In one-week intensive working phases, participants are given the opportunity to watch over the shoulders of intermedial active artists like the Russian director and famous voice and speech coach Jurij Vasiljev or the performance collective She She Pop to gain experience in different areas and to expand expression possibilities in the joint work.
Being Divided. Choirs, Dialogue Strategies and Talking Games
Lecturers: Ilia Papatheodorou, Lisa Lucassen and Sebastian Bark (She She Pop)
In this workshop you can learn artistic strategies for working on texts together in groups or as an ensemble. She She Pop purposely put their workshop into the context of Brecht’s didactic plays because they also deal with a collective of producers. Brecht’s interaction is strongly based on ritualized talking-gestures, repetition of questions, songs and recurring themes. In this way utopian forms of communication can arise on stage.
Together with the participants She She Pop will develop play arrangements, questioning techniques, talking games with the associated exceptions and tasks that will be solved visibly and live on the open stage.
Based on the individual, on the group, and on Brecht’s idea of a theatre without audience, we will search for formats which show the active participation of the performers. The participants, whether they are actors or distant from stage, will learn how to improvise within defined and tested rules and how to make an own and collective decision on stage.
She She Pop is a performance collective founded in the late 1990’s by graduates of the Applied Theater Studies program in Gießen. Members are Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou and Berit Stumpf. For She She Pop, the stage is a space, in which decisions are made, various forms of dialog and social systems tested, and grand gestures and social rituals learnt or discarded. She She Pop see it as their mission to explore the social boundaries of communication – and transgress them in a purposeful and artistic way in the protected theatrical space. She She Pop have a specific aesthetic and ideological profile. Our shows are developed as a collective. There is no director – but also no author and no actors. Texts and concepts are developed together. Our understanding of performance simultaneously emphasizes the artistic responsibility of every individual performer. For us, authorship is therefore less an individual achievement and more of an answer to the question: who is responsible for this text, this action taking place at this moment on stage. We hope that individual decisions made on stage, as well as the glory and failure of performance, are thereby, against this backdrop, more comprehensible and relevant for the audience. Aside from the individual shows – but also in the best parts of every performance – we define the artistic work as a collective to be our most fatal and greatest challenge.
Photo Credit: Katrin Ribbe