Unfolding the many Dramaturgies

26-28 March, 2014

Interdisciplinary, interactive workshop and research seminar on the diverse dramaturgical tendencies in contemporary performance.


This 3-day workshop and its closing research seminar will develop an interdisciplinary and critical approach to performance theory and practice, unfolding the philosophical, theoretical and artistic aspects of performance. Through collaborative and individual work, diverse dramaturgical practices in experimental performance are examined during the course. Participants are invited to elaborate on distinct dramaturgical models, to address dramaturgical questions central to contemporary performance discourses and practices, and to experiment with their individual approach to dramaturgy within their own practice.

The central aim is to provide inventive tools to question, explore and practice an otherwise intangible and extremely diverse area of interest. In doing so, the workshop will unfold the many possibilities and dramaturgies that determine and condition the various strands and dimensions of multi-layered and postdramatic performance work. More specifically, the workshop focuses on distinct and diverse dramaturgical tendencies, exploring form and formlessness, task-based creation, fragmented narratives and aesthetics, serialism, visuality etc. Interested in hands-on artistic research, participants are invited to write, read, question and hijack texts, experiment with thinking processes, play with scores and game structures, and explore idiosyncratic compositional and performative modes.

Research seminar leaders

Dr Konstantina Georgelou – Performing Arts Theorist, Dramaturge, Researcher. Lecturer at the ArtEZ Master of Choreography and the University of Utrecht, NL.

Dr Efrosini Protopapa – Choreographer, Researcher. Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampon, UK.

Dr Danae Theodoridou – Performance maker, Dramaturge, Researcher. Lecturer at the University of Groningen, NL.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 10:00 - 16:00 (including 1 hour lunch break)


  • Understanding the crossovers between the fields of dance, theatre, philosophy and dramaturgy, in contemporary performance and performance studies
  • Focusing on dramaturgy more specifically as a field par excellence that blends theory and practice, thinking and doing
  • Articulating/presenting our research questions and individual participants' practices through discussion and practical tasks
  • Identifying/articulating our relation to dramaturgy

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 10:00 - 16:00 (including 1 hour lunch break)


  • Reflecting on readings through dialogue and written tasks
  • Introducing dramaturgical tendencies, e.g. exploring form and formlessness, task-based creation, fragmented narratives, serialism, visuality
  • Hijacking texts / creating manifestos

Friday, 28 March 2014, 10:00 - 16:00 (including 1 hour lunch break)


  • Developing our own propositions through tasks and exchange
  • Creating performance work individually and in groups
  • Sharing and feedback


Workshop presentation and sharing of its outcomes open to all students and staff of the academic involved but also to the public. Roundtable discussion between all participants and invited staff of the institutions involved, plus invited dramaturges and artists from Belgium.

Organising Committee

Prof. Dr. Christel Stalpaert (Ghent University, S:PAM)

Prof. Dr. Katharina Pewny (Ghent University, S:PAM)

Dr. Frederik Le Roy (HoGent School of Arts – KASK)

Prof. Dr. Luk Van den Dries (Theatre Studies, UAntwerpen)

Prof. Dr. Johan Callens (Literature, VUB)