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Dr Efrosini Protopapa Leads Dramaturgy Workshops in Brussels

Funded by the British Council and Arts Council England, Dr Efrosini Protopapa, Senior Lecturer in Dance and Choreography, ran ‘Unfolding Dramaturgies’ workshops in Brussels in November.

Posted: 19 December 2014

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Dr Efrosini Protopapa leading a workshop
An Artists’ International Development Fund grant allowed Dr Protopapa to work at Workspacebrussels, leading a workshop and developing a new choreographic project. For the workshop, Dr Protopapa was joined by Dr Konstantina Georgelou of the University of Utrecht and Dr Danae Theodoridou of the University of Groningen. For the past year, the three lecturers have been collaborating on a research project that develops dramaturgical practice and artistic methodologies in contemporary performance. The Brussels workshops formed part of this research project, which will culminate in a book in 2016.

Dr Protopapa said: ‘Our workshops cross over the fields of dance, theatre and performance, and address contemporary European perspectives on and practices of dramaturgy. We encourage participants to delve deeper into their creative process, to understand and construct dramaturgical thinking and consider how such thinking may inform artistic practice. Informed by our own artistic, research and educational practice, the workshops explore dramaturgy both as a significant process in the creation of performance, and as a critical practice closely related to the social and the political’.

The ‘Unfolding Dramaturgies’ workshop series culminated in a research ‘salon’, a roundtable discussion with invited dramaturges and art practitioners from theatre, dance and performance. The three collaborators led a further workshop in Tilburg in December and will hold another in London in February 2015, when Roehampton’s Centre for Dance Research will host the research salon.

Dr Protopapa said: ‘The Artists’ International Development Fund grant provided a great opportunity both to further my connection with Brussels and the international dance scene and to develop my choreographic work.’

She used part of her time in Brussels to develop the concept for her next artistic project, provisionally entitled The Friend at Work. It focuses on questions around friendship and proximity, the labor of dancing and of networking, multitasking and postfordism.

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