Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Theatre

Bernardo Rey, Spring Semester 2010


Bernardo Rey 2

In the Spring of 2010, the Butler Department of Theatre is pleased to bring Columbian born director - designer and mask artist Bernardo Rey as Guest Artist in Residence. While at Butler, Mr. Rey will teach seminars in Mask Construction/ Performance and in Scenography/ The Essential Object, and will direct our final mainstage production of the season.

Mr. Rey studied at the National School of Dramatic Arts of Bogota (ENAD), the studio of incision "La Huella," the academy of painting of David Manzur in Bogotà, and the Academia di Belle Arte of Florence. He participated at the fourth session of the ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology), directed by Eugenio Barba. For 3 years he participated at the Laboratory Theatre and Theatre of Sources, both directed by Jerzy Grotowski. He continued this work an additional year with Rizsard Cieslak (principal actor of Grotowski) in the Paris performance "Mon Pauvre Fedia."

With Beatriz Camargo, he created the Teatro Itinerante del Sol, a group dedicated to the study of pre-Columbian American myths: actors trained in research and the use of masks, and toured their performances in South America and Europe.

In Italy he and Nube Sandoval created the Centre of Theatre Research (Teatro Cenit). His work has focused on the research and application of the visual arts in the performing arts, creating sceneries, masks, objects and theatrical machines, sculptures and posters for groups in Columbia, Europe, and the USA.

Mr Rey's award winning directing credits include:

  • Eart, Columbia
  • Proyecto Shakespeare 1492
  • De Claro en Claro Selected as one of the best performances by the Ministry of Culture of Columbia, 1996
  • Melquiades Mundi, viajero de Ur produced by the Festival Iberoamericano of Bogotà
  • The Tempestad, una Isla Flotante por el Rio Magdalena produced by the Ministry of Culture of Columbia
  • The Carreta de la Cultura produced by the Mayor's office of Bogotà
  • The Verb of the Birds Italy
  • Campocruz, Story of one Eradicated Italy
  • Menhires Ars Memoriæ currently in Tournè in Europe
  • Il Verbo degli Invisibile, winner of the International Biennial of Theatre and Psychiatry, Padova, and second prize at the Roma Teatro Festival, Italy

He has been an invited guest teacher/artist with Bread and Puppet Theatre (Vermont), Fort Lewis College, (Colorado), International Symposium for Directors, organized by La Mama Umbria International (Spoleto, Italy), Accademia Silvio D'Amico (Rome), Donato Sartori both at his Centro di Maschere e Strutture Gestuali and at the Ecole International de Marionette (Charleville, France). He was recently invited by the University of India to direct a performance with masks based on the universe of Garcia Marquez.

Bernardo Rey's most recent works include:

  • Il Verbo degli Invisibili directed by Bernardo Rey and Nube Sandoval, produced by CIR- Italian Council of Refugees (Naples).
  • Premier of Sogni dall'Esilio directed by Bernardo Rey and Nube Sandoval for the International Journal -ONU- for Refugees Victime of Torture. Organized by CIR, in the Cloister Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, Rome.
  • Workshop The Mask's Universe in Amelia, Italy.
  • Participation in the Mindelact Festival 2007 (Capo Verde, Africa)
  • La Centa (Dinnertime), a multidisciplinary installation that includes masks of glass, video, texts, water, space, etc. Its theme is the contrast between abundance and misery. The installation opened in Rome and then toured Europe.
  • Voices of Babel in support of United Nation's day recognizing Victims of Torture. Directed by Nube Sandoval and Bernardo Rey with the participants of the Theatre Laboratory of the VI-TO project (Help and Cure for victims of Torture) of the Italian Council for Refugees -CIR-.Teatro India, Roma
  • Mask, Myth, Science and Body 5° International School of the Biodrama (Columbia)
    The goal of the School is to propitiate experience through the interrelation between different expressions of arts, crafts and antique knowledge based on myths related to nature.