Resident Author 19/20

The aim of the Teatre Principal’s call for a Resident Author is to help promote an author from the Balearics who writes in Catalan and who is developing a dramatic writing project that is in line with the theatre's artistic direction. Throughout the 2019/2020 season, both Rafel Gallego and Laura Marte will be the Resident Authors who will develop the project La brigada invisible over the year, which will be staged in the Small Hall in June 2020.

They are the invisible link in the chain: the back that supports a rapacious business model, the lumbago that is mass tourism. The Kellys, women-who-clean, hotel chambermaids, between them combine concepts that almost always go hand-in-hand: migration, job insecurity, gender discrimination and sweat and toil, at times extreme, to earn a living. But for several years now, the Kellys have also symbolised the fight, the organised fight, to emerge from the shadows and obtain the occupational and social regulatory protections that belong to them: a battle played out in the media and at an institutional level that has recently resulted in several partial victories. This project sets out to shine a spotlight on this fight, through testimonials from the only players in this story: the women themselves. 

Over several days of work, the artist Laura Marte and playwright Rafel Gallego, together with the Kellys Union Balear collective, have shared concerns and certainties, sincerely expressed about their profession and always through the prism of a commitment to feminism and the defence of equality between men and women. Stereotypes, prejudices, job exploitation and the risks they are subject to have been worked on. This joint effort has resulted in a concrete proposal on the dialectic-artistic convergence that the women want for the project: a stage play where everything spoken and enacted will serve as a central thread and be complemented by parallel activities such as symposiums, workshops, debates, etc., all with the prime objective of giving greater prominence to the cause of the Kellys.