, June 13, 2018
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Sola Adeyemi, a lecturer in theater and performance at Goldsmiths, University of London, introduces the wide range of his research interests in global theater and performance. Talking about his research project "Dramatizing the Postcolony: Nigerian Drama and Theater", he aims at proffering a new dramatic interpretation of the colonial historiography and postcolonial conquest and at suggesting a new reading of the legacy of dramatic narratives. Adeyemi's study uses geographical mapping and dramatic narratives to express the idealism and figurative ideas that are representational of the cultural manifestations that construct the nature of postcolonial encounters in Africa. Adeyemi also explains how his passion for the theater arouse and his connection to Femi Osofisan. read more
, May 16, 2018
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Andrej Mirčev, a scholar of performance studies, a visual artist and a dramaturge, talks about his research project on "(Un)Framing Icons: Performances of Blasphemy in Post-Yugoslavia." Mirčev explains how he tries to explore the in-between spaces of performing arts, dance and visual art. Working as a curator and dramaturg he positions his research in the intersection of theoretical and practical work with a close focus on intermediality. In the interview, Mirčev explains how he aims to apply the concept of iconoclasm to the performance arts in order to examine the use of religious symbols in numerous harshly criticized performances in post-Yugoslavia. read more
, January 23, 2018
In this video-interview, IRC-Fellow Catherine Cole, Professor of Drama and Dean of the Arts at the University of Washington, talks about her work and in what way her personal background has been interwoven with the course of her studies and research. Cole has been focussing her research first on Ghana and later on South Africa. In this interview, she stresses to what extent the many similarities to the USA concerning aspects of segregation can be brought to light through a performance studies approach. Introducing her current research project on “Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice,” Cole explains her interest in contemporary choreographers from post-apartheid South Africa, that are trying to unravel histories and injustice through their artistic work. She underlines how many political implications a research on embodied knowledge is carrying in this context. read more
, December 19, 2017
When Abheesh Sasidharan, visiting Doctoral Candidate at the Center, approached us with the idea of inviting Daya Bai, activist for ecology, human rights and feminism, we trusted his suggestion. He said that it would be something special to meet Daya Bai personally. And he was absolutely right! Daya Bai is one of those people who are fighting for a bigger cause instead of focusing only on their own lives. During the exchange with our Fellows, she described the crucial stages of her life, explained why she had decided to live with the tribal people in one of the poorest regions of India and raised questions like: What does it mean to fight for the rights of the oppressed? And how does the personal experience in the difficult handling of local authorities shatter the foundation of your own convictions and hopes? Looking for answers to these questions, Daya Bai emphasized the important role that theater plays in fighting poverty through empowerment. Before saying goodbye, she left us one of her poems to share with you. read more
, December 6, 2017
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Platon Mavromoustakos, a Professor at the Department of Theater Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, talks about his research project and interest in ancient Greek drama. Born in Alexandria and raised in Greece, Mavromoustakos explains how he has always been seeing his identity as separated in parts, which proved to be influential for his life and work. After having received a degree in law, he changed to theater studies (in Paris) and was a member of the Athens Department for Theater Studies from its first year on. He is a co-founder of Arc-Net, that brings together the different disciplines working on the subject of ancient Greek drama and theater. In this interview, Mavromoustakos explains his special interest in the category of space and on how ancient Greek drama has been working as a factor of reshaping performance spaces throughout theater history. read more
, October 25, 2017
For the academic year 2017/18, the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” is focussing on questions related to religious and, in particular, spiritual matters. In the context of an opening talk for the academic year 17/18, IRC Senior Advisor Christel Weiler talked about the significance of "Spirituality and Performance" and engaged in a discussion with former IRC-Fellow Koffi Kôkô and the present IRC-Fellows and guests. For those, who could not be present, we share Christel Weiler's introductory notes on the subject here on Textures. read more
, September 18, 2017
Our highly regarded colleague, friend and mentor Klaus-Peter Köpping passed away in June 2017. His death came unexpected to everybody here at the Center. We miss him a lot.
In 2015, artist Thomas Martius published a film, a documentary about and with Klaus-Peter Köpping; a special opportunity to spend some time with the thoughts of this exceptional thinker. Followed by some personal words about Köpping, Martius shares his film Klaus-Peter Köpping, Fellow. in this post. read more
, June 19, 2017
A few weeks ago, IRC-Fellow Hanne de Bruin went to Paris to see Une chambre en Inde, Théâtre de Soleil's latest production directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. The production premiered in November 2016 and was inspired, among other things, by the South Indian (Tamil language) Kattaikkuttu or Terukkuttu theatre. Hanne de Bruin works as Programme Director/Facilitator for the Kattaikkuttu Sangam, an association of professional Kattaikkuttu performers. Together with her husband Kattaikkuttu actor, director and playwright, P. Rajagopal, she helped set up the school Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam in 2002. Being an expert on Kattaikkuttu, de Bruin watched Une chambre en Inde with totally different eyes then most of its audience - a rare chance to get a special insight. Have a look at her review to learn about her thoughts and questions. read more
, May 4, 2017
In December 2016, Christel Weiler shared her impressions about a performance called Earthport in her essay "The Art of Encounter" here on Textures. Now, the project's director and former IRC-Fellow Nora Amin talks about the same performance, describing the process of rehearsing and performing from her point of view, and sharing her observations and thoughts with us. read more
, 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. read more