Brussels – November 2014

Unfolding Dramaturgies – on the development of artistic methodologies and dramaturgical practice in contemporary performance

Thursday 6th – Friday 7th November 2014

Organised by workspacebrussels

This 2-day workshop was addressed to art practitioners from the areas of theatre, dance, performance, visual arts and dramaturgy. Inspired by Lehmann’s thought that today ‘the development of “the” dramaturgy of a postdramatic theatre is unthinkable; recommendations, let alone prescriptions, are no longer possible’ (Lehmann 2006), the workshop drew on the work of the participants as paradigmatic dramaturgical suggestions, in order to discover inventive tools for the exploration and practice of an otherwise intangible and diverse area of interest (that of contemporary dramaturgy).

Individually and in groups, participants elaborated on distinct dramaturgical models and questions central to contemporary performance practices, and engaged in tasks that explore projects of their own and of others, verbally, in writing, or creatively on stage. The overall aim of this work was to delve deeper into the creative process of the development of an artwork, addressing all aspects involved in it (such as: concept articulation, collaborative strategies, tools of generating material, relation to social and political contexts, etc).

More specifically, the use of various models of creating and responding to work aimed to assist participants to: (a) understand and construct dramaturgical thinking, (b) consider how such thinking may inform an artistic process, and (c) place their work in a broader context of current performance practices. In this way, the workshop addressed the notion of a dramaturgy without a dramaturge, conceived as a shared intellectual responsibility that creates a common ground on which collaborators meet (Van Imschoot 2003).