The project ‘Dramaturgy at Work’ has culminated in the book The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz 2016), edited by the three main project facilitators and researchers: Konstantina Georgelou, Efrosini Protopapa, Danae Theodoridou.
The book draws on the growing interest in the notion and practice of dramaturgy, which is often discussed either as the work of the dramaturg, or as the compositional, cohesive or sense-making aspects of a performance. Against this background, The Practice of Dramaturgy addresses dramaturgy as a shared, politicized and catalytic practice that sets actions into motion in a more speculative rather than an instructive way.
In the first part, ‘Dramaturgy as Working on Actions’, the editors and main authors of the book discuss three working principles that lie at the heart of their proposition, and return to the etymology of the term ‘dramaturgy’ (‘drama’=action and ‘ergon’=work) in order to scrutinize this further by relating it to debates on action, work and post-Fordist labour. The second part, ‘Working on Actions and Beyond’, opens up to different artistic, social and political perspectives that such understanding of dramaturgy may give rise to, through contributions by guest authors: Una Bauer, Simon Bayly, Andrea Božić, Nicola Conibere, Guy Cools, Augusto Corrieri, Ivana Müller, Betina Panagiotara, Joachim Robbrecht, Jonas Rutgeerts, Nienke Scholts, Arabella Stanger, Julia Willms, Jasna Jasna Žmak.
Early work on the book was undertaken as part of a 1-week residency at Falmouth University funded by the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund. During the residency we developed some initial thematic ideas and a potential structure for the book, and worked with Ric Allsopp as a mentor and advisor.