‘Playing Identities, Performing Heritage: Theatre, Creolisation, Creation and the Commons’ is a two-year interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Scienze Storiche e Beni Culturali at the University of Siena, Italy (Principal Investigators), the Drama Department at the University of Kent, and four Academies of Dramatic Arts in Romania (University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca), Spain (Institut del Teatre, Barcelona), Lithuania (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius) and the UK (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London).
Dr Margherita Laera, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, was involved in developing the proposal for ‘Playing Identities, Performing Heritage’ from its early stages and will be responsible for Kent’s contribution to the project. The School of Arts is also delighted to announce that it will be recruiting a 0.2 Research Assistant for 22 months to participate in the project starting in early spring 2015.
The project aims to investigate how theatre and performance might contribute to the production of new ‘creolised’ European forms of identity and heritage by promoting artistic residencies in which acting and directing students in the participating academies collaborate cross-culturally, and by fostering audience participation through an online platform called PanSpeech. The project will culminate in a cycle of Creole Performances which will be presented at a festival in Siena in the summer of 2016. A series of publications will follow.
Read the project description, here.