Workshop Costume Agency. March 4-15 2019, Prague

Photo credit: Sodja Lotker, picture posted on Facebook
Photo credit: Sodja Lotker, picture posted on Facebook

Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and KHiO - Oslo National Academy of the Arts Invite to join

Costume Agency: Devising Garment
March 4th - 15th, 2019 (10.00 - 14.00 Mon-Fri)
DAMU, Prague, Czech Republic
This workshop led by dramaturg and curator Sodja Lotker (CZ) will explore potential of devising theatre with costume as starting point. We will explore costume's performative potential in the theatre through using basic devised theatre ideas (concept, context, composition, material, try-out, fail, accident etc.) and strategies (reading from material, potential of material, tasks etc.).
Devised theatre is not based in a traditional theatre play but created from different kinds of material through rehearsing. In this workshop we will take ready-made costumes (a mix of existing historical, contemporary costumes as well as non-theatre garments) as the basis for creating performance. By translating, constructing, reconstructing, and deconstructing garments, accessories, masks, and other body extensions (and often without physically damaging them) we will explore the potential of costume as the main material of the performance. Further we will explore its performative potential within performance by mixing it and matching with other theatre 'ingredients' such as photos, stories, material, films, references, quotes, objects, texts, gestures, movements, spaces, ideas, dreams, half-baked thoughts, and forgotten desires. 

Costume Agency: Devising Garment is part of Costume Agency a four-year artistic research project by Christina Lindgren (KHiO, Norway) and Sodja Lotker (DAMU, Czech Republic). Workshop is open for students and professionals. There is no participation fee. We have no scholarships for travel and accommodation. To apply, send your motivation letter and short bio to not later than January 20th, 2018.

Sodja Zupanc Lotker is the Course Leader of Master in Directing Devised and Object Theatre at the Prague Performing Arts Academy (DAMU). She works as a dramaturg for independent theatre, dance and site specific projects (with Cristina Maldonado, Farm in the Cave, Lotte van den Berg, TAAT, Wojtek Ziemilski). She was artistic director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2008 - 2015, event she has worked for since 1999. Prague Quadrennial has won EFFE Award 2015-16. She has curated and commissioned costume exhibitions and projects such as Extreme Costume (PQ 2011); living installation/performance for Intersection: Intimacy and Spectacle (PQ 2011) and the Tribes (costumes in public space PQ 2015). She has given lectures at Columbia University, Yale School of Drama, Royal Central School of Speech. 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.