Workshop: An alphabetic order of accusations, beginnings and groceries

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This Workshop is created and given by: Marie-Lena Kaiser, Verena Hahn, Josephine Kalies

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Beginnings

To get to know someone is always nice in the beginning...

(Glossar entry contributed by Maria Trautmann)

When we describe our artistic work, we often use a language borrowed from elsewhere: funding applications in International Art English, project resumés informed by academic writing that in turn informed the work beforehand. What could be a language that emerges straight from the work itself and how can we integrate writing into the process? In the workshop “An alphabetic order of accusations, beginnings and groceries”, we explore the synergy between improvisation and writing: improvisation as a method to work with what is there, and descriptive writing as a method to expand one’s access to that specific situation.The 2-day workshop consists of a sequence of movement exercises that are followed by writing sessions: we are using interviews, transcriptions, note games, voice messages and other forms of collective writing to figure out what happened in the movement exercises, and to let ideas circulate amongst the participants.

The most tangible end result of the workshop will be a glossary in which the group collects their writings under categories they defined themselves, such as Beginnings, Decisions, Preparation, Routine, Silence, Stopping, Translation, Trust (categories taken from a recent workshop). Besides this outcome, we are conceiving the workshop as a space free from different kinds of pressure (the pressure of having to present something in the end, the pressure of comparing oneself to the other participants) - the workshop is about the joy of spending time together, trying out exercises that come up spontaneously as well as being led safely by the workshop leaders, being listened to and listening to the other voices in the room.

Stopping

I should stop being stressed for no reason.
I stopped being on time, and I am not happy about that one.
I guess, because of lockdowns, I stopped looking for social interaction, all the time!
I stopped having cash money, which is probably not a good thing.
I stopped using liquid shampoo, even if the solid one always melts in my bathtub.
I stopped complaining to other people, but I still do it to myself under the shower.
I don’t want to stop smoking.
I stopped cutting my hair, because all the hair salons are closed…
My boyfriend forced me to stop going to expensive supermarkets, so now I go to Penny or Aldi.
I stopped taking the bus in the morning, now I bike.
I am about to stop working as an employee from a state theatre because of the lack of freedom. Even if we are in the middle of a pandemic, I will feel happier to decide things for myself instead of having the security of a job but always someone who tells me what to do or not to do. And maybe I’m making a mistake, maybe I’m going to finish under a bridge, but this we don’t know yet.
I stopped saying yes all the time

(Glossar entry contributed by Jordan Gigout)


Gefördert durch: Fonds Darstellende Künste, #TakeCareResidenzen