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Devised dramaturgy is not based in a traditional theatre play but ‘devised’ from different kinds of material through rehearsing, usually through dialogue and collaborative processes.

The forms that come out are extremely various: conceptual theatre, object theatre, participatory theatre, documentary theatre, site specific etc. etc. Devised processes usually include whole teams that work collectively, and the creative process is often finished only with audiences, often also taking on roles of collaborators.

The workshop focuses on creating possibilities of dialogue within creative process of making performance, dialogues between people but also between people and materials. Here the artist is not perceived as someone that comes up with ideas, but someone that creates in relation to others, things and the reality.

The participants will be introduced to basic strategies: listening to material, potential of material, collaborative thinking, thinking through doing etc. of devised dramaturgy. We will be trying out different ‘ingredients’ such as photos, stories, material, films, references, quotes, ready-mades, movements, spaces, ideas, dreams, half-baked thoughts, forgotten desires to devise theatrical situations and explore idea of multiple realties in the theatre.

Practical Information :

4. – 6. 2. 2022
4. 2. 2022 9:00 – 15:00 (with break for lunch)
5. 2. 2022 10:00 – 17:00 (with break for lunch)
6. 2. 2022 10:00 – 17:00 (with break for lunch)

CO.LABS, Kounicova 20, Brno

Full price: 2500 CZK


If the prize is the only thing that discourages you from participating in the workshop, write to and we will solve it together.

MgA. et MgA. Sodja ZUPANC-LOTKER, Ph.D is the Course Leader of international Master in Directing Devised and Object Theatre at the Prague Performing Arts Academy (DAMU), where she also teaches devised theatre dramaturgy. After finishing her master studies in directing and dramaturgy at DAMU, Prague she did her PhD at Vienna University, ZHdK University of the Arts Zurich and Prague Performing Arts academy. She works as a dramaturg for independent theatre, dance and exhibition projects (with Cristina Maldonado, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Julian Hetzel, Jan Mocek, Farm in the Cave, Lotte van den Berg, TAAT, Kristýna Lhotáková, Petra Tejnorová, Wojtek Ziemilski, Kunsthalle Praha). She was artistic director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2008 – 2015, event she has worked for since 1999. She has also served as coordinating curator for a number of international artistic research projects such as: Global City Local City, Space – Performing Arts in Public Space and Urban Heat and is one of the main researchers in Costume Agency artistic research at KHiO Oslo 2018-21. She has given lectures and workshops at Columbia University, Yale School of Drama, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Reykjavik Arts Academy, Norwegian Theatre Academy, HKU Utrecht, Kiasma Helsinki and a number of festivals and symposia. From 2014 she is on Editorial Board of Theatre and Performance Design Journal; and on Editorial Board of Performance Research Journal, both published by Routledge.

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When the event takes place

4–6 february 2022 - 09:00–17:00

Entrance fee

Adults2500 CZK

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