Treasures is a seminar series in which scholars and practitioners present their research, covering a wide range of topics.
Time/venue: 13.15-15.00 / Studio T, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, Utrecht.
(14 November 2011 -31 January 2012)
December 1 - Sara Wookey: Transmitting Trio A
Transmitting Trio A is a performance-lecture that explores the underlying and specific verbal language, references and musings that Yvonne Rainer engages when transmitting her dance Trio A (1966) from her body to that of another. It explores a methodology behind dance making and transfer through engaging process as material. Sara will discuss and demonstrate her experiences of working with Yvonne Rainer to both learn and become certified to teach her seminal work. She will also present details about Transmitting Trio A, a two-year research project that is part pedagogical tool, part archive and part 3-D art-work that explores and amplifies the transmission process rendering it a visible, tactile and usable tool for dancers. She will also discuss her more recent project, reDANCE, a curated program of solo works from the Judson Dance Era performed by a next generation of artists. This program consists of performances, workshops and public conversations and is being billed for the 2012-2013 season.
Sara Wookey is a dancer, choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. From 1996-2006 she was based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where she created over a dozen evening-length dance-theater works and taught at the Amsterdam School for the Arts. Since relocating to the United States in 2006 to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California in Los Angeles, her work has grown to include site-based projects and social practices in collaboration with visual artists, architects and urban planners. She is interested in ways that art, performance and publics interact and prompt a civic discourse. Her work explores site-specificity, a direct and changing public and socio-spatial possibilities. Her work has been presented nationally at among others, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Links Hall in Chicago, the Hammer Museum and REDCAT in Los Angeles. She is a certified teacher of Yvonne Rainerʼs seminal dance work Trio A (1963) and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts, University of California, Irvine and California State University Long Beach.
December 8 - Maaike Bleeker: Un/Covering artistic thought unfolding
Following a suggestion by a Dutch dance initiative named Cover, this presentation will explore the idea of 'covering' as practiced in the context of music as perspective on artistic practices of reenactment. The term 'cover' points to what is reenacted being artistic creations by other artists, as distinguished from the reenactment of historical situations or events. And also how reenacting these works results in new works, covers. Covers exist in a specific relationship to the original work, the cover being a remake or response to the original work from the position of another artist at a later moment in time. The notion of cover also points to how this relationship is mediated by recordings and documentation. The term 'cover version' originates from the 1960s when it was introduced to describe a rival version of a tune recorded to compete with an already released original version. That is, the notion of cover is closely connected to recordings and the recording business, not to music or songs as live performance.
December 15 - Jan van den Berg: Re-enactment of scientific experiments
Please note the time of this session: 14.00-16.00 hrs
Over the past 15 years I've been creating theatre-performances about current developments in science that can no longer be seen by the naked eye, nor understood by our bare mind; issues such as genetics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and particle physics. I'm trying –literally and figuratively– to gain insight into invisible dimensions by unleashing the imaginative power of the live performing arts upon them.
Inspired by Maaike Bleeker's thoughts on re-enactment as a way of thinking by means of performing, I will try to rethink my performances in terms of the re-enactment of scientific experiments; as a way to understand scientific thinking.
Jan van den Berg graduated at Nijmegen University (theology & social-political philosophy), after which he attended the Amsterdam Theatreschool, (department theatre direction) where he passed his 'propedeuse' exam. He then decided to leave school and to start his own practice. Jan worked at the Maastricht Theatre Academy, de Balie, DasArts and a variety of Dutch theatre companies and 'productiehuizen', but he mainly focussed on creating and staging his own performances; under the name of Theater Adhoc.
(15 September-10 November 2011)
Location: Studio T, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20 Utrecht
September 15 - Dr. Astrid van Weyenberg (UvA)
Astrid Van Weyenberg is a lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She earned her MA in English literature from the University of Amsterdam, after which she took the MSc course Nation, Writing, Culture at the University of Edinburgh. Astrid has written on language and textuality in contemporary Scottish fiction and on the Field Day Theatre Company from Northern Ireland. Today, she will talk about her recently finished dissertation, "The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy," which she wrote at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. In this study, Astrid examines African reworkings of Greek tragedies, both in relation to their specific contexts and to their pre-texts. Her primary interest is in the politics of adaptation, and how this politics is constituted in the two-directional dynamic between adaptation and pre-text.
September 22 - Peggy Olislaegers (director Festival Dutch Dance Days, Maastricht)
Peggy Olislaegers graduated from the Dance Academy Brabant and worked as a choreographer, director and dramaturge. She ran her own company called Olislaegers & Co, directed 3 minute opera´s for the Yo Opera Festival (2007), staged a composition by Harry de Wit (Red Sound festival, 2009), made the choreography for Kamp Holland (Orkater, 2008) and directed the Brabant Orchestra in a composition by Theo Loevendi (2009). Since 2005, she works as a dramaturge with nannie Linning. She was dramaturge for Dansateliers since 2007 and participates in Choreoam, an international dialogue between makers (with as partners The Place in London and Opera Estate Festival, Italy, among others). Currently, she is the director of Festival De Nederlandse Dqansdagen (Dutch Dance Days) in Maastricht (see also http://www.olislaegers.nl/). Peggy will talk about her experiences as dance maker and dramaturge, about the festival and share with us her observations on the current situation in Dutch and international dance.
September 29 - Mark Yeoman (artistic director of the Noorderzon Festival, Groningen)
October 6 - Marijn de Langen and Pedro Manuel
Marijn de Langen and Pedro Manuel are both working on a PhD research project at Utrecht University. Together they will be speaking about a famous historical text about avant-garde theatre and how this text is important to their research about the development of Dutch mime theatre (Marijn) and the development of theatre without actors (Pedro). This text is Edward Gordon Craig´s text ´The Actor and the Ubermarionette´.
October 13 - Dr. Thomas Crombez (University of Antwerp)
Thomas Crombez will speak about Artaud as a perspective on contemporary theatre of, among others, Romeo Castellucci.
October 20 - Konstantina Georgelou (Utrecht University)
In this lecture, Konstantina Georgelou will present her PhD thesis entitled 'Performless - the operation of l'informe in postdramatic theatre'. She will look at radical aesthetic strategies that appear in postdramatic performances, with the aim to examine how they 'work' and what their impact is. Particular focus will be drawn upon specific strategies manifested in recent works by the Italian theatre company Societas Raffaello Sanzio and by the Flemish director Jan Fabre, which she proposes to analyze through the philosophical notion of l'informe (Bataille, 1929). Through this examination, she argues that such strategies can be considered as dramaturgies of formlessness, opening up onto an ethics of potentiality.
October 27 - Dr. Eugene van Erven introduces Augusto Boal
Augusto Boal (16 March 1931 - 2 May 2009) was a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician. He was the founder of Theatre of the oppressed, a theatrical form originally used in radical popular education movements. Boal argues that popular forms of dramatic theatre tend to promote the State´s continued existence. He sees the Brazilian government as an example of an oppressive state using theatre to propagate its oppressive system. He then outlines his early theories and practices for attempting to reverse the paradigm. Boal also talks about Invisible theatre in which an event is planned and scripted but does not allow the spectators to know that the event is happening.
Treasures is part of the MA Theatre Studies program. We do not advertize these seminars to a wider audience but if you interested to join a particular meeting, please send an e-mail to Maaike Bleeker, M.A.Bleeker@uu.nl.
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