Department of Drama and Theatre Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
‘In the beginning was the Word…’ John 1.1
Words in, of and for Performer Training
In the Bible, Words came first. In performance practice, words probably followed movement, dance, art and sounds. Who knows….? Exploring what comes next, this seventh edition of the International Platform for Performer Training will investigate how words function in, of and for Performer Training across three broad areas:
- How the denotative or nonsemantic properties of words in performance are explored through training, and how movement, voice and text can be combined to achieve an integrated mise-en-scène (or not)
- How trainers use words in training practice, in order to exhort, encourage, clarify or instruct as well as what they do and don’t say, to whom and when;
- How words that are written about training, be it our own practices today or that of others past or present, might document or act as inspiration for practice.