Presence & Presenting / workshop
Presence & Presenting is a 3 days + 3 weeks workshop for actors, dancers, directors and choreographers that the French artist and philosopher Jean-Frédéric Chevallier will give at Dew Drops Dance Studio in Kolkata in February and March 2015. The purpose of it is simple: to give a hint on other possibilities and potentialities for the stage. What to do with the presence of the performers? What to do with the fact that audience is present too? How to compose a performing act without trying to convey a message, but just presenting? These questions will be attended both through practice and reflexion.
DATES: 20th, 21st and 22nd February (4 and half hour/day) and then 9th to 29th March 2015 (3 hours/day)
VENUE: Dew Drops Dance Studio, 27-B Dr. Rajendra road, Bhawanipur, Kolkata 700020
CONTACT FOR REGISTRATION: Utsarjana Mutsuddi, +91 98 36 302826, firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE INFO: http://www.trimukhiplatform.com/presence-presenting-workshop-a113847732
In Kolkata, theatre and dance performances are often made to tell a story, represent characters, communicate a specific meaning. The purpose of this workshop is to give a hint on other possibilities and potentiality for the stage.
What to do with the presence of the performers? How to work on it? What to do with the fact that audience is present too? How to use this specificity that makes living arts different from other arts? How to be on stage without being a character? Why to do so? How to compose a performing act without trying to convey a message? Why to do so? How to let the spectators free to feel and think what they most deeply whish in the present moment of the performing act?
All these questions will be attended during the workshop, both through concrete practices and theoretical conversations.
The three first days (20th, 21st and 23rd February 2014, 3:30 to 8 pm.) will serve as a kind of appetizer, an intense introduction. Each session will be divided in two parts. During the first part (around 3 hours), participants will be sometime on stage, working on their body presence in different ways, and sometime setting and focusing on what they experience as watching others’ presence. During the second part, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier will explain different strategies he used to build dance-theatre acts, insisting on the fact there is not only one way (for instance: drama story with characters) but a multiplicity of them. Some videos extracts of Chevallier’s productions in Latino-America and India will be shown so to make his analysis more concrete.
The subsequently 3 weeks (from 9th to 29th March 2015, 4:30 to 7:30 pm.) will be dedicated to the preparation, composition and presentation of a contemporary stage work that participates from what Chevallier calls a theatre of presenting, a performing set-up aimed at awaking the senses and thought of each spectators – for each one in a different manner. From 9th to 22nd March, the composition will be prepared on stage, rehearsed and modified; final and dry rehearsals will take place on 23rd and 24th; and five presentations to the audience will be organized from 25th to 29th.
Participants should have a previous body movement practice (like a dancer for example): they should be comfortable with working with their own body.
And participants should not only be open minded but also very anxious to question their own practices as dancers, performers, actors, theatre directors, choreographers, etc., happy to break down all their certainties regarding what is theatre, etc., happy to invent other ways to do it.
Jean-Frédéric Chevallier is a French philosopher (last book : Deleuze about Theatre – Breaking up with Representation, Les Solitaires Intempestifs, France, 2014) and a theatre director (last performance: R/T Poetry 4 – Decoction moment in a Havana Church, Cuba, 2014). After teaching at Sorbonne University in Paris for two years and being professor at National University in Mexico for seven years, he is living in Kolkata since six years, working as director of Trimukhi Platform, a non-for-profit Bengali society intervening –mostly with Adhivashis– in three different directions: artistic creation, social action and theoretical research.
Denis Guénoun, emeritus professor from the Sorbonne University in Paris, recently wrote: “Jean-Frédéric Chevallier is walking on a path, personal and professional, extremely singular. He conjugates a theoretical, philosophical work, and an intense theatre practice activity. He formulates in Spanish, English, Bengali and French, thesis and concepts about living arts through which he pursues without ceasing the new characterization of a “Theatre of Presenting.”
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