Conference program

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The GAP

drama and theatre education

A practice centred international conference

 

Organised by: InSite Drama

Co-organiser: Örkény Theatre

  29th-31st July, 2016

Venue: Örkény Theatre, Budapest

 

An English language conference, Hungarian translation provided for plenary proceedings

IMG_1062Theatre and drama education are important modes of exploring the world, ourselves and others in it. There are various methodologies within the field, but our conference focuses on an approach that considers drama as an art form that highlights the complexities and the socio-historic dimensions of human situations.

The participants of the conference will gain insight into the practical implementation of contemporary playwright Edward Bond’s drama theory. Following Bond’s thinking the conference will also start out from examining the crisis of our times and the problems faced by generation Y and Z. We will then focus on key concepts of Bondian theory and the possibilities of using these in practice to explore problems. The conference will then turn to planning and investigating the possibilities of implementing the theory and practice in specific art or pedagogy projects.

VITASZINHAZ_2016_06_13_30bThe concepts will be explored through a variety of forms; participatory workshops, ateliers, planning workshops, keynote talks and discussion.

We believe it is important for knowledge from the social sciences, other art forms and practices of social engagement to influence our drama and educational work. Keynote speakers will reflect on the discussed problems from a sociological or philosophical perspective, while artists from visual arts will also offer their approaches. We will also create space to reflect on the dilemmas of civic activism.

New information and further details about the conference will be constantly shared on the event’s Facebook page.

Friday, 29th July

The first day of the conference concentrates on the problems faced by the Y and Z generations, and the crisis of our times. We will engage in these subjects through keynotes in the morning and through workshops in the afternoon.

09:00 – 10:00 Arrival – registration (including an interactive installation)
10:00 – 13.00 Welcome and opening of the conference

Keynotes:

·         Imagination and political action – Zsolt Bagi (Hungary), philosopher, University of Pécs

·         Generation Y/Z and political activeness – Domonkos Sik, (Hungary) sociologist, Eötvös Loránd University

·         Crisis and education –  a Chinese perspective – Cao Xi (China), creative director, Drama Rainbow Centre, Beijing

Discussion opened to conference participants, chaired by Adam Bethlenfalvy (Hungary), TIE practitioner, InSite Drama

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop 1. – Generation Y

4 parallel workshops exploring the situation of Generation Y dramatically – the workshops are led by young participants of the youth exchange from China, Malta, United Kingdom and Hungary

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00 Workshop 2. – The crisis through drama

4 parallel workshops offering the possibility of exploring the contemporary social crisis through drama and theatre

Participants can choose from:  

A)     Myths for today – Kostas Amoiropoulos (Greece), teacher, specialist in drama education and Bondian theory

B)      Story on migration – Chris Cooper (UK), playwright, director, drama teacher

C)    Realising reality in drama: imagination at work–  Cao Xi (China), creative director, Drama Rainbow Centre, Beijing

D)     Our history – Adam Bethlenfalvy (Hungary), TIE practitioner, InSite Drama

18:00 – 18:45 Dinner break
18:45 – 20:30 Presentation and analysis of a work in progress:

Humana Fragmenta – a play written for the project by Chris Cooper (UK), playwright, director, drama teacher. The play will be framed and analysed by the author.

Conference bar – venue tbc.

 

Saturday, 30th of July

The second day of the conference focuses on key concepts of Edward Bond’s theory. These will be explored through keynotes, workshops and special planning workshops, so participants have the chance to engage in them in different modes.

09:00 – 10:00 Registration – development of installation
10:00 – 13.00 Keynotes:

·         Freedom in theatre – Adrian Buckle (Malta), director, Unifaun Theatre

·         Mapping Drama and Educational Theatre – Adam Cziboly (Hungary), drama practitioner, InSite Drama

·         The Crisis in Drama in Education – Imaging the Real – Prof David Davis (UK), professor, Birmingham City University

·         The Need for Drama – Chris Cooper (UK), playwright, director, drama teacher

Discussion opened to conference participants, chaired by Adam Bethlenfalvy (Hungary), TIE practitioner, InSite Drama

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 18:00

 

 

 

The workshops include a 15 minute coffee break.

 

The workshops offer specific examples and engage the participants in structuring an art-educational process using concepts coming from Edward Bond’s theory.

Workshops:

A)     Structuring drama in education with Prof David Davis, Kostas Amoiropoulos and Adam Bethlenfalvy

B)      Structuring theatre in education (TIE) with Chris Cooper

C)    Structuring theatre processes with Cao Xi

D)     Structuring non-drama arts projects with Ceri Townsend and Adam Cziboly

18:00 – 19:00 Dinner break
19:00 – 21:00 Projects examples – different arts educational and social arts projects from important Hungarian organisations in the field:

·         Örkény IRAM – the Örkény Theatre’s Youth and Education Initiatives

·         Káva Theatre

·         ARTEMISSZIÓ Foundation

·         Round Table Theatre in Education Company

21:00 Conference bar – venue tbc.

 

Sunday, 31st of July

The third day of the conference looks at the possibilities and challenges of implementing projects. Invited speakers will offer examples of challenges faced by arts based social projects. We will look at further possibilities of implementation through a creative project planning workshop. The three days of linked up activities will end with a joint reflection and summary.

09:00 – 10:00 Registration – development of installation
09:50 – 10:45 The Giant’s Embrace – participatory Theatre in Education programme in ‘Hunglish’ (InSite Drama – Kerekasztal TIE)
11:00 – 13.00 Keynotes:

·         The responsibility of the activist – Éva Tessza Udvarhelyi (Hungary), chair, School of Public Life

·         Contemporary art and autism –  Hajnalka Tarr (Hungary), visual artist, artistic director, www.autisticart.hu

·         Making the Gap – Ceri Townsend (Wales), mentor, founder of The GAP Arts Project

Discussion opened to conference participants, chaired by Adam Bethlenfalvy (Hungary), TIE practitioner, InSite Drama

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 17:30 Project development workshop – led by Adam Cziboly (Hungary), drama practitioner, InSite Drama

This workshop will provide a framework for understanding the process of developing arts and educational projects. We will work in 15-20 small groups, each group developing a specific project idea raised by one of the participants.

Through a series of practical exercises, participants will get the opportunity to build their own framework of questions that need to be addressed to plan and implement their project – whether it is a couple of days of school activities or an international theatre coproduction.

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 19:00 Closing reflection
20:00 – Conference Closing Party – venue tbc.

 

Join the Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/facingthegap) and keep in touch with this international community!

 

Conference director:              Adam Bethlenfalvy (InSite Drama)

Conference coordinator:      Julcsi Szabó (InSite Drama)

Conference board:                 Adam Cziboly (InSite Drama)

Adrian Buckle (Unifaun Theatre)

Cao Xi (Drama Rainbow)

Ceri Townsend (The GAP Arts Project)

Chris Cooper (Accident Time)

 

www.facingthegap.eu    facingthegap2016@gmail.com

 

Workshops in Beijing

DSC_8033Between the 1st and the 21st of June  fifteen young people from China have been working on a 7 part theatre workshop in central Beijing.

Based on Edward Bond’s play The Children, the workshop led by Drama Rainbow took young people from 13 to 17 years old on a journey of exploring themselves and what it is to be growing up.

The play, originally written for young performers in the UK, was adapted into an experiential workshop where participants first explored as themselves before going into being Joe’s friends who were involved deeply in Joe’s dilemma – his mother asks him to burn down a house.

The workshop started from young participants investigating an allotment space cut through by an obsolete railway. DSC_8086The group were then asked to create an object in the space through which they identified the world they are living in. The depicted moment of placing the objects revealed these concepts through bringing an action. The actor teacher in role as Joe, a 17 year old boy then came to talk to a doll about his life and family. The group were focused on exploring the world of Joe by giving a voice to the doll; exploring the first time Joe discovered the doll; what his classmates’ attitude toward Joe, etc. They were then focused on creating a ‘gang’ of Joe’s friends by designing a secret pact, tattoos, images and experienced an intruder to the gang before Joe shared what his mother asked him to do.

The experience reflected an extremely divided view towards the responsibility of the gang when they realised that they were seen by the intruder and they were involved DSC_7942by knowing what Joe intended to do. The workshops then
shifted to a performative mode where participants were given lines as the story unfolded. The intense rehearsal of some segments of the play offered a different perspective towards the division of young; the pain of growing up and accepting responsibility toward oneself and the other.

The workshop is part of the Facing the Gap cultural initiative which has been undertaken in four countries since December 2015.

THE GAP – International Conference

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drama and theatre education

A practice centred international conference

Organised by: InSite Drama

Co-organiser: Örkény Theatre

 

 29th-31st July, 2016

Venue: Örkény Theatre, Budapest

An English language conference, Hungarian translation provided for plenary proceedings

 IMG_1062Theatre and drama education are important modes of exploring the world, ourselves and others in it. There are various methodologies within the field, but our conference focuses on an approach that considers drama as an art  form that highlights the complexities and the socio-historic dimensions of human situations.

The participants of the conference will gain insight into the practical implementation of contemporary playwright Edward Bond’s drama theory. Following Bond’s thinking the conference will also start out from examining the crisis of our times and the problems faced by generation Y and Z. We will then focus on key concepts of Bondian theory and the possibilities of using these in practice to explore problems. The conference will then turn to planning and investigating the possibilities of implementing the theory and practice in specific art or pedagogy projects.

The concepts will be explored through a variety of forms; participatory workshops, ateliers, planning workshops, keynote talks and discussion.

We believe it is important for knowledge from the social sciences, other art forms and practices of social engagement to influence our drama and educational work. Keynote speakers will reflect on the discussed problems from a sociological or philosophical perspective, while artists from visual arts or film will also offer their approaches. We will also create space to reflect on the dilemmas of civic activism.

You can participate in the conference without any prior knowledge or experience in drama or theatre education. Everyone interested in the subject and approach is welcome!

The keynote speakers, workshop leaders include: 

Prof. DavVITASZINHAZ_2016_06_13_30bid Davis (UK), a prominent figure of the international drama education field, who has made huge impact on the international development of the field

Chris Cooper (UK), playwright, director, specialist in theatre in education and implementing the theory of Edward Bond

Cao Xi (China), director, drama educator, the creative director of the Drama Rainbow Centre in Beijing

Kostas Amoiropoulos (Greece) teacher, specialist in drama education and Bondian theory

Ceri Townsend (Wales) designer, director, mentor of young artists

Ádám Bethlenfalvy (Hungary) drama teacher, specialist in educational theatre

Ádám Cziboly (Hungary) drama teacher, specialist in educational theatre

…young artists from China, Malta, Britain and Hungary who are participating in the youth workshop of the Facing the Gap project…

… projects of the Örkény Theatre’s Youth Programme, Roundtable Theatre in Education Company will also be introduced.

 

Some of our specialist guests will be:

Domonkos Sik, sociologist – talking about the Y and Z generations and social engagementlazadas

Zsolt Bagi, philosopher – about the relation of fiction and reality, and politics and arts

Hajnalka Tarr, visual artist – about visual arts, autism and social participation

Tessza Éva Udvarhelyi, chair of School of Public Life – about the dilemmas of activism

 and further surprise guests… :) 

 

A short summary of the conference’s three days:

29th July, Friday: The first day concentrates on the problems faced by the Y and Z generations, and the crisis of our times. We will engage in these subjects through keynotes in the morning and through workshops in the afternoon.

30th July, Saturday: The second day focuses on key concepts of Edward Bond’s theory. These will be explored through keynotes, workshops and special planning workshops, so participants have the chance to engage in them in different modes.

31st July, Sunday: The third day looks at the possibilities and challenges of implementing projects. Invited speakers will offer examples of challenges faced by arts based social projects. We will look at further possibilities of implementation through a creative project planning workshop. The three days of linked up activities will end with a joint reflection and summary.

There will additional programmes, interactive events, performances also enriching all three days. 

 

New information and further details about the conference will be constantly shared on the event’s Facebook page and the project website, where we will publish the detailed conference program on the 10th of July.

Registration:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X4BClPNCKeqb3gRrwMP5bsRhP9reyJRe5vJj1DrqXRw/viewform

Ticket price:       30 EUR for the three day conference

Deadline for registration: 15th July

We offer a restricted number of free attendance possibilities, for details please contact Julcsi Szabó at facingthegap2016@gmail.com .

Magyar leírás letölthető innen.

Workshops in Budapest

IMG_5891InSite is conducting the local activity of the Facing the Gap project in collaboration with Örkény Theatre in the heart of Budapest.

24 participating IMG_5920young people have been working through three weekends on stories about walls, including Humana Fragmenta, the play written by Chris Cooper for the project.

Some of the participants will participate in the youth exchange in July that will lead up to the final international conference of the Facing the Gap project.

Humana Fragmenta

20160319_164437Intense work is going on in the UK and in Malta on the plays commissioned by the project from Chris Cooper. Chris has written a play for each country reflecting the context and engaging in the subject of migration. The movement of people is understood on multiple levels in these exciting new plays, connecting the refugee crisis with social mobility and generally the complex question of freedom of choice.

Workshops in Malta have just finished on  18th of March, in the UK they have started and participants will be meeting right up till the international youth exchange in July, 2016. The workshops in Hungary will be held over weekends in April, and in June in China.

Preparations are ongoing for our international project conference to be held between 29th and 31st of July. Watch this space for further information!

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Benched in China

4L5A2224_24L5A2175_2Chris Cooper’s Benched has become a celebrated play for young people in three languages since its first premiere in Hungarian, followed by Mandarin Chinese and English. The play has also been played and workshopped in theatre in education programmes as well as in professional theatre in Budapest, Birmingham, Beijing, Singapore, Malta and most recently Shanghai, China. The play has also reached community centre, public spaces and conferences.jBwV-fxhqtsx3499959

From 6 September through the end of 2015, Shanghai Mingyuan Contemporary Art Museum  (McaM) begins to celebrate over 30 years of contemporary Chinese theatre with more than 88 precious documentary films from as early as end 70s post Cultural Revolution plays to the recent vibrant contemporary theatre movement in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Benched directed by Cao Xi, the Artistic Director of Drama Rainbow is selected due to its bold experiment of considering the political extreme in which young people are challenged by the social and cultural crisis in modern China. The IMG_6382_2play’s simplicity in the use of object opens the state of both our society and each individual in it. The play finds the Chinese situation rather than demonstrating what is simply in the text which originally is written for young people in Hungary. Chinese actor Kong Kong performed the play at McaM in August.

The Chinese version of the play was first performed by Cao Xi in Nanluoguxiang Theatre Festival in Beijing, 2014. After the opening of the play Penghao Theatre held an four country link up which aimed to connect the play to different situations of young people, society, democracy and theatre in the UK, Italy, Hungary and China.

 

Benched in Birmingham

11034273_1604354533131646_1173706996907637149_nChris Cooper’s play Benched is a point of connection for the project partners, as it has been produced in Hungary, China and the UK, and also performed in Malta by partners in the Facing the Gap project. You can read here a report on the UK project based on Benched: 

From January to July 2015 The GAP Arts Project ran their first community drama project as part of The BENCHED Project. Benched, a monodrama written by Chris Cooper, tells the story of a young man who, whilst occupying a park bench, deconstructs and confronts the pressures of society, whilst looking after his sister’s baby who lays sleeping in a pram. The drama opens up questions of how present cultural, social and economic crises affect the everyday life of people, and how it can particularly affect those marginalised in society.

It was the first time GAP explicitly used concepts of site and object in their artistic work, for example, working with the audience before the play begins to create the site of the play. GAP would ask the audience about the state of the bench, how well it has been kept, what type of activities happen on the bench, who are the people who use it and more. This allowed the audiences to actively use their imagination to project their understandings, in this instance their understanding of public space, onto the drama and allow it to be acted upon.

Rehearsal-of-BENCHED-with-The-GAP-Arts-Project-2After touring the piece across several community venues and groups across Birmingham the project culminated at the end of July with a large discussion titled Drama, Justice and Democracy. The discussion was developed by the questions raised throughout the performances with speakers from a range of backgrounds booked, including playwrights, a barrister, councillors and more. Whilst a fruitful conversation ensued, it proved difficult to tangibly move towards a praxis that aims to re evaluate how drama is currently being used in mainstream theatre, however, this did not stop the appetite for continuing this process.

The BENCHED Project was directed by Arron Gill, and produced by Maria Angela Wells.

Bond on Gap

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Edward Bond at the ‘Stop Acting’ event in Budapest, 2009, organised by Kerekasztal Színházi Nevelési Központ – www.kerekasztalszinhaz.hu

Edward Bond’s theory on drama has influenced the project partners greatly. Here is a short part from an interview recently recorded with Bond by Cao Xi, the creative director of Drama Rainbow.

Bond explains his concept of ‘gap':

…what I think about the gap is – there are two uses in a way. If I say reality exists because it’s in my mind, but obviously it’s really out there anyway. So there must be a gap between reality and that. And in that gap is me. I find myself in that gap. What I want to do in a drama is as it were to open that gap so you find yourself in it… YOU have to enter the gap. It has to be you.’

‘Culture is always saying there is no gap, because we have all the answers. You just have to trust authority because the pope can talk to God. Culture is saying there is no gap but it does this by taking over the gap. It is saying oh that’s the mystical and that’s the sublime. And you can go in the gap and meet God. But drama says I am sorry God I haven’t even got time for you there is this person’s need or suffering, bewildered or in danger. And that’s where I am going.’

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