Unpacking dramaturgy as a notion and as a practice
29.07 – 30.07 | 09:30 – 13:30
What is the role of dramaturgy in dance and choreography? How can we approach a project from the lens of dramaturgy? How can we think and act dramaturgically in a creation process? Having these questions as a starting point, in this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore dance dramaturgy both in a theoretical and in a practical level, through written, oral and practical individual and group tasks. The workshop will touch upon contemporary approaches and notions of dance dramaturgy and the role of dramaturg, while it will also offer practical dramaturgical tools and exercises that activate a dramaturgical dialogue in order to reflect upon, to evaluate and eventually to transform their creative process through the lens of dramaturgy. At the same time, participants are provided with the space to ponder over thoughts and ideas around the relationship of dramaturgy with choreography. The workshop aims to open different formats for participants to communicate their thoughts, questions or comments in regards both to their work and to the work of others, in order to gain a different, renewed perspective of one’s own dramaturgical and creative process. The workshop is open to emerging dramaturgs, choreographers, makers and dancers that have a particular interest for creation processes and composition. Participants should bring with them a project that they have create or participate in, to work on during the workshop from a dramaturgical point of view (it could be an already finished project, a new idea or a work in progress).
Rodia Vomvolou (1993, Greece) is a performing arts dramaturg and researcher based between Amsterdam and Athens. She is currently doing her PhD research project on the self-positioning of the dance dramaturg, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Maaike Bleeker in Utrecht University. Rodia graduated from Utrecht University in 2018 with an MA in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy (Cum laude) with a scholarship by John S. Latsis Foundation Scholarship. She also holds a BA in Drama and Performance Theory, History and Analysis from the School of Drama, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Cum Laude). Supported by a scholarship from Stavros Niarchos Foundation, in 2016 she attended a five months exchange program in Theatre and Dance Studies in York University (Toronto, Canada). As a freelancer dramaturg and mentor, Rodia collaborates with institutions and Dance Houses in Europe (Dansmakers Αmsterdam, Dansateliers Rotterdam, Circustruction Rotterdam, Dance House Lemesos, Dance Days Chania, ZfinMalta), as well as with independent artists in Greece (Danae Theodoridou, Eleni Mylona, Persa Stamatopoulou, Ioanna Angelopoulou, Nefeli Asteriou, Anastasia Valsamaki etc.), the Netherlands (Fernando Belfiore) and Cyprus (Petros Konarris, Konstantina Skalionta). Since 2019 she is the mentor and curator of the Artistic Development programme “Moving the New” of Dance House Limassol in Cyprus. She curates along with Elena Novakovits, the project “Infinite Potentials: Choreographic Traces”, a series of performative encounters discussing the notion of contemporary choreography and taking places in different European countries.