The “Blind people Lab: darkness, sound and imagination“ was created in the theatre school from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile during the 16, 17, 18 and 19 of January of 2017. This instance was organized and financed by Persona Theater Company and counted with the collaboration of FITAM and The Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
The exploration was based in three areas: sound, darkness and imagination. Ten blind people between the ages of 28 and 83 participated and ten members of Persona Theater Company. The objective was to open a free space for exploration, created specifically so that blind men and women could recognize the blind culture as a specific zone of creation. By this means, scenic exercises were made that deepen the sound aspects of theater expression. The point of this work was to grab the blind experience as a starting point for the development of an actor’s language approached from perceptive fields that are distinguished for not having the vision as a privileged sense, for its execution as well as for the viewing of the scenic material.
In this instance, contradictions and reflections about the traditional codes in which a scene is formed came up inevitably. Without a doubt, notions such as „ normality“ were invalidated by dealing with categories incapable of assuming the diverse manifestations that a human being expresses themselves and the constant transformation of the experience we understand as “what is real”.