The Theater Institute promises “an act of reparation” to victims of harassment and abuse of power

BarcelonaThe director of the Institut del Teatre, Sílvia Ferrando, apologized on Monday to all those who “have felt their rights have been violated by the institution.” She said this during the opening ceremony of the academic year, which she said. “All these vulnerable people deserve an act of reparation,” said Ferrando, who added: “The Institution stands by the people who have been injured to change their history and from the present work. This is the real act of reparation, to modify the present. “The event was attended by the president of the Diputació de Barcelona, ​​Núria Marín, who also referred to cases of abuse of power and sexual harassment reported by students and alumni of the Institut del Teatre. “I don’t want to ignore the anomalous situation we experienced last year with allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment. Normalcy, in the face of this situation, means completely rejecting these behaviors and putting all means in place to prevent them, “he said.

The President of the Provincial Council has stressed that the aim is to “train excellent artists with the utmost respect for people”, and that “there is not and will not be room for situations such as those that have been reported and are already in the judicial sphere, to carry out a powerful and innovative Theater Institute, as always, and free from personal abuse “. In early October, the Public Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into alleged sexual harassment of Boris Dausà, a teacher at the Institut del Teatre, to whom the center had already opened a disciplinary case.

Tools for speaking “freely” about bodies

During the opening ceremony of the course, Ferrando emphasized that the Institut del Teatre has the “responsibility of leading and being the prescriber of the main debates around the performing arts”. He also stressed the need for the center and its classrooms to be spaces where “students and teachers have confidence and the tools to be able to speak with respect and freedom of each other’s bodies”, eschewing censorship and Puritanism. claimed a complex look and the ability to imagine other ways of doing, thinking and living to “get to explain the world in other ways”, and highlighted the role of professionals at the center, consisting of more than 200 teachers.

The event included the master class Mons impossible, by the co-founder of the cultural association A Bao A Qu, Laia Colell, and the filmmaker and Meritxell Colell. The composer Enric Montefusco also took part.


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