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DRAMATURGY IN DANCE
The Performer’s Creative Process
25-26 August, 15h30-17h30
A lecture series Dramaturgy in Dance by Katja Legin and Andreja Kopač will be held from August 25 to August 29. All lectures are free to attend and open to the public.
The first two days of the series are hosted by Katja Legin. Her theoretical workshop will focus on the performer’s creative process while developing a dance piece, an improvisation, or another piece of dance material. It is intended to the interested public as well as to professional dancers and performing arts practitioners, inasmuch as it aims to approach its subject by shifting between the perspectives of the performer, choreographer/author, collaborators, and the spectator. By offering some insights into the possible approaches, predicaments, and potential “solutions” to/in/of the process, we will talk about the performer’s self-initiative, responsibilities, the questions of spontaneity and structure, and liveness in performance. Since the performer’s work is rarely isolated, we will also talk about working with the choreographer and other collaborators, and about group dynamics as an influential factor for the working process itself as well as for its result. We will also devote some time to the topic of communication with the audience: how does the work communicate with the spectator and how can the viewer’s gaze be integrated already in the working process.
Katja Legin acquired formal education at the Pre-School Education and Grammar School in Ljubljana, department of contemporary dance, and graduated from the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. After graduation she joined the Ljubljana-based EnKnapGroup (2007-2009). As member of the EKG she has worked with many home and international choreographers and directors (Iztok Kovač, Andreja Rauch, Sašo Podgoršek, Mala Kline, Matjaž Farič, Simone Sandroni, Lenka Flory, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Sebastijan Horvat, Tomi Janežič, Bojan Jablanovec). In 2010 she started her MA in theatre direction at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, where her main interests were research and work-in-progress projects dealing in one way or the other with the questions of improvisation, liveness, and performative qualities, which were also the central topics of her thesis. As part of her study she created Test (2009), Sum Up (2010), her final MA work Passages (2012), and wrote the thesis titled Dualisms. Her extended thesis was published in 2015as Dualities: The Performer and Their Work by the Ljubljana City Theatre in its book series. As performer she has collaborated with Matjaž Berger, Matjaž Farič, Magdalena Reiter, Gregor Luštek and Rosana Hribar, Maja Milenović Workman, Snježana Premuš, Andreja Rauch Podrzavnik, Kaja Lorenci, and Mateja Bučar. She is also active as a dramaturge; since 2012 she regularly collaborates with Tomi Janežič. She occasionally writes expert articles (the entire program Life on Touch of the 2012 Maribor European Capital of Culture; Network of Contemporary Dance; Maska). She is the co-curator of monthly music-performative improvisation events Neforma. In 2012 she initiated the No!training Lab, a laboratory in which a group of performers/authors investigated various aspects of performing arts, which resulted in a creation titled Variations on Slowness: TIME OUT. She is the recipient of the 2017 Ksenija Hribar Award (special expert jury mention for achievements over the past three years).
DRAMATURGY IN DANCE / SCHEDULE:
25th - 26th August, 15h30-17h30: Performer's Creative Process / Katja Legin
27th -29th August, 15h30-17h30: History, Analysis, Reflection/ Andreja Kopač PhD.
or online application.
The lectures are made possible by the funding of Municipality of Ljubljana.