Salvador Távora, Lluís Pasqual, Guillermo Heras, Gloria Muñoz and Juan Ruesga.
Moderated by: Cristina Santolaria
Diverse researchers specialised in the theatre staging from this period will discuss its context in history, the role of political militancy in its development, and its mythologies and legacy. What remains today from independent theatre?
Actor, stage designer, and a leading figure in independent theatre in Spain. In 1971 he founded the theatre company La Cuadra, in which he composed over twenty works, including Quejío
(1972-1975), Nanas de espinas
(1982-1985), Piel de toro
(1985-1987), Picasso andaluz o la muerte del minotauro
(1996) and Mayorales
(2004), to name but a few. In 2007 La Cuadra opened its own permanent theatre, Teatro Salvador Távora, which has since been the venue for the theatre productions of the artist and his company.
Lluís Pasqual. Theatre director. Founder of Teatre Lliure, Barcelona, in 1976, where he directed Camí de nit, his first stage project. In 1983 he became director of the National Drama Centre - Teatro María Guerrero, in Madrid. From 1990 to 1996 he directed Odéon - Théâtre de l’Europe, Paris, and was head of stage design at the Venice Biennale between 1995 and 1996. From 1998 to 2000 he co-directed the Teatre Lliure and in 2004 he joined the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao as artistic advisor. Since 2011, and for the second time, he has been director of Teatre Lliure.
Guillermo Heras. Actor and theatre director. He has directed the Tábano Group (1974–1983) and the National Centre of New Theatre Trends (1983–1993), and is editor of the collections Nuevo Teatro Español (New Spanish Theatre), Nueva Escena (New Stage) and Teatro Español Contemporáneo (Contemporary Spanish Theatre). Moreover, he is the founder of the Teatro del Astillero theatre company, and is currently director of the Muestra de Teatro Español de Autores Contemporáneos (Festival of Contemporary Authors of Spanish Theatre). He was awarded the Premio Nacional de Teatro (National Theatre Award) in 1994, and the Premio Lorca de Teatro (Lorca Theatre Award) in 1997.
Gloria Muñoz. Actress. In 1970 she joined the Tábano Group with Castañuela 70, directed by Juan Margallo. With Tábano she has worked on a number of staging projects, which include La soledad de Robinsón Crusoe, La ópera del bandido and Cambio de tercio. With Los Goliardos she performed in La boda de los pequeños burgueses, directed by Ángel Facio. In 1978 she moved to Barcelona, to the La Villaroel theatre, to join the company La Favorita, performing Sopa de mijo para cenar and Tenía dos pistolas con los ojos blancos y negros, directed by José A. Ortega.
Juan Ruesga. Stage designer. He has developed an important body of work in theory and analysis through his publications and lectures at numerous universities and institutions. At present, he is director of the research centre Ruesga Theater Lab, vice-president of the Academy of Theatre Arts of Spain, and vice-president of the OISTAT Association Spain (Organisation Internationale des Scénografes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théatre). Moreover, he is a guest lecturer in the M.A. in Live Performing Arts at the University of Seville, and professor of the M.A. in Advanced Theatre Studies at the International University of La Rioja.