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Studio Matejka: the futures of training... in the laboratory

Slee, S M 2011, Studio Matejka: the futures of training... in the laboratory, (conference panel contribution), Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Annual Conference, 20c & 21c Performance Traiing Working Group, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK.

Abstract

This contribution to the ‘Futures of Training’ panel discussion will consider the role of physical performance training in the context of Studio Matejka, a performance laboratory programme at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland (October 2010- June2012). Studio Matejka’s collaborative team draws from diverse theatre, dance and martial arts training bases and aims to develop training/devising approaches that:

o   respond to changing boundaries and pedagogic needs of 21st century performance practice
o   embrace the growing importance of collaboration and group devising processes in relation to individual development
o   focus on the physical and non-verbal modes of articulation in pedagogic andcreative approaches.
As 20th century pedagogic models are dominated by the servant-performer/master-director dichotomy and reward a performer’s conformity to disparate methods/aesthetics, the Studio developed in response to perceived disconnections between current physical training modes and creative practice in contemporary performance.
This paper will examine the pedagogic aims of Studio Matejka and the physical manifestations of its laboratory investigations. Departing from the Studio’s work as a key case study, it will also consider the wider context of performance laboratory work within the futures of performance training.

Publication Details

Type
conference panel contribution

Publisher
Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Annual Conference, 20c & 21c Performance Traiing Working Group
Kingston-upon-Thames, UK