Moving, Speaking and Writing, with Efrosini Protopapa, Jan.7,8


This workshop will focus on the relationships between moving, speaking and writing, as modes of performance but also as practices of reflection. Through practical tasks, individual and group work, reflection exercises and discussion, we will explore the potential of word and action to inform one another so as to create a multi-layered embodied practice. Given the broad and diverse use of scores by choreographers from Yvonne Rainer and Deborah Hay to Xavier Le Roy and Jonathan Burrows, we will experiment with concrete structures and explore different ways of writing and using scores, in order to test their  possibilities and limitations for solo and group choreography. Our overall approach will be focused and thoughtful, but also light and playful – be prepared to move, think, reflect, talk, listen and question.

                                           photo by Christian Kipp


Efrosini Protopapa is a Greek choreographer, writer and researcher based in London since 2002. She works as a Lecturer in Dance and Choreography at the School of Arts, University of Surrey, where she is also the programme director for the MA Dance Cultures course. Her choreographic work with the performance group Lapsus Corpi has been presented in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Greece, and she has also worked with Ivana Muller, Tino Seghal, Carol Brown and Gill Clarke. Efrosini has published articles in Dance Theatre Journal, Performance Research, and catalogues for international performance festivals. In 2011 she co-curated the Performance Studies international Regional Cluster ‘Encounters in Synchronous Time’ in Athens. She completed a practice-led PhD at Roehampton University in 2009 and her thesis is titled ‘Possibilising Dance: A Space for Thinking in Choreography’. Having explored scores and game-structures in/as performance, her latest work focuses on the notions of ignorance and negotiation in the performance-making process, and the ways in which choreography operates as and reveals social order and power relations.




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