Dramaturgy lectures

24-25 August

©Michael Reinhart

The Dramaturg as Witness, Dialogue Partner and Editor

Flemish dance dramaturg Guy Cools will talk about the different roles he fulfills in his own practice, accompanying choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (B), Danièle Desnoyers (CAN), Alexander Gottfarb (SW/AT), Akram Khan (UK), Joshua Monten (SUI), Arno Schuitemaker (NL) or Stephanie Thiersch (D). The lecture will include practical exercises that the participants can do themselves to reflect dramaturgically on their own work or creative process.

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How to organize the creative dialogue and flow on a distance

The COVID-19 crisis also brought the performing arts economy to a stop, but it didn’t interrupt all creative processes and thinking. In this lecture, the Flemish dance dramaturg Guy Cools will reflect on how a creative dialogue and flow can still be productive on a distance and virtual, also in dance. He will illustrate his talk with recent examples from his own practice, with amongst others Jean Abreu (UK), Siamese Cie (B), Arno Schuitemaker (NL), Sebastian Weber (D) and Naishi Wang (CAN).

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Dr. GUY COOLS (Belgium / Austria) is a dance dramaturge. He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, where he finished a practice-based PhD on the relationship between dance and writing. He has worked as a dance critic and dance curator. He curated from 1990 till 2002, the dance program of Arts Centre Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium and has also curated many international festivals. As a production dramaturg, he worked amongst others with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Alexander Gottfarb, Arno Schuitemaker, Koen Augustijnen, Danièle Desnoyers, Stephanie Thiersch.

His publications include The Choreopolitics of Alain Platel’s les ballets C de la B, In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan, Imaginative Bodies – dialogues in performance practices, The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts.

Guy works as choreographic and dramaturgical mentor. He lectures and teaches at different universities and arts colleges in Europe and Canada (University of Ottawa, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg; University of Limerick in Ireland; University of Ghent, Belgium).

With the Canadian choreographer, Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice ‘Rewriting Distance’ that focuses on the integration of movement, voice, and writing.