While studying law, philosophy, and criminology at the University of Chile, Marco Layera also studied acting at the drama school La Matriz in Valparaiso and at the school Imagen. In 2007, he founded the company La Re-sentida, which employs young Chilean actors who share his conception of art in general and drama in particular as tools of political thought, necessarily innovative and subversive. With them, Marco Layera has performed in many theatres and festivals throughout the world, and in particular in Europe. He has also created works that question current scenography techniques within the framework of two different projects, “Elencos ciudadanos” (“Citizens Elencos”) and “Laboratorios de montaje” (“Editing Labs”). A recipient of the Eugenio Guzmán award from the University of Chile, he has written articles for the magazine Apuntes, published by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and for Alias, a supplement to the newspaper Il Manifesto. After Simulacro (The Simulacrum) and Tratando de hacer una obra que cambie el mundo (Trying to create a play that will change the world), a cheerful play designed to bring people together, Marco Layera and his actors questioned the legacy of Salvador Allende by reenacting the final speech he gave during the coup led by General Pinochet in La Imaginacion del futuro (The Imagination of the Future), which played at the Festival d'Avignon in 2014.
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