Dramaturgy is a distinct practice that facilitates artistic decisions pertaining to content, structure, design and form, as well as all modes of communication related to a work.

Over the last decade, performing arts professionals in Hong Kong have begun to integrate dramaturgical approaches as part of their performance making. Prompted by the increased interest in the practice of dramaturgy in a variety of contexts, West Kowloon and the School of Drama at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts are collaborating to organise the three-year discursive and practice-based platform “Dramaturgy and Beyond”. This platform investigates the practice, role and function of dramaturgs, and their relationship with artists and the artistic process within contemporary performance practice. Through a range of public roundtable discussions, small group practicum sessions and workshops, the platform will delve into the discourse in and around the practice of dramaturgy and the tools that are useful to the creation of dance and theatre within the contemporary context. More importantly, it will offer participants access to a more rigorous set of analytical skills critical to performance making.

Each year, the platform will focus on a particular perspective. In 2018, we begin by unpacking the concepts and approaches of dramaturgy with a particular focus on ‘production dramaturgy’. In 2019, we highlight the role of dramaturgy within the interdisciplinary and festival making practice; and in 2020, participants get hands-on practice working on their own projects with mentorship provided by experienced artists and dramaturgs. (Details to be announced.)

  Date Speakers  
Roundtable 18 March 2018   Details
Workshop Series 1 & 2 19-24 March 2018

Arco Renz
Artistic Director, Kobalt Works

Tang Fu Kuen
Artistic Director, Taipei Arts Festival

Details

Workshop Series 3

2-3, 5-6 July 2018
Screening and Discussion

11-14 July 2018
Artist Workshop

Janice Poon
Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator, School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


Florian Borchmeyer
Head of Dramaturgy, Schaubühne Berlin

Details
Public Seminar 1

15 July 2018

Florian Borchmeyer
Head of Dramaturgy, Schaubühne Berlin
Details
Workshop Series 4

22-23, 30 September 2018
Screening and Discussion

3-5 October 2018
Artist Workshop

Janice Poon
Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator, School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


Stefan Bläske
Dramaturg, International Institute of Political Murder
Details
Public Seminar 2 6 October 2018

Stefan Bläske
Dramaturg, International Institute of Political Murder

Details
Workshop Series 5 2-5 January 2019

Helena Waldmann
Dance Director

 

Arnd Wesemann
Editor, tanz

Details
Public Seminar 3 6 January 2019

Helena Waldmann
Dance Director

 

Arnd Wesemann
Editor, tanz

Details 
to be confirmed

"Creation for Freespace: Dramaturgy and Beyond" Roundtable and Workshop Series 1, 2 Highlights

Target participants:
Dance and theatre professionals, including choreographers, stage directors, playwrights, producers, performing arts critics, interdisciplinary professionals and as well as students of performing arts, performance studies, dramaturgy and related fields

Remarks:

  • While participants are welcome to join an individual event, we highly encourage those interested to attend all events to gain an in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of the practice.
  • Participants joining more than one workshop series (from Workshop Series 1 to 5) are eligible for a discount of 10% to 25% on workshop fees. For details please refer to the individual workshop pages.

Co-organised by:

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Supported by:

Goethe Institut

Hong Kong Dramatists

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