Masterclass on Dramaturgy of Devised and Object Theatre with Sodja ZUPANC-LOTKER

Aura of Puppets hosts this workshop during TIP-Fest 30 October to 3 November 2023 in Turku.
The first day of the five-day masterclass Mon 30 October will be streamed live from 15:00 to 18:00 EET and will be later available via this website.

The Masterclass takes place in Manilla Cultural Factory and it's Vanha Viinatehdas Itäinen Rantakatu 64, Turku Finland.

Devised dramaturgy is not based in a traditional theatre play but ‘devised’ from different kinds of material through rehearsing, usually through dialogue and collaborative processes. The forms that come out are extremely various: conceptual theatre, object theatre, participatory theatre, documentary theatre, site specific etc. etc. Devised processes usually include whole teams that work collectively, and the creative process is often finished only with audiences, often also taking on roles of collaborators.

The workshop focuses on creating possibilities of dialogue within the creative process of making performance, dialogues between people but also between people and materials. Here the artist is not perceived as someone that comes up with ideas, but someone that creates in relation to others, things and the reality. The participants will be introduced to basic strategies: listening to material, potential of material, collaborative thinking, thinking through doing etc. of devised dramaturgy. We will be trying out different ‘ingredients’ such as photos, stories, material, films, references, quotes, ready-mades, movements, spaces, ideas, dreams, half-baked thoughts, forgotten desires to devise theatrical situations and explore ideas of multiple realities in the theatre.

The workshop is suitable for people with theatre training or without it.

About the teacher

Doc. MgA. et MgA. Sodja ZUPANC-LOTKER, Ph.D is the Course Leader at the Prague Performing Arts Academy (KALD DAMU), where she also teaches devised and object theatre dramaturgy. After finishing her master studies in directing and dramaturgy at DAMU, Prague she did her PhD at Vienna University, ZHdK University of the Arts Zurich and Prague Performing Arts academy.

She works as a dramaturg for independent theatre, dance and exhibition projects (with Cristina Maldonado, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Julian Hetzel, Jan Mocek, Lotte van den Berg, TAAT, Petra Tejnorová, Wojtek Ziemilski, Fredrik Floen). She was artistic director of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2008 – 2015, event she has worked for since 1999. She has also served as coordinating curator for a number of international artistic research projects such as: Global City Local City, Space – Performing Arts in Public Space and Urban Heat and is one of the main researchers in Costume Agency artistic research at KHiO Oslo 2018-21.

She has given lectures and workshops at Columbia University, Yale School of Drama, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Reykjavik Arts Academy, Norwegian Theatre Academy, HKU Utrecht, Kiasma Helsinki and a number of festivals and symposia. 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.

Attending the event

The masterclass are free of charge and open for all artists working in perforative arts, theatre, puppetry or elsewhere. We also encourage festival presenters, producers and venues to attend the workshop. At the moment the workshop is fully booked. 

Live stream

The first day of the masterclass 30 October 2023 will feature a live streaming on site starting at 15:00 EET. Anyone interested in the lecture given by Sodja Zupanc Lotker can join the stream on IMPULSE! -project IMPULSE! -project's Youtube channel.

Link to the stream