There is hardly any context of learning and further education, in which the format of the workshop would not be common. Whether in the private sector, in the arts, in the academia or in theatre: workshops are popular as a format and form of learning in limited time and space. From an intensive preoccupation with the history of workshops in the field of theatre and theatre education, the idea arose to investigate the question of when and how workshops are initiated and to begin to gain a foothold in the training of theatre practitioners. This essay on The Workshop. On the Genesis of a Global Form was written by Christopher Balme and myself. It is also the first issue of a new series of Working Papers produced by our ERC-funded project group Developing Theatre. The project’s blog, http://www.gth.hypotheses.org, will provide information about the series and other working papers in the future.
In my talk “Far-Flung | Centre-Staged: Severino Montano’s Arena and the ‘National Theatre’ in Manila in the 1950s and 1960”, I will elaborate on Montano’s establishment of an Arena Theatre in Manila and rural areas in the Philippines in the 1950s and 1960s, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Severino Montano (1915–1980) was an influential playwright and director. Born in Manila, he received his education in drama and economy primarily in Great Britain and the United States. After 12 years of studying and working abroad, he returned to Manila in order to build up the Arena Theatre and establish drama education in the Philippines.
From 16-20 March 2020, our ERC funded project“Developing Theatre: Building Expert Networks for Theatre in Emerging Countries after 1945“ at LMU Munich will be organizing an international conference in collaboration with Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa on the topic Theatre for Development (TfD): Historical and Institutional Perspectives.
The thrust of the conference will be to contextualize the emergence of TfD, especially in the first decades in Africa. From its early beginnings in the 1970s under different nomenclatures and practices –such as “popular theatre”, or “community theatre” – TfD quickly transformed itself into a coherent organizational field capable of attracting significant governmental and NGO funding. It also affected a change in the teaching and practice of theatre studies in many African countries. The argument could be made that the success of TfD in the Global South has contributed significantly to the emergence of Applied Theatre as a sub discipline in many Global North countries.
This conference seeks to explore the genealogy, the varied contexts of its development, theories and institutional perspectives. Key issues the conference will interrogate include the varied manifestations of the genre and its influence across cultures and continents; funding (Governmental and NGOs), networks of individuals and institutions that propelled its rapid growth and acceptance within academic and non-academic contexts.
We welcome contributions which engage with and provoke dialogue about the historiography of the Theatre for Development paradigm. Topics might include, but are not limited to the following:
• Historiography and Archiving of Theatre for Development
• Periodization and diffusion
• Seminal figures and initiators
• The dialectics of Africa’s development and Theatre for Development
• Integrating (new) media into TfD
• The politics of funding (governmental and NGOs) and influence on TfD
• Theories, Training and TfD Practitioners
• Theatre for Development within and outside the academia
• Networks, institutions and organizations
• Critical reflections within the field
• Brecht, Freire, Boal and the emergence of TfD
Deadline for paper proposals (abstract & short biographical note) is 30 May, 2019.
Ich kann mich noch sehr gut an diesen einen Sommerabend erinnern, als wir anlässlich der Jahrestagung der International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) 2016 in Stockholm unter Kollegen in der U-Bahn darüber sprachen, dass Europa eine so reiche Theaterszene und -geschichte aufweist, wir aber in der gemeinsamen Erforschung und hinsichtlich des Austauschs europäischer theaterwissenschaftlicher Kompetenz noch einige Hausaufgaben zu machen hatten. Ein Defizit und Desiderat. Befanden wir alle, während wir so durch die schwedische Hauptstadt tuckerten.
Im Dezember dieses Jahres soll auch die erste Ausgabe des European Journal of Theatre and Performance herauskommen. Schwerpunktthema für diese Ausgabe ist “Spectres of Europe: Past and Present European Theatre between Communitarianism and Cosmopolitanism” gewidmet Call for proposals EASTAP Journal 1,2018 )
Vielleicht sollte man häufiger zusammen U-Bahn fahren, wenn man etwas bewegen will.
Großer Glückwunsch und große Vorfreude aufs gemeinsame Denken und Machen!