‘I think Nuria Legarda has the knowledge, talent, intelligence and courage as a director and performer to crystallise these qualities in her theatre: emotion, truth and beauty.’ Julio Manrique, actor and theatre director, Barcelona.
Productions and research and development projects are supported and commissioned by national and international theatres, renowned festivals and performing art centres.
Productions inhabit a variety of forms: scenic pieces, installations, site specific pieces and videos.
A priority of the work is to consider the role and position of the audience, and to endeavour towards an aesthetic audio-visual experience, which both mesmerises and disturbs.
As a starting point, a set of philosophical questions about life are posited. These questions work as the fundamental engine used to generate material in every scenic language as well the dramaturgical frame of the piece. The coexistence of the languages arises to enrich one another in a multi-layered dramaturgy, allowing a variety of stratum and meanings for a subjective audience interpretation.
The productions involve artists from different disciplines such as dance, theatre, film, photography, puppetry, installation and media. The practice is rooted in thorough artistic research in each of these fields.
The pieces conceive new forms of expression at the intersection between physical theatre, dance theatre, visual theatre and multimedia theatre. Consequently, they are less concerned with the demonstration of technique more with the intention that drives the material.
Research and Development Projects are dedicated to develop Nuria Legarda’s scenic writing, which is aimed towards:
• Research into new forms of expression
• Discovery of multi-layered collisions which occur between different disciplines
• To promote an exchange of ideas.
• Experimentation with physicality and visual forms.
• The search for common and singular materials, which arise from different fields.
• Exploration of stage research from an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective.
• Encouragement to share participant’s respective expertise on contemporary themes of interest
• Consideration of the audience as a vital component of performance.
The different types of Research and Development Projects are organised according to the following:
• RESEARCH BRIDGE: organised with other artists or companies, which share common interests in scenic forms. These projects create cultural bridges within different artistic
• LABORATORY: a work in progress, focussed on a specific chosen theme, with a mind to artistic exploration and generation of material for a future production. The practice helps to build connections in the collective exchange and stimulates dialogue between artists, specialists and audience members.
• Q&A: an initiative for audiences to meet and talk to the director and the artistic team after having showcased a work in progress. It consists of contextualising the project and describing the devising process, and then of listening to and reflecting upon the public’s feedback as a means of further research.