Fantasy Interventions

         writing for site-specific performance          


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A workshop on imagination and writing for site-specific theatre / live urban interventions. For artists and practitioners from a wide variety of backgrounds - theatre-makers, actors / directors, as well as choreographers, stage-designers, architects, poets and writers of many kinds.


Rather than try to enable or kick-start any actual project, the workshop concerns itself with the initial stages of imagination and conception. A designer or architect will often create sketches or models which aim to embody the essence of a project while willfully exceeding many 'real world' limitations (financial, structural, political, aesthetic, etc). Such sketches can often be considered valuable work in their own right, both for the artist and others. 


What kind of 'sketches' can assist us in conceiving performance work for locations outside theatre buildings? 

What sort of imagination is required for this kind of performance? How can we - achieve it? - hold onto it? -  express it?


What does it mean to balance fantasy with feasibility?

To what extent are they separable? 

Where would the audience be? Who would they be, where would they come from? What would they see or think? 


With a focus on observation, imagination and writing, and involving walks in the city, discussion, film and photography, the workshop is an exploratory three days culminating in a series of on-location presentations: each participant records their text as a 'track'. These tracks form an 'album' which is then uploaded to ipods (provided by Ant). The group tours the different sites, starting the ipods simultaneously in order to hear the audio together. At each location, the writer will point / indicate the areas being addressed in the audio (eg 'The audience is over here'...). 


To date, Ant has led the workshop in Bahia Blanca (Argentina), Dublin, Cairo, Oslo, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Austin (Texas) and Vancouver.


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Photos - top and bottom taken during workshop in Oslo, Norway: ENCEPA, ‘Expanding Territories’, June 2012
This (middle) - Bahia Blanca, Argentina, Feb 2011. 
Above video shows found graffiti on same bridge: 
‘Todo lo que no pasa tambien es la ciudad’ 
‘THE CITY IS ALSO EVERYTHING THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN’
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