STUDIO ONLINE - international workspaces
STUDIO teatrgaleria open applications for international workshop.
Led by: Rabih Mroué (Lebanon/Germany)
15-19 June 2020
Application deadline: 31 May
As part of our STUDIO teatrgaleria virtual workspaces project, we have invited renowned artists from around the world to work with us – those who have shaped contemporary thinking about theatre. At first, we are working with:
Rimini Protokoll (Germany), Rabih Mroué (Lebanon), Toshiki Okada/chelfitsch (Japan).
Our international workshops are part of our STUDIO activities, wishing to invest in the development of theatrical languages during the time of pandemic, seeking alternative ways of communicating with audiences. Hence, while we are unable to stage works in front of live audiences, studio_online becomes a symbolic space for artists to create virtual “workspaces”, in the belief that in this way we are following in the footsteps of those who named our theatre after Stanisław Ignacy “Witkacy” Witkiewicz.
Co-organiser: Onassis Stegi (Athens)
Initiator and head of the project: Anna Lewanowicz
One of the most interesting artists at work today, offering a new and unique theatrical language, Mroué is a theatre director, actor, visual artist and playwright. Born in Beirut, he currently lives in Berlin. His work covers ground between theatre and visual arts, often combining mundane, real-life material with the fictitious narratives he develops for his performances. His work often plays on the tensions between the live physical presence of the body on stage and images which come to stand in for that body.
Mroué’s ambition, as he puts it, to 'de-sacralize' the image rather than produce more imagery. The artist explains that the central component in this process is the exploration of how narrative – through elision, selection and rhetoric – functions as a device for inflecting and refracting realities. His work is characterised by the use of political themes told through personal stories, the political situation in Lebanon frequently featuring in his works, to ask larger questions about representation, the power of images, and the subjective nature of history. Theater, for Mroué is a means to present unfinished ideas and doubts about the state of humanity.
Rabih Mroué is the co-founder of Beirut Art Center, co-publisher of TDR: The Drama Review (New York) and permanent director at the Münchner Kammerspiele theatre in Germany. His works have been staged all over the world, in theatres, at festivals and contemporary art galleries, including the Tate Modern in London, MOMA in New York, DOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2016, Berlin's Hebbel am Ufer organised a festival dedicated to Mroué, centred around a retrospective of pieces created in partnership with Lina Majdalanie. His works have previously been staged at various festivals in Poland, at first at the Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences in 2013 and the WRO Media Art Biennale, where he was awarded the main ex aequo prize.
The workshop focuses on the human body during the current period of confinement – the characteristics of it being on the one hand isolated in order to protect it from others and to keep it as healthy as possible, and on the other hand still being present as a ‘live’ image on social media to meet with others and keep our human relations active.
What kind of body do we need today in order to meet with the world? What preparations do we need to make? What kind of care should we take?
The fact that the My body-Image workshop will take place in the virtual world of the worldwide internet, where each participant will be in her/his private space, will in itself be good material to work on together, to reflect upon this phenomenon and to work through it, trying to bring up some alternative thoughts and ideas for today’s artistic practices.
DATES: 15, 17,19 June 2020 6.00 pm Warsaw time
LOCATION: ZOOM Platform
Deadline for applications 31 May 2020 via firstname.lastname@example.org
Persons chosen to take part will be notified by 5 June 2020.
PRICE: There is no charge for taking part in the workshops.
NOTE: The workshops will be recorded and close with a public show of selected fragments from these recordings.
Organizer: STUDIO teatrgaleria www.teatrstudio.pl
Co-organiser: Onassis Stegi (Athens) www.onassis.org