In Conversation: Text and Making
March 29–30, 2019

The In Conversation: Text and Making symposium will focus on the exploration of text and its role in the development of new work in the performing arts. Panelists will share insights into the role of text and the dramaturg in creating a new work in dance, the conversations of librettists and composers about using original source material to create story and song, and how script development may begin with non-text-based devising and methods of movement-based collaboration. See the program for speaker/panelist bios. 

All activities take place at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

REGISTER

Friday, March 29, 2019

Registration

Stage 5

Early check-in for the symposium and the opportunity to have a drink before attending a performance of Because I Am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia) or Les 7 doigts de la main: Réversible at Krannert Center.

Performance: Because I Am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia) with Talkback Following

Studio Theatre

Because I Am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia), by Mina Samuels and directed by Barbara Pitts McAdams, opens this weekend at Krannert Center. Produced by Illinois Theatre, this new work premiere was created using Moment Work, the devising technique used by Tectonic Theatre Company.

Following the performance, attend a talkback in the theatre lead by Christine Young, feminist theater dramaturg/practioner, associate professor, University of San Francisco Performing Arts & Social Justice Program,and members of the creation team.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Krannert Center box office.

 

Performance: Les 7 doigts de la main: Réversible

Colwell Playhouse

In 2002, seven circus artists came together to found The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts) collective. At once unified and multifaceted, this Montreal troupe calls upon more than a collective century of performance experience to expand the horizons of movement and visual spectacle through imaginative, immersive, and athletic productions. Réversible is dedicated to a generation who forged the world that we live in today and whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Krannert Center box office.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bagel Breakfast and Registration

Lobby (and/or Krannert Room)

Text and Performance: The Last Word

Moment Work Workshop

Opera Rehearsal Room

Space is available for 25 participants and requires separate workshop registration. The first twenty workshop registrants will receive a free copy of the book Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project's Process of Devising Theater.

In creating a play, developing the script is sometimes the last step in the process, not the first. Participate in a workshop centered on non-text-based devising with theatre artists and faculty exploring methods of movement-based collaboration led by the director and playwright of Because I Am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia), a new work premiere produced by Illinois Theatre.

The workshop will center on principles in Moment Work: Tectonic Theatre Project's Process of Devising Theatre, a new text co-authored by Moises Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams. The first 20 registrants will receive free copies of the book. Additional copies can be purchased through the Illini Union Bookstore.

Workshop Leaders

  • Barbara Pitts McAdams, director for Because I Am Your Queen and co-author of Moment Work
  • Mina Samuels, playwright of Because I Am Your Queen

Lunch

Krannert Room and Lobby

An opportunity for informal dialogue about the Moment Work Workshop with participants and leaders.

Text and Movement: Dramaturgy in Motion

Unseen Collaboration inside Dance Performance

Opera Rehearsal Room

A panel of dance dramaturgs and faculty choreographers examine the role of text and the dramaturg in creating a new work in dance. Explore dance dramaturg Katherine Profeta's work Dramaturgy in Motion, which "innovatively examines the work of the dramaturg in contemporary dance and movement performance." The work explores five arenas for the dramaturg, but this discussion will focus on the first—text and language. The first 20 registrants will receive a free copy of Dramaturgy in Motion. Additional copies can be purchased through the Illini Union Bookstore. The first chapter of the book is provided for discussion purposes.

Panelists

Break

Text and Music: What Do You Hear in These Sounds?

Librettist and Composer Team in Conversation

Opera Rehearsal Room

The librettist/composer team has long been a mainstay in creating the American musical. Joined by faculty and alumni musical theatre scholars, the discussion centers on collaborating with original source material to create story and song.

Panelists

  • Zoe Sarnak, composer and lyricist for Afloat
  • Emily Kaczmarek, playwright and librettist for Afloat
  • Moderator: Jeffery Eric Jenkins, Illinois Theatre faculty

In Conversation: Text and Making

Krannert Room

Wrap-up discussion with speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders.

Moderator: Kirsten Pullen, Head, Illinois Theatre

Related Events

Attend Illinois Theatre's production of Because I Am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia), a new work by Tectonic Theatre Company created using Moment Work principles and directed by company member Barbara Pitts McAdams. Also join in a post-performance dialogue about creation and text.

March 28–30, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

April 2–6, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

April 7, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.

Post-performance Talk: March 29, 2019

Studio Theatre, Krannert Center

Sponsor: Illinois Theatre

Purchase tickets at the Krannert Center box office

In 2002, seven circus artists came together to found The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts) collective. At once unified and multifaceted, this Montreal troupe calls upon more than a collective century of performance experience to expand the horizons of movement and visual spectacle through imaginative, immersive, and athletic productions. Réversible is dedicated to a generation who forged the world that we live in today and whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow.

March 29, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

March 30, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center

Sponsor: Krannert Center

Purchase tickets at the Krannert Center box office

Drawing from her training in theatre and the psychology of group dynamics, New York–based artist Autumn Knight makes performances that reshape perceptions of race, gender, and authority. She scrutinizes institutional spaces that regulate African American subjects or that assert their absence, often putting black women at the center of the conversation to usurp the dynamics of a room with humor and with purpose. Celebrate the release of Krannert Art Museum's new catalogue publication Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal, featuring a collection of essays from artists and university scholars.

April 4, 2019

Sponsor: Krannert Art Museum