Bar Drama – CuratorLab project

This project has a link with my MA thesis, entitled Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Zoo and the theatre that discussed the relationships between actions/performance and the theatre , but in a broader way and focused mainly on the Italian and American scene.
The present research would move to contemporary art and in particular performance – not only understood as “moving body” but also taking into account other forms, such as talks, writing, etc. – and analyse it through a “theatrical entrance”.

Three Artists in Three Acts
Moderna Bar, June, Friday 13th from 7 p.m.

 We need a new theatre, a theatre without  spectatorship. We need a theatre where the optical relation- implied in the word theatron  –  is subjected to another relation, implied in the word drama. Drama means action. The theatre is a place where an action is actually performed by living bodies in front of living bodies.

Jacques Rancière, The Emancipated Spectator, 2010

What happens when theatre meets performance? Bar Drama attempts to investigate the relationships between theatre and performance, in particular how the use of language typical of the theatre relate to the forms of visual arts, especially performance, and how artists deal with these questions.

Bar Drama transforms the bar into a theatre foyer where the audience wait for something to happen and in which the lines between fiction and reality, theatre and performance are blurred. In this frame and its beautiful view on Djurgården, three artists –  Louise Dahl-Lindvall, GIDEONSSON/LONDRÉ, Charlotta Smith – will present site-specific works using tools and techniques taken
from theatre, mixing them with their own practices. The artists have different approaches but they are linked together through an interest in exploring the possibilities of experimental theatre.

Every pièce will focus different aspects of the theatrical in performance, such as the body, the script, and the actor.
Louise Dahl-Lindvall narrates a story and includes the public in a “one-by-one” performance; GIDEONSSON/LONDRÉ pursue a physical action through a wind machine and a manuscript and Charlotta Smith plays with two actresses and the audience through a poem.

This project is supported by CuratorLab / Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design

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About CuratorLab at Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm

CuratorLab is an international self-directed curatorial course dedicated to the advancement of curatorial practices based on research in the arts, crafts and design. It is designed to offer time to conduct research and to explore new directions and ideas in order to develop artistic or theoretical work while linking academic study to cultural projects.
The course offers the participants the possibility to develop and realize one individual and/or collaborative project in the form of a public presentation, i.e. exhibition, lecture series, publication, screenings, seminar, for which CuratorLab provides professional feedback and practical support as well as a moderate production budget. The final form, and where it will be presented, is decided by each participant in dialogue with his or her personal advisor.

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