Dramaturgy is increasingly a critical function in the development of contemporary theatre work. However, this role is not necessarily a given or even common place in this part of the world due to lack of resources, suitably trained candidates or an unclear understanding of such a function. In the most traditional sense, a dramaturg serves as a research expert in contextualising text, topic and even form within available canon or critical writings. As an expanding function, the dramaturg helps establish structural and critical links between directors, playwrights and performers, as well as between the performance, its audience, and society.

In this four-hour intensive workshop, participants will engage in discussion and exercises in relation to a theme suggested by dramaturg Professor Christoph Lepschy, and bring along one idea and related materials to work on a proposal within the Hong Kong context. Participants will learn to question, investigate and contextualise an idea through the lens of a dramaturg, finding ways to build a more concrete perspective and form for their work to speak to the society.

25 October 2015 (Sunday)

9:30am to 1:30pm

Videotage (Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong)

Workshop Instructor:
Prof. Christoph Lepschy (Germany)

Target Participants:
Theatre practitioners

Workshop fee:

Application is now closed. Enquiries: (852) 2200-0096 (Ms Sin), tancy.sin@wkcda.hk [West Kowloon Cultural District Authority] or (852) 9028-6899 (Mr Jacky Chan), dr802jc@gmail.com [On & On Theatre Workshop]

In Collaboration with

On & On Theatre
in their New Writing Festival 2015


Photography: "Der blaue Boll" by Ernst Barlach, directed by Stephan Rottkamp, Staatsschauspiel Stuttgart; dramaturgy by Christoph Lepschy

Consultation: Working with a Dramaturg will also be conducted. Six emerging theatre groups will be invited to join this consultation workshop. Each with a project proposal, are to meet with Prof. Lepschy together as a working group and also individually. Prof. Lepschy will offer dramaturgical input to the proposals.

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