Going beyond the stage – a theatre workshop with Laura Kalauz

May 21, 2012 in Angelo Romano, Workshops

The main focus of Angelo Romano’s residency stay in Poznan is the question of space where society and the world of art can coexist. He examines the issue through various meetings, both formal and informal, scheduled and spontaneous. That’s why Laura Kalauz’s stay in Poznan means not only the CMMN SNS PRJCT show but also the workshop held on 21 May 2012 with young theatre lovers.
The workshops consisted of two complementary parts. During the first one, the participants discussed the relations between the artist, the work of art and the audience, and examined the ways to go beyond the existing conventions of their interactions. The de-constructive actions are not limited to audience activation but require a thorough redefinition of the artist’s own status. Rather than remaining an actor who delivers his lines from afar, the artist should go beyond the space of the scene, establishing himself as a part of the community. This task constituted the second part of the workshops. Together with Laura Kalauz, the students practiced various methods of interaction with random passers-by. The reactions they encountered, the spontaneous gestures and internal feelings they witnessed and experienced, were to help them become more sensitive to the art-audience relation. The goal was to aid the students in developing instruments which would allow them in the future to go beyond the framework of theatrical conventions.

During the workshops, our guest was Mr Simon Geissbühler, a Minister from the Department of Culture of the Swiss Embassy, who shared a lunch with us at the Rose Courtyard of the Poznan Imperial Castle.

Text: Michał Kępski.
Photos: Zuzanna Szczerbińska.