El público + The Audience
30 Aug17:00First performanceJahrhunderthalle Bochum, BochumDampfgebläsehaus
The Argentinian writer, theatre and film director Mariano Pensotti, whose Ruhrtriennale production Diamante was highly acclaimed not only on the Ruhr but also in Vienna and Berlin, has made two films about theatre audiences: one in Athens and the other in Buenos Aires. Both films about a fictional audience are portraits of the respective cities and their inhabitants.
The audience enters the theatre. They each take their seats. In the film The Audience we don’t see the performance about a woman in resistance during the second world war. In El Público we see an audience reading the programme brochure about a play, whose subject is the Argentinian public debt default in 2001. There is a cut to the end of the performance and the audience leaves the auditorium. The camera follows eleven people and in a series of individual filmed episodes we hear how each of them experienced their evening in the theatre. What they have to say about the complex plays they have seen are at the same time stories about their experience of society in the particular cities.
The film El Público was first shown in January 2020 at the FIBA theatre festival in Buenos Aires, both films have their German premiere at the Ruhrtriennale 2020.
The Audience was commissioned and produced by Onassis Stegi. El público is a coproduction between Grupo Marea and Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (FIBA)
Language information: Multilingual with English subtitles.
|Concept, Direction||Mariano Pensotti|