Workshop series in four parts | Program for first cycle – fall 2015 – spring 2016
LUST – långsiktig utveckling av svenskspråkig teater
Curated and Produced by Rickard Borgström and Jonas Welander (LUST)
The workshop series The Autonomous Actor provides the participating actors practical and theoretical tools to strengthen their competence as independent artists, both in their own practice as performer as well as a part of a collective. The starting point for this work is the participant’s own practice in an exploratory meeting with the practices within contemporary continental theater, to deepen the understanding of different artistic processes and develop as an independent artist.
Participants who follow a full cycle has the opportunity to participate in a final concluding project, which aims to enable the participants to test their newly acquired skills as an ensemble before an audience.
In parallel with the series, participants may ask for studio meetings / mentoring about the artistic work as well as advice on financing and production.
The participants will consist of 5-8 professional actors with background in the swedish speaking actors program at the theatre school of Helsinki and 3-4 performing arts professionals with other backgrounds (finnish speaking actors program, directors, dramaturgs designers etc.) All in all 10-12 participants.
How to apply?
#1 INTRODUCING THE AUTONOMOUS ACTOR
Helsinki 5-8 October 2015 with Knut Ove Arntzen and Haiko Pfost
After a historical review on what “working at a theatre” in Europe meant during the last centuries, the first workshop will focus on ways of working as an independent artist in today’s postdramatic theatre context. Starting from different examples such as autobiographical works, durational performance works, site- specific works, which will be deepened in the following workshops, we will search for individual strategies of leaving the path of classical theatre and negotiating a career as independent artist in contemporary performance. Also practical aspects of how today’s artists can be perceived as a role model of the self-employed neoliberal worker will be critically reflected and discussed. The workshop consists of a full day lecture by prof. Knut Ove Arntzen and a three day workshop led by dramaturg Haiko Pfost.
1 day public lecture and discussion + 3 days workshop
# 2 WORKING AS AN ACTOR BETWEEN PROFESSIONALISM AND DILETTANTISM, PLAYFULNESS AND SERIOUSNESS.
Helsinki 30 November – 5 December 2015 with Jørgen Knudsen
In a playful explorative manner aspects of the avant-gardes different styles of performing are re-circulated to illustrate the conventions and standards of quality. An approach that seeks to revive and reformulate our ideas about standards, conventions, professionalism and aesthetic value in the theater. The workshop is led by Jørgen Knudsen, former member of Baktruppen and Artistic Director of the Barents Dance Festival.
1 public lecture + 4 days workshop + 1 day presentation
#3 QUEERING THE ACTOR, THE DRAMATIC TEXT AND THE THEATRE- BIOPHILIC MIXTURES.
Helsinki 11-15 April 2016 with Sebastian Bark and Ilia Papatheodorou
The workshop focuses on performance strategies that are task-based. Aside from classical acting techniques, participants will be working with biography not in the sense of content but as a method on stage. They will be asked to draw from their own material – not to talk about themselves but to use it to form a position on stage. The workshop is permeated by a queer feminist perspective. The workshop is led by Ilia Papatheodorou and Sebastian Bark, members of the Berlin based theater company SheShePop.
1 public lecture + 4 days workshop
# 4 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER, NOT.
FINAL PART OF THE CYCLE.
Helsinki 1-4 June and Hanko 7-12 June 2016 with Haiko Pfost
The participants form a temporary ensemble or work with solo projects. Within the group, they run a non-hierarchical collective work process, where each member of the ensemble may make its own theatrical choices, but also affect the show’s dramaturgy within the performance situation . The idea is to test their newly acquired knowledge in performing formats. The group / artists works independently and receives guidance from Haiko Pfost.
4+4 days workshop + 2 days presentation and feedback