Performer Training

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Critical Pedagogy and Performance Training 

Deadline: Friday 6 May 2022

TaPRA Performer Training Working Group Event

Critical Pedagogy and Performance Training

Deadline date: Friday 6 May
Event date: Friday 20 May

A day of discussion and practice at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (University of Sussex, Brighton) to reconsider performer training as critical pedagogy. At this time, when we are questioning who we teach, what we teach, and how we teach, we ask: How might training practices be positioned as critical pedagogy? How does the way that we teach enable choice for our students? How can language open up or close down a liberatory teaching practice? How can we build a pedagogic community of practice for performance training?

The morning session will focus on considerations of critical pedagogy with a panel discussion between practitioner, educationalist and linguist followed by discussion. In the afternoon Niamh Dowling (incoming Principal, RADA) will lead a workshop exploring the language of Systemic Constellations and its intersection with Alexander Technique as an example of critical pedagogy. The day will end with a talk and open rehearsal for Quarantine’s show Twelve Last Songs, part of Brighton Festival 2022.

This meeting of TaPRA’s Performer Training Working Group will also be used to launch a new blog strand for the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training that focuses on pedagogy.

Tickets are free but you must have TaPRA membership. Non-members of TaPRA will have to obtain membership to attend (£18 standard rate, £10 concessions for postgraduates and non-affiliated researchers). Bursaries are available for postgraduates and non-affiliated researchers, including PhD students, on request at application.

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The deadline for applications is Friday 6 May.

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