Pere Faura



Theatre is the live art form; it can exist only through the physical coming together of performers and audience. At the same time, the contact arising between these two parties is always limited, unequal and temporary. Like people in real life, actors and audience can reach and understand one another only partially. The tension this creates and the existential loneliness to which this tension relates form the driving force behind the work of young Spanish choreographer Pere Faura (1980). In his productions, he makes repeated, honest attempts to enter into a direct relationship with his audience, in order to show how these attempts always fail. 

To do so, he makes a great deal of use of a medium that determines our sensation of the live event like no other: the camera. Allowing (live) video images to chafe against the real – but also artificial – here-and-now of theatre, he is able to evoke strong feelings of asynchronicity, of presence of absence:
‘I am fascinated by the possibilities of approaching the audience using ‘just’ yourself. How can I create mechanisms on stage that ensure that I don’t feel alone? This is one reason why I use video: it allows me to reproduce myself, literally. Or present myself to others, from outside the world of the theatre.'