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Day #5 

The fifth session was all about Theater.

The actress Kirsten Burger talked about the following genres in theatre, focusing on:

  • Spoken theatre
  • Dance theatre
  • Dance
  • Theatre in a non-theatrical space
  • Site-specific performance
  • Theatre in public space
  • Documentary theatre (documentary film) etc.

Starting from the definition of the different aesthetic forms, the main focus was on the development of thematically relevant vocabulary, including the following topics:

- Who can we do theater with? Laymen, professionals (actors, dancers, singers, acrobats, artists......)

- Focusing on laymen (people of different origins, people with disabilities, unemployed, refugees, prison inmates, etc.)

The lesson was accompanied and inspired by various videos and images including Pina Bausch and Robert Wilson ("How does he use make-up and costumes? Why does he create his actors so "artificially"...")

As always, the discussion was lively and was rounded off by the discussion of "Einer Schleef": What is choral work in theatre? Choric speech, choral movements.

It became especially interesting when different terms came into play: 

"What are the differences between a character and a persona, a role and a character in theatre and how are they used?"

The next session will deal with the circus and costume on day #6.

So stay tuned!

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