Symposium: On Showing and Writing Training
London, 30th November 2016, 2 – 5 pm
This blog post captures in a series of audio files the symposium that launched the special issue ‘On Showing and Writing Training’ of the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal. It brought together writing, improvisation, experimentation and images to explore how performance is made manifest, represented and reproduced through training.
Image: from ‘I Set My Foot Upon the Air’ by Elke Mark
Next to each of the contributors names in the programme below you can click on the audio file to hear their talk. The talks are mainly around ten minutes, while the introductory responses to the journal special issue by artist Karen Christopher and writer John Hall a little longer. Under each contributor’s name there is also a link to the abstract of the essay they contributed to the special issue.
It’s ironic that the visuals and the written text are missing from this record given the nature of the special issue but you can find images and writing in the issue itself. Over time the contributors might also wish to add images/text from their presentations and/or transcripts of their talks. In the meantime there is plenty here to stimulate and provoke as those present found diverse means to challenge how we might communicate, visually and textually, experiences of training.
You won’t get to see Karen doing the melon on the floor or Franc jumping through his hands but this is after all only a trace…
Programme ‘On Showing and Writing Training’ TDPT – 7.2 – Guest Editor: Mary Paterson with Training Grounds Editor: Dick McCaw.
- What is the difference between what you do and how you talk about what you do?
- What remains unsaid? What remains undone? What gets undone?
- What is impossible to explain?
- Who do you think you’re talking to?
The special issue of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training ‘On Showing and Writing Training’ brings together writing, improvisation, experimentation and images to explore how performance is made manifest, represented and reproduced through training. In doing so, the journal addresses wider questions about pedagogy, the live and the remembered in relation to the practices of art.
Libby Worth, Dick McCaw (TDPT editors) and Mary Paterson (guest editor, special issue On Showing and Writing Training)
Q and A with Karen and John, chaired by Dick
Panel 1: on Image
Q and A for Panel on Image – chaired Libby
Panel 2: on Writing
Emma Cocker & Clare Thornton
Q and A for Panel on Writing, chaired by Libby
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