Thomas Lehmen, April 20, 2017
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Thomas Lehmen speaks about his work as a dancer, performer, and teacher. Giving a brief insight on his artistic education, Lehmen elaborates on how his theoretical background with Luhmann’s system theory influences his approach to creating works and collaborating with the artists and participants of his projects. His emphasis on a collective creation process becomes clearer when speaking about his latest project “A Piece for You”, that creates a particular interwovenness between performers and audience. Lehmen speaks about the structure of his project and the reactions to it and shares his understanding about the act of performances and creation.
As a follow-up of his text on last year's Tangier International Conference IRC Research Associate Stefan Donath writes about "Blasmia" by young Moroccan theater company Daha-Wassa, not only sharing his thoughts on the production but also presenting an interview with Ahmed Hammoud, director of “Blasmia” and artistic director of Daha-Wassa. The text provides a valuable insight into making of the production and the work of the company.
Chetana Nagavajara, March 28, 2017
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Chetana Nagavajara speaks about his research for his highly acclaimed book Brecht and France (1994) as well as on his perspectives on literature, performance, and the interweaving of performance cultures and research cultures. Educated at Cambridge and Tübingen and now Professor Emeritus of German at Silpakorn University, Thailand, Nagavajara is a scholar of comparative literature with extensive experience in performance – in Thailand as well as in Germany, France, the U.K., and the USA. Reflecting on his past experiences at the International Research Center, Nagavajara demonstrates the enormous potential of research that crosses disciplinary and cultural boundaries.
Antje Paul, March 16, 2017
In October 2016, our Visiting Doctoral Candidates Program entered a new round. During the academic year 2016/17, the Research Center has continued its collaboration with the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, Hyderabad, India. As a result, we were able to welcome Promona Sengupta (New Delhi) and Abheesh Sasidharan (Hyderabad) at the Center. In this interview, they introduce their work to us and share their experiences during the last months in Berlin.
Kedar A. Kulkarni, March 7, 2017
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Kedar A. Kulkarni speaks about the development of his research on "Literature in Public: Poetry and Drama in India before Nationalism, 1790-1890". Kulkarni received his PhD in comparative literature from UC San Diego in 2013, and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Framing his background as a comparatives - his main interests lie in Indian literatures of the nineteenth century, their performances by itinerant performers, and Indian drama - Kulkarni elaborates on his research project and its current challenges.
Last year’s 12th edition of the annual Tangier International Conference entitled “The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theater” aimed at recapturing narrative elements and contemporary practices in different theater and performance cultures in order to interrogate the return to narrative-centred traditions. As an integral part of the conference the festival Performing Tangier presented not only Moroccan productions but a variety of performances from the Arab world. IRC-Research Associate Stefan Donath visited Tangier and shares his impressions with us.
Johanna Devi, February 13, 2017
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Johanna Devi, artist, choreographer and dancer, provides a personal insight into her artistic career and the choices leading up to the research project that she had pursued at the IRC. Following the stages of her training, she explains how dance and music as well as Germany and India have always been closely interwoven parts of her life. Devi describes the challenges of the project that aimed at elaborating the metaphysical connection of performers and audience members asking how ether or space could serve as a medium for the transportation of subtle energies that communicate the state of the performer to the viewer.
Jacqueline Shea Murphy, December 18, 2016
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Jacqueline Shea Murphy, professor in the University of California, Riverside’s dance department, gives a very personal insight into the ways in which her life as a researcher has developed, has changed herself and intensified virulent research questions. Unfolding the complexity and range of her focus on “indigeneity,” Murphy concretely talks about how the impulses of Indigenous knowledge contribute to contemporary choreographic processes, modern dance practices, and alternative understandings of the world.
Christel Weiler, December 13, 2016
In the frame of the Theater Olympics 2016 in Wroclaw the European Theatre Perspectives symposium (ETP) offered a forum dedicated to exploring new channels for cross-cultural dialogs and engagement in performance, bringing together practitioners and researchers working in different regional, linguistic, and disciplinary contexts. Among the participants – consisting of many former IRC-Fellows as well as IRC-director Prof. Erika Fischer-Lichte – Christel Weiler spoke about “The Art of Encounter” elaborating her thoughts on how theaters in Germany reacted to the refugee crisis. She especially describes her experience with the latest production of former IRC-Fellow Nora Amin. For those who couldn’t be present, we share her paper with you.
Tara McAllister-Viel, December 7, 2016
IRC-Fellow Tara McAllister-Viel is Head of Voice at East 15 School of Acting, University of Essex, one of the UK’s top London-based acting conservatoires. In this interview Tara talks about her current research project “Training actors’ voices: towards an intercultural/interdisciplinary approach”. She explains how her experiences as Visiting Professor-Voice for graduate and undergraduate acting conservatoires at The Korean National University of Arts, School of Drama (Seoul, Korea) have contributed to shaping her approach to intercultural voice training.