Digital Dramaturgy Initiative — Apply to the Montreal residency

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Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is now accepting applications for a week-long residency, within the Digital Dramaturgy Initiative, to take place from April 26th to May 1st, 2021

WHAT IS THE DIGITAL DRAMATURGY INITIATIVE?

Following the first iteration of the project at the Blyth Festival pre-pandemic, the Digital Dramaturgy Initiative (DDI) is a collaboration between Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Manitoba Association of Playwrights and the Blyth Festival.

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The pandemic has accelerated our use of digital tools.  However, knowledge and financial gaps are still with us. With this reality in mind, we designed three locally based residencies designed to investigate and expand our collective vocabulary with digital technology.

These three distinct week-long residencies have been designed to allow for a deep investigation and articulation of two main questions:

  1. Where are the literacy gaps in managing the processes and systems in the integration of digital components?
  2. How to best organize creative relationships to maximize expertise in the collaboration process?

THE MONTREAL RESIDENCY

Covid and its impact on live arts : how do we share and grow work in process. 

APRIL 26 – MAY 1, 2021

Creating theatre inside a pandemic – how to use the tools available, what is possible, and what have we learned so far? How can we use this knowledge to create a more accessible platform for theatre? What can we take back into live theatre?

Organized by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, the Montreal residency is looking for theatre performance projects that were conceived for the stage but that now need to be transformed for a digital audience; as well as projects conceived for the new Digital reality. The project may be at any point in the process of creation.

The residency will focus on working with collectives or individuals to discover the possibilities available for the transformation of the work through technology, to a digital platform. This project is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Literacy Fund, as such, an important component of the work is the dissemination of knowledge and expertise. To this end, applicants must be willing to share parts of their creative process and knowledge gained through the residency. DDI and participants will negotiate fair Intellectual Property rights for educational, non-commercial dissemination of exploratory work undertaken during the residency, an example of which can be found ici.

Auxiliary programming over the course of the workshop week will include collective investigations into both traditional and emerging digital tools and technologies, exploring the vocabulary needed to collaborate in digital integration and exploration, and looking at case studies from Canadian and international initiatives.  

Each participating artist will receive a $750 honorarium and is expected to be available for the 5 days of the residency.

We are continuously working to make all of our programs accessible. We recognize that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving.
We are committed to working with artists to create spaces within which Indigenous artists (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), racialized artists (including recent immigrants), members of the 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ communities and/or neurodiverse and disabled artists as well as artists living with chronic illness and chronic pain can create.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please complete the online application form. During the application process, you will be asked to include the following:

  • A description of the project (max. 500 words);
  • An artistic statement in relation to the integration of digital tools;
  • The names of the project’s collaborators, and their creative disciplines;
  • The stage of the work in progress;
  • Your dramaturgical questions being investigated, or what you are investigating;
  • The technologies you are presently using for the project (if any);
  • The technologies you wish you had access to for this project (if known);
  • The knowledge gaps (if you know them) in relation to transforming the work to a digital platform;
  • Any documentation you deem appropriate to the project, sending video files as links.

Audio or video applications are welcomed.

The deadline to submit applications is March 8, 2021 at 5:00PM EST. All applicants will be notified of the results. 

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POSTULER MAINTENANT : Archipels dramaturgiques – un monde de circulations

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Joignez-vous à nous pour une semaine d'ateliers pratiques bilingues avec Jessie Mill et Katalin Trencsényi!

« Toute pensée archipélique est pensée du tremblement, de la non-présomption, mais aussi de l’ouverture et du partage »

— Édouard Glissant, Traité du Tout-Monde

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM), en collaboration avec le Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) annonce sa troisième semaine d’atelier intensif de dramaturgie, Archipelago Dramaturgies/Archipel de dramaturgies, mené par Jessie Mill et Katalin Trencsényi. Cet atelier sera consacré à l’exploration, à l’échange et aux partages de pratiques dramaturgiques dynamiques, favorisant la circulation entre les cultures et les arts, à travers des collaborations, des débats et des discussions. Au sein de l’environnement créé pour cette aventure collective, nous cultiverons le respect et la confiance pour favoriser l’expérimentation et la prise de risque, la possibilité de douter, voire d’échouer en toute liberté, pour permettre l’approfondissement des démarches sans impératifs de résultat. L’atelier se déroulera dans un format hybride (sur site et en ligne) et bilingue (français et anglais).


Calendrier

(Atelier mixte sur site et virtuel de 5 jours)

De 9h30 à 17h00 HNE tous les jours
Du lundi 8 mars au vendredi 12 mars 2021.

Location du site

7250 rue Clark, #103
Montréal, QC
H2R 2Y3


Le programme de cette année s’inspire dans sa thématique de la géographie locale et des forces et courants de la nature. Ainsi, à partir d’une réflexion archipélique au croisement des disciplines (géographie, philosophie et dramaturgie) nous chercherons des approches propres aux arts vivants pour naviguer à travers les courants, contrecourants, entre les cultures, pratiques artistiques et systèmes de connaissances.

Ancré dans le contexte montréalais et dans les réalités plurielles de nos communautés artistiques, l’atelier sera construit sur mesure pour répondre aux projets des participant.e.s et alimenter de riches échanges entre nous, dans l’espoir de créer des résonances et des circulations à l’intérieur du groupe. 

Pour explorer la dramaturgie sous cette perspective, nous emprunterons chaque jour une porte d’entrée différente : l’espace/le temps, le corps/la physicalité, le texte/ la traduction, le son/le silence/la voix, et le public. Grâce à ces éléments et au partage des questions et des enjeux de chacun.e, nous (in)formerons ensemble des archipels dramaturgiques à même de soutenir et de renforcer nos pratiques.

L’atelier proposera les formats suivants : 

  • travail en studio (en groupe);
  • travaux individuels et lecture;
  • rencontres avec des invité.e.s (en ligne et en personne);
  • discussions;
  • accès à des documents visuels, à des enregistrements et à des films;
  • espace de ressources virtuel / en ligne partagé;
  • soutien dramaturgique individuel;
  • une sortie au théâtre;
  • une fête de clôture.

PWM et le CEAD offrent la possibilité à huit dramaturges (toutes disciplines de la scène confondues) ou équipes de travail (2 personne, i.e. un.e dramaturge accompagné d’un.e auteur.rice, concepteur.rice, chorégraphe, etc.) de participer à cette semaine d’exploration des pratiques. Les participant.e.s doivent s’inscrire avec un projet, une pièce ou un enjeu de recherche stimulant sur le plan dramaturgique et qui résonne avec ces mots-clés.

Mots-clés et inspirations

  • entredeux;
  • interconnexions;
  • connexions;
  • formes dynamiques;
  • courants transversaux;
  • contrecourants;
  • constellations;
  • relations;
  • hybridité;
  • métamorphose;
  • transformation;
  • états fluides.

Critères d’admissibilité

  • s’inscrire en tant que dramaturge ou faire partie d’une équipe de travail dramaturge/artiste;
  • venir avec un projet ou une partie de projet ou avoir une question/un projet en tête que vous souhaitez explorer;
  • être prêt.e à faire une courte présentation (15 minutes) sur votre projet devant les autres membres de l'atelier;
  • avoir les compétences en anglais et en français pour suivre et participer à une conversation bilingue;
  • être ouvert à la collaboration et curieux;
  • être disponible pendant toute la durée de la semaine intensive.

Comment postuler

Pour postuler, envoyez une courte candidature en anglais ou en français à Harris Frost à harris@playwrights.ca avec la ligne d'objet: Application - Archipels dramaturgiques. Votre candidature doit répondre à ces questions :

  • Nom(s) et coordonnées;
  • Quel est le projet en cours que vous souhaitez examiner dans le cadre de l’atelier;
  • Comment cet atelier peut-il vous être utile;
  • Une courte biographie;
  • Confirmation de votre disponibilité pendant toute la durée de l’atelier;
  • Tout accommodement nécessaire relatif à l’accessibilité.

Postulez avant 23h59 le 11 janvier 2021 pour vous assurer que votre candidature sera prise en considération.

À propos des animatrices de l'atelier

Photography of Jessie Mill
Photo par Sandrick Mathurin

est dramaturge et conseillère artistique à la programmation du Festival TransAmériques (FTA) depuis 2014. Elle y met notamment en place des dispositifs de rencontres et de transmission, dont les Cliniques dramaturgiques, consacrées à l’accompagnement des artistes. De plus, elle accompagne des créations scéniques (Canada, France, Burkina Faso), réalise plusieurs entretiens avec des artistes et enseigne à l’occasion. Membre du comité de rédaction de la revue Liberté et codirectrice de son cahier critique, elle écrit autour des spectacles et sur les enjeux des arts de la scène. Entre 2010 et 2014, elle a occupé le poste de conseillère aux projets internationaux au Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD), organisme avec lequel elle collabore toujours à titre de conseillère dramaturgique associée. Intervenante au Labo Elan des Récréâtrales, espace panafricain d’écriture, de création, de recherche et de diffusion théâtrales à Ouagadougou, elle accompagne les artistes de la promotion 2019-2020.

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Katalin Trencsényi est dramaturge et chercheure d’origine hongroise basée à Londres. Parmi ses champs d’intérêt se trouvent le théâtre contemporain et la performance, en particulier la nouvelle dramaturgie, les processus collaboratifs, les femmes au théâtre, et théâtre et épidémie. Dramaturge indépendante depuis 2000, Katalin a travaillé avec le National Theatre, le Royal Court Theatre, le Soho Theatre, Corali Dance Company et le Deafinitely Theatre, ainsi qu’avec de nombreux artistes indépendants. En tant que praticienne, Katalin a travaillé et enseigné à l’international : en Belgique, au Canada, en Hongrie, en Lituanie, en Pologne, en Roumanie, en Russie et aux États-Unis. Katalin a cofondé le Dramaturgs’ Network (d’n) en 2001, a participé à ses différents comités et en a été la présidente de 2010 à 2012. Elle est l’auteure de Dramaturgy in the Making. A User’s Guide for Theatre Practitioners (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015), l’éditrice de Bandoneon : Working with Pina Bausch (Oberon Books, 2016) et coéditrice avec Bernadette Cochrane de New Dramaturgy : International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014). Depuis 2018, Katalin travaille comme rédactrice à la section dramaturgique de la plateforme en ligne TheTheatreTimes.com.

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Welcome to our Digital Dramaturgy Clinic!

Do you have a performance piece you have been working on for some time, with concepts you want to fold into your work but do not know how to accomplish technically or digitally?

Perhaps you are at the early stages of your next creation, and want to gather information and knowledge on what is possible on a technical and digital level?

Or maybe you had a piece originally intended for live performance, and want to carry it over in a digital format?

“I want to write holograms into my piece, how would holograms work on stage?”

This digital dramaturgy “first-aid” program offers creators a one-time session (up to 2 hours) with tech and digital specialists Emily Soussana & Andrew Scriver (otherwise known as potatoCakes_digital), to discuss their creation and the technical questions they might have. 

After learning about your goals, Emily and Andrew will help you brainstorm and offer possible technical or digital solutions to your needs. They can discuss the technical processes required, as well as potential story-driven digital concepts to best translate your piece digitally. 

HOW IT WORKS

The Digital Dramaturgy Clinic is an ongoing program, artists in need of assistance should contact Emily & Andrew at potatocakesdigital@playwrights.ca with a short synopsis of their work and the question they wish to address, so that the session can be prepared in advance.

Further consultation can be scheduled if appropriate. This program is set up to help you identify the expertise and technology you need to realize your vision.

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Seeking Participants: Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy Lab

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A five-day exploration of the art of dramaturgy across three disciplines

Dates: February 4-8, 2019  (Mon.-Fri.)
Times: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Studio 303 (372 Ste-Catherine West, Montreal, QC)
Participation fee: $80

This lab is open to creators, writers, choreographers, dramaturgs and interdisciplinary performance artists.

This 5-day laboratory is a gathering of dramaturgs from various disciplines to exchange best practices and fundamental aspects of live art. Led by Kathy Casey (dance), Dana Dugan (circus) and Sarah Elkashef (theatre), the lab is a space to exchange dramaturgical tools and challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is an opportunity to acknowledge dramaturgy as an art form.

Application guideline: To apply for this training, please submit a bio, your CV, and a short (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this training interests you, how it is relevant to your artistic practice and what your expectations are for this lab.

Please send applications to emma@playwrights.ca et à harris@playwrights.ca
Subject line: Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy Lab
Application deadline: January 21, 2019

Biographies:

Born in North Carolina, Kathy Casey began her dance career in 1979 with the Chicago Moving Company. Settled in New York in 1980, she danced for many choreographers before joining the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1984. In 1989, she became a member of Susan Marshall & Company, with whom she had collaborated since 1981. From 1985-1989, she also assisted Mr. Lubovitch and Ms. Marshall in creation. Kathy Casey has danced in Europe, Asia, and North America and continues to give numerous workshops across Canada and the United States. Welcomed by Montréal Danse in 1991, she was appointed Artistic Director of the company in March 1996. A major portion of her work now is collaborating with choreographers on the dramaturgy of the works created for the company. In addition to her work with Montréal Danse, she also works as an artistic advisor with independent choreographers in the city.

Dana Dugan is an American circus artist, performer, pedagogue, and scholar based in Montreal. She was a founding member, programmer, project manager, and producer of the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival and CirqueOFF. Dana recently completed her Master’s Degree at Concordia University under fellowship researching the circus body and its embodied knowledge. She will continue her research explorations and performance of the circus body and speculative performance narratives as a PhD student at Concordia, Fall 2018. Dana’s work reflects an agenda that advocates for socially conscious performances and alternative, queer, feminist, political narratives that cultivate agency on the circus stage.

Sarah Elkashef is a theatre artist, primarily a dramaturg, working in new play development and interdisciplinary creation. At Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal she leads the Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab in addition to various other projects. At the National Theatre School of Canada she often works across programs as a dramaturg, creator, and teacher and in 2016 received their Bernard Amyot Award for Teaching. Sarah recently co-created a circus show for families Eat Sweet Feet, and continues to work on High Z, an immersive performance installation for planetariums based on the 2011 Nobel prize winning discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. Prior to settling in Canada she was the Senior Reader at Soho Theatre in London, U.K. Sarah has also been an associate producer, company manager, literary associate and more in New York City. She is a graduate of Warwick University in English Literature and Theatre (U.K.), has an M.A. in Theatre from Hunter College (CUNY, NYC), and a Graduate Diploma in Communications from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).

 

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