Performing multilingualism workshop with Anne Berelowitch

Postgraduate students are invited to apply for a workshop on performing multilingualism in practise and performance with French writer, translator, and stage director Anne Berelowitch, as part a research project led by Dr Margherita Laera, from the Department of Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts.

The workshop will run from Monday 8 to Friday 12 July 2019, 10-6pm, at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), University of London. The workshop will consist of specific improvisation exercises, designed to experience and understand the dramaturgical value of bi/multilingual performance, and the strategies that are needed for multilingual performances for monolingual audiences.

Participants will be invited to co-design and perform multilingual versions of existing scripts: authors and scenes will be chosen in accordance with the group’s linguistic competencies, so that the language mix is as rich and meaningful as possible. The workshop will culminate in a work-in-progress showing on Friday for an invited audience.

The workshop is part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Performing Multilingualism for Monolingual Audiences: Creative Strategies and Practices in Contemporary European Theatre’, for which Margherita is co-PI alongside Professor Peter Boenisch (RCSSD).

Applications are welcome from postgraduate students in acting, directing, dramaturgy and playwriting who have at least two years of training. Performing experience is not necessary, but all participants will be asked to take part in some of the improvisations. Applicants should submit a 1-page CV, indicating their skills and language competencies. Participants must commit to their availability during the entire week of the workshop.

The deadline for applications is 8 March 2019. To apply, please email Dr Margherita Laera at: M.Laera@kent.ac.uk

A workshop with Greek theatre director Anestis Azas is also planned for April, see call for applications here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/arts/newsandevents/index.html?view=2057