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Tidligere kursus 2015

THEATRE AND PARTICIPATION

LIGNA’s TANZ ALLER BEWEGUNGSCHOR, Photo by Anja Beutler

Performances ● artist talks ● lectures ● workshop

The symposium, in cooperation with the European theatre school network École des Écoles, will focus on the new forms of interactivity in the performing arts. Everything can be turned upside down to create a new reality in the theatre. A reality where artists reach out to the human being in all of us, and seek for the authentic in the art; while the audience can no longer remain passive but must engage in new ways. What kind of aesthetic and ethical considerations does this create among theatre artists, and how does it affect the audience?

 

Performances

TANZ ALLER – EIN BEWEGUNGSCHOR by LIGNA (DE) in connection with Cph Stage.
The audience is invited to participate in a movement choir:
Can the individual gesture, which succumbs to mechanization, be developed into collective gesture? In the 1920ies a movement of movement choirs was spreading out all over Europe, masses dancing modern in the way Rudolph Laban developed with dancers like Mary Wigman. As public mass dances they wanted to make everyone a dancer, an political agenda that already defines dance also as a social practice. Nowadays many public interventions in city space are dealing with dancing masses - time to reflect the ambivalent predecessor. Read more about the performance here: www.ligna.blogspot.com
 

BLIND HAMLET by Actors Touring Company (UK), a guest performance at Teater GROB
When the future starts looking black, what would you do? Travel the world? Reconnect with your family? Take up a new hobby? In Blind Hamlet, Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour confronts the slow loss of his sight and the fact that he’s never read Hamlet. But with tragedy looming, he chooses instead to play with the truth and fiction, chance and fate. A surprise-laden meditation on what it means to act and interact in a shrinking world, Blind Hamlet is theatre about choices in which the audience chooses. Read more about the performance here: www.atctheatre.com/productions/blind-hamlet
 

Lectures

Conducting the audience by Tobias Trier (DK), composer, singer, actor
Singer, musician, composer, actor, and writer. Educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music 1996. Tobias is mainly known for his song writing-skills in his native language Danish and for his enthusiastic performances, incorporating humor, improvis​a​tion and poetry in many styles of music. He has done 7 albums with his own songs. He has also written music for films and theater and teach songwriting. He also works as an actor, primarily making theater for children. He will be doing a 20 minutes excerpt from his upcoming solo-theater-show "Dirigenten" (The conductor). And after that there will be an open debate about ways of including the audience.


Interactive Theatre: Concepts, Strategies, Ethics by Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen (DK), PhD candidate Stockholm University
These years see a variety of ways that theatre involves audience in performances: environments, installations, audio-walks, flash-mobs, dance, role-playing, etc. Many call these forms immersive theatre, others categorize them as participatory theatre, and some prefer interactive theatre. Colloquial use of terms seems to be subject to certain confusion and laissez-faire; what is what, how do we distinguish between them, and what they are good for, is sometimes admittedly hard to tell. In my research I have opted for an understanding of all theatre as participatory, and some forms as immersive and still fewer interactive. My lecture will focus on concepts for interactive theatre as distinguished from other forms of participation. Interactive theatre is the one form that poses the most imminent challenges to both audience and actors, and thus may serve as cardinal example of the concerns raised by these modes of theatre. Interactive acting as an art form appears to have been neglected by training and research to such a degree that they are not up-to-date with practice. Drawing on among others the work of Augusto Boal (Brazil), Gary Izzo (USA), SIGNA (DK & Austria) and Poste Restante (Sweden), my lecture will facilitate a discussion on possible strategies for working with the audience as co-actors and the dramaturgical and ethical issues raised by these strategies.
 

Including the spectator by Jens Christian Lauenstein Led (DK), dramaturg at Aalborg Theatre
The lecture will focus on the Borgerscenen, The Citizens Stage, at Aalborg Teater, where I have been one of two leaders for the last two years. In this branch of Aalborg Teater, we produce fully professional performances with untrained citizens on stage and no actors. My lecture will lay out our original intentions and motivations; I will explain what we accomplished so far; and I will – for further discussion – point at a few critical challenges facing this specific form of theatre, aesthetically, ethically and commercially. Résumé: Born 1972 in Denmark, 2003 Master of Arts in Dramaturgy and Literature History at the University of Aarhus, 2003-2006 working on a Ph.D. project on political commitment in contemporary German theatre (unfinished). 2006-2009 teaching in dramaturgy at the University of Aarhus and the Playwright Education at Aarhus Teater and working as a freelance dramaturge with among others Christian Lollike at Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin. Since 2009 dramaturge at Aalborg Teater and Leader of its Borgerscene.


Showcase of work from students and teachers of The Danish National School of Performing Arts


Workshop

Workshop facilitated by Erik Pold (DK), director, choreographer, performer, curator and Mikkel Flyvholm (DK), director, and from fall 2015 head of acting at the Danish School of Performing Arts.
In this workshop we are going to look at ways of working with audience participation as part of a performance, asking the questions: how does this way of working affect the performer/actor/dancer? Does it change the way we consider elements of performativity, prescense and “being on stage?” And does it offer us new ways of thinking about theatre? We will look specifically at working “task oriented”, on how to structure a piece of work around certain tasks that involves the audience in a direct way. And we will look at ways to plan a dialogue with audience-members or people in a public space, where you can never predict the answers. Relational strategies and methods will be introduced but the main focus will be on facilitating workshop participants working together in groups, sharing knowledge and experiences while hopefully getting new ones. For more info on Erik Pold, click here.


Moderator of the day:
Ralf Strøbech, Head of the Center for staging & design and head of scenography at the Danish National School of Performing Arts.
 

Detailed programme - pdf version

 

École des Écoles (EdE) is a European network focusing on teachers and students in performing arts. The network was established in 2006 based on the European summer school “Prima del Teatro” in Italy. In recent years, the network has sought to strengthen the possibilities of exchange between teachers of European theatre schools. EdE works on developing cooperation between the partner schools through seminars, workshops and meetings. EdE consists of 13 partner schools from Spain, Germany, Denmark, UK, France, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Belgium, Switzerland and Norway.
http://www.ecoledesecoles.eu/website/


The symposium is aimed at teachers at performing arts schools and all who are interested in the theme.

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