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 “indignity,” 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.
Erika Fischer-Lichte, December 4, 2016
The 2016 Thalia Prize of the International Association of Theatre Critics has been awarded to former IRC-Fellow and IRC Advisory Board Member Femi Osofisan from Nigeria, a playwright, director, actor, critic, poet, novelist, editor and newspaper columnist. The Thalia Prize is meant to highlight the work of those who have helped critics around the globe to understand new ways of seeing and appreciating the performing arts worldwide. The 2016 Thalia Prize was presented to the awardee during the IATC Congress last September in Belgrade, where Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erika Fischer-Lichte presented the award to Femi Osofisan – we share her laudatory speech held on this occasion with you.
Susan Manning, November 8, 2016
What synchronicities of contemporary dance and culture could one find in Berlin? IRC-Fellow Susan Manning has been visiting Berlin since 1984 - in her text she shares her impressions of the city and its dance scenes during those stays trying to describe the particular synchronicity she sensed while in Berlin.
Navtej Johar, November 2, 2016
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Navtej Johar, one of India’s leading dancers and choreographers, talks about his current research project “Naming Anxieties around Sacred/Erotic Dance”. He speaks about his training in Bharatanatyam, his research on Yoga and the history of Indian philosophy explaining how his work reflects questions of nationalism, body images, and the politics of dance in India today.
Jacqueline Shea Murphy, October 24, 2016
Just before the summer, Berlin theater venue HAU hosted an installation, which had been created for the Latin American pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2015 before it toured South America, dealing with the endangered linguistic diversity on the Latin-American continent. In this interview IRC-Fellow Jacqueline Shea Murphy talks about her impressions, her critical observations and the complexity of the term “indigeneity” and its discussion.
Danny Yung, August 18, 2016
In 2009, inspired by Yuan Dynasty dramatist Zhong Sicheng's Lu Gui Bu (Book of Ghosts), IRC-Fellow Danny Yung invited four Asian traditional performing arts masters to experiment dance and theater under the theme of "Ghosts" to reconnect the past with present, while showcasing the beauty of traditions in contemporary theater. Watch this trailer to learn more about the project.
Chetana Nagavajara, August 8, 2016
IRC-Fellow Chetana Nagavajara is a music lover. During his fellowship in 2015 he not only closely followed the program of Musikfest Berlin, a renowned orchestra festival, where top international orchestras, instrumental and choral ensembles and the great symphony orchestras of the city of Berlin together present an ambitious festival program with a new thematic focus each year. Prof. Nagavajara also put into words his impressions, thoughts, and criticism of some of the concerts and now shares these reviews with us. A treasure chest of passionate, critical and questioning reflections.