Nišville Jazz Theater – 09.08.2017
(press conference & discussion)
SKILLS OF CIRCUS AND EAST THEATRE AS A POSSIBLE
EXPRESSION AT CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
PLAYWRITING AS ART
Lead by: Professor Ruth Margraff from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Theater Antarsia, USA
Little Hall of the Officer House
Children’s Theatre Subotica and Puppet Segedin
Children’s Theatre, SRB/HUN
Bridge at Fortress
Troupe TRI GROŠA, SRB
Group CIRKUSFERA, SRB
PLAYWRITING AS ART
A playwriting workshop for new ways of writing and devising theater and performance. Taught by Professor Ruth Margraff from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, this immersive writing workshop uses exercises inspired by Ruth’s work with composer Fred Ho and five Chinese martial arts fighting styles. With a close reading of Roland Barthes’ PLASTIC we’ll look at memory/history/music influences on writing performance texts. How can you write from the harmony and dissonance of space – urban, pastoral, suburban? What is the effect of western/eastern landscape, journey/pilgrimage and transition on character rhythm, spectacle and language? We will do a writing exercise inspired from Rem Koolhaas’ “Radio City Music Hall: Where The Fun Never Sets” from DELIRIOUS NEW YORK and from Eugenio Barba’s PAPER CANOE. This is an intuitive laboratory for playwriting from diasporic desire and instant extravaganza.
All genres of writing, theater and performance welcome!
The play “Boxed” is not easy to fit into a simple theatrical framework, even though it happens in theater, it is inextricably linked to the circus. In short, it is a dance-circus-theater piece. With the help of the elements of contemporary dance and contemporary circus, the storyline is represented by four ordinary working day warehouse women, surrounded by all sorts of packaging, packages and boxes. In this surrounding they are looking for a place for themselves and their dreams, desires and hopes. What is the shelf life of your dreams, how much they have to stand before us permission to become a commercial machine comfortable everyday? The inevitable collision work and private life changing employee who, while hiding their own, someone else’s dreams are packed … During the performance scenery comes alive and becomes a circus-acrobatic dance props, with the help of which overwhelmed and airspace scene. Exactly warehouse women facilitate their working hours spent in space, not in heaven or on earth or in ovoms regarding the cases not in a box is not outside of it. The authors of the project are four circus artists from Cirkusfera, which are the inspiration found in the parallels between the first look “ordinary” jobs (administrative, physical workers …) and those at first sight quite “unusual” (art, show business workers …). From logically impossible, the collision of these parallels was created a play with an unusual theatrical language celebrates the similarities of these different spending 8 hours. The first step in the realization of this idea was definitely engaging choreographers of contemporary dance, which withdrew the merger circus and dance skills. Later, with the connection directed the play gets theatre character. Last, but certainly necessary and the arrival of two musicians linked all in a diverse whole. The premiere was held on 19 February 2016, the SCCC, under the Open Theatre.