Theatre/Performance Art Workshop “Verbatim Bodies” by Tra Nguyen

Saturday 11 June 2022
Time: from 3pm to 6pm
Language: English
Location: O Gabinete de Madame Thao, LX Factory loft i2-07 (2d floor), Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon

Would you like to create your own artwork that lies between theater and performance art? Would you like to see how a “character” emerge from your own body and not from a script? Would you like to practice a few techniques in theater-making, and then experiment it with others? This workshop is for you! Theater maker Tra Nguyen will share her working hypothesis “Verbatim Bodies”, and leads a hands-on (also feet-on) session on creating performance using this method. Towards the end of the workshop, everyone would have created, participated in, or observed an original theater/performance work!

Participation fee: 15 euros (10 euros for students)


About “Verbatim Bodies”

“Verbatim Bodies” is Tra Nguyen’s working hypothesis in theater-making; it posits that the performing bodies already embed a multitude of characters. It aims to let-see the fictional characters without moving towards a character, letting-seen the imaginative spaces around the performing bodies. Drawing from the rich intertextual critical thinking of philosophy, performance, and visual art, this method invites the making of a theater within, instead of an event divorced from, daily life.

About Trà Nguyễn

Trà Nguyễn experiments with theater and builds frameworks to transfer such capacity. In her past role with Sàn Art, the longest-running independent art space in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), she has contributed to various educational programs for visual art.
In 2018, Trà launched The Run – A Theater Project, a platform for theater-making infrastructure. She has since produced a number of programmes that engage differing aspects of educational, performing, visual, and dramatic arts to explore the possibilities of performance.
Her stage works have been presented in Vietnam, Japan, and Indonesia.
She pursuits the MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University (US) on Fulbright scholarship, and is 2020-2022 Global Fellow with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. 

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