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.

 

out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman

out-of-silence-ISBN-978-0-6482570-0-4-Cover-LAn invitation from Andreas Dalman and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM
to the launch of out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman
Published by Dalman Productions
Book Launch and conversation

Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 18 August
2pm to 3.30pm

followed by sales and signings in The Curatoreum Bookshop

Special guest presenter Shane Breynard, Director, Canberra Museum and Gallery.

In the final years of his life, Jan Dalman carefully selected what he felt were the most potent, evocative and expressive photographs he’d taken of Marceau from the wings during performances in Adelaide and Melbourne. His great wish was to have a book published to honour Marcel, who had passed away before him in 2007. out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman is the realisation of this dream.

For more information please visit dalmanproductions.com.au

Book launch

tempestsOn 21 April Mirramu was host to the launch of Barbie Robinson’s poetry book: That looks on tempests – thoughts on the nature of love (published 2018, For Pity Sake Publishing Sydney).

A happy crowd assembled for drinks and chat in the grounds with wonderful catering by Bernadette Johnson.

The launch contained a number of performance elements including three beautiful dances by Mandy Tutalo and a rendition of one of Barbie’s poems by composer/musician Gabriela Cabral. It was a delightful event drawing on the magic of place and enabled by a team of wonderful helpers.

The book is available in Canberra at Harry Hartog’s Booksellers, Woden and online at http://forpitysake.com.au

Irish tour of Loch na hEala

Ireland

Touring with Teac Damsa’s Loch na hEala continued with six weeks in Dublin and regional Ireland. Yet another accolade came in the form of best contemporary dance choreographer (British Dance Awards 2018). Audiences responses continued to be very positive with standing ovations everywhere.

The weather was less kind with freezing conditions and snow as the Beast from the East met a storm front from the south west causing cancellations of two performances in Mullingar and confining the cast to barracks for two days.

The famous Abbey Theatre that is steeped in history and full of theatrical spirits, was a place of deep inspiration for our two-week season there.

Adelaide Walk of Fame

In January 43 degree heat in Adelaide Elizabeth was inducted into the Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame. There was an excellent morning ceremony attended by many of those represented in the Walk and an evening Gala concert with a great variety of entertainment. Great job Adelaide Festival Centre.

2018 new year greetings

Sadlers Wells photoNew year greetings  and heartfelt thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Drawing breath and catching you up on our news – we know many of our Mirramu community have kept up with us but here is a little bit of light reading to bring you up to speed with our main comings and goings from late 2015 to the present.