Workshop with Kenneth Spiteri

Dramaturgy in the Creation of Physical/Image Theatre and New Dance Work

Canberra Theatre Courtyard Studio
Sunday 2 September 2018, 10am – 4pm (including one hour break)
$95 per person

A Mirramu Creative Arts Centre workshop presented by Ken Spiteri

To register please email kennethjwspiteri@gmail.com  A confirmation email will be sent to you with details of how to pay.

Led by actor, theatre maker and dance dramaturgy Kenneth Spiteri, this workshop is for choreographers, dancers, actors and theatre makers who are interested in exploring different facets of ‘dramaturgy’ in the creation of new physical theatre and dance work.

The work will move between improvisation and discussion around the possibilities for creating meaning and ways in which a dramaturg can help facilitate the process of clarification in the creation of new works.

This work is particularly appropriate for theatre makers interested in developing their own work and who may have material that they would like to explore in a critical yet safe environment.

Spiteri says: Biographies create psychologies and the capacity to understand behaviour. Contemporary dramaturgy is founded in this understanding of storytelling. Theatre did not always function this way. It has shamanic roots, and a history of hosting the Gods. In our current performance cultures, biography is dominant and the Gods are silent. This work seeks to challenge this convention by moving the function of performance from one of biography and narrative to one of vehicle and archetype. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a piece of text, song and/or choreographic phrase to explore as material in improvisations.

About Kenneth Spiteri

Kenneth has been working as an actor, dance dramaturg and theatre maker for 25 years.   Born in Australia, grew up in Canberra, studied theatre with institutions in Paris (Pantheatre and L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq) and in Germany (WIW Academy).

He has lived in Berlin for the most part of the past 10 years where he has worked with legendary theatre director Peter Zadek and the internationally acclaimed company Familie Flöz.  Most recently he has been in Malta working with the national theatre company Teatru Malta as a dramaturg/movement director as well as for Teatru Manoel as an actor in the lead role of the mainstage production of The Crucible.