship to each other? They walk across the square while listening to a series of questions and instructions on their headphones. Were you born in Brussels? Take one step to the side. Do you always sleep on the same side of the bed? Put up your hand. Some are more innocent than others. The same can’t be said for the result; through the participants’ simple movements, small groups start to form in the audience. These micro communities expose underlying social patterns and tell a tale that Bernat carefully orchestrates. While Domini Públic starts off looking like a 3D poll brought to life, the project ends up transforming into a bizarre fiction. This Catalan theatre-maker goads on the spectator, who plays a central role in this project, without requiring him to bare himself as an individual.


About Roger Bernat :

Catalan director Roger Bernat (°1968) is a leading figure in the performing arts in Spain. 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.


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Taken on May 7, 2009