Theatre, Talk/Workshop

Lecture: Contemporary Performance is Dramaturgical

Organised by: Centre 42, Asian Dramaturgs' Network
  • Date:
    7 Aug 2022
  • Time:
    2:00pm
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Venue:
    The Theatre Practice Black Box
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Synopsis:

A Public Lecture and Discussion by Peter Eckersall (USA) on the role of dramaturgy in making contemporary performance.

In this lecture Peter Eckersall will discuss the role of dramaturgy in making contemporary performance. He will explore dramaturgy as an 'expanded field' of practices that include creative research, writing, devising practices and social practices.

A key question will be how dramaturgy helps to make performances that are creative and aesthetically innovative while using the medium of theatre itself to make visible our political conditions and debate the future.

What can the performing arts do and what are its limitations? What can dramaturgy bring to questions for performance makers, dramaturgs, and cultural thinkers? How does contemporary performance engage us in the ethical, aesthetic, and political questions of our times?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Peter Eckersall teaches in the PhD Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne. He has a PhD in Japanese Studies, and his research interests include Japanese performance, new dramaturgy, and ecocriticism in the performing arts. Recent publications include, Okada Toshiki and Japanese Theatre, (ed. with Barbara Geilhorn, Andreas Regelsberger, Cody Poulton, 2021), Curating Dramaturgies (ed. with Bertie Ferdman, 2021), The Routledge Companion to Performance and Politics (co-edited with Helena Grehan, 2019).and Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan (2013). He is cofounder/dramaturg of Not Yet It's Difficult. Recent dramaturgy includes, Sheep #1 (Sachiyo Takahashi, Japan Society), Phantom Sun/Northern Drift (Alexis Destoop, Beursschouwburg, Riga Biennial).

ABOUT ASIAN DRAMATURGS' NETWORK

The Asian Dramaturgs' Network (ADN) is formed with the intent of mapping and networking the region's dramaturgical experience and knowledge. ADN is collaboratively conceptualised with Centre 42 and held its inaugural ADN Symposium in Singapore in 2016. Since then, various gatherings of dramaturgs, performance makers and arts educators from around the Asia-Pacific region have taken place in Japan and Australia. ADN has most recently published ADN Re/View, a series of three E-zines which offer snapshots of the work of ADN, the ideas, thinking and practices of contributors to the network since 2016. Download them for free here: http://www.asiandramaturgs.com/resources/publications/review.

Lecture: Contemporary Performance is Dramaturgical


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