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  • Time, tem­po­ral­ity and eter­nity – Alexan­dria Nova sem­i­nar

    This years Alexandria Nova seminar will be hosted by Uniarts Helsinki, Theatre Academy. The event takes place on-line, in Zoom. Open call for the seminar presentations is out now!

    CALL FOR SEMINAR SPEAKERS

    Alexandria Nova is a network of North European directing programmes that develops the art of directing and its teaching. During the three-year Erasmus+ project (2019-2022), the network organises each year an open seminar that focuses on the basic elements of directing. In 2021, the seminar is hosted by Uniarts Helsinki, Theatre Academy. Due to the COVID-situation, the seminar will be held on-line via Zoom. It´s in English although some parallel sessions with other languages are possible too. The seminar is directed to the students and teachers of directing and to the whole field of professionals in theatre/performance directing.

    The seminar will focus on time, temporality and eternity in the art of directing. Working with time – observing, sensing, manipulating and sharing it – is an essential part of the art of the director.  The director works with time in the rehearsals, leading processes that build up during weeks, months and years. It is the responsibility of the director to “be contemporary”, that is to understand what meanings are present in specific time and context. The director manipulates time in the performance with rhythm, structure and composition of time. Performance time is also a special kind of time that points to the lived past, and over time and space into eternity, as well as to the future. The transient now -moment that can be shared in theatre with the audience is at the core of the director´s work. On the other hand, theatre is a vanishing art form, the moments of theatre disappear as do our lives. We want to discuss time, temporality and eternity as special circumstances in theatre from many different angles. We welcome all proposals dealing with different aspects of time connected with the art of directing.

    The seminar presentations can address the topic from artistic or from art-pedagogical points of view. Presentations can talk about directing as a practice or as a form of art. They can open processes, tools, skills etc., personal and shared working methods. They can reflect the art of directing in various theoretical frameworks – such as philosophical, social, historical, etc. – or concentrate on specific case-study or temporal parameter – such as duration, transition, processualism, etc.  The presentations can be about building awareness of pedagogical methods used in the teaching of directing. It can be about sharing practical and pedagogical knowledge, working methods and the philosophy behind them. Artistical interventions are also welcome.

    If you wish to contribute, please send a maximum one-page description of your content with your BIO to the coordinator, Saija Raskulla (saija.raskulla@uniarts.fi). Describe also, if you know, what kind of audience participation your part would contain, if it has a maximum amount of participants (we may do parallel session), how long the presentation would take, what language you would like to use and what facilitating requirements would be needed in Zoom. All rights of the material you present should be owned by you or be openly available on the internet.

    The application deadline for the seminar speakers is 31.12.2020. The speakers are being contacted and the programme will be announced in January.

    More information about the content and events of Alexandria Nova can be obtained by ordering the email-newsletter of the project. Please contact the Alexandria Nova Project Manager, Suzanne Muller-Jaeschke, s.muller@hfs-berlin.de.

    Questions? Please contact coordinators Suzanne Muller-Jaeschke, s.muller@hfs-berlin.de, or Saija Raskulla, saija.raskulla@uniarts.fi.

  • Social contexts and collaborative processes!

    Every Monday 5 to 7 pm CET Alexandria Nova presents lectures on contempory directing.

    In his coming up lecture on November 16th the german performance artist Andreas Liebmann presents his artistic research “Imaging the social” which happenes in an ordinary housing area in a suburb of Copenhagen.

    After this lecture there is a student Karaoke in the AN – CANTINA!

    November 23rd Karl Agust Thorbergsson, teacher of directing in Reykjavik, will discuss the creative processes of of the Icelandic performance collective 16 Lovers in relation to directing approaches and the conceptual challenges in the relationship between devising and directing.

    If you want to participate in one of the lectures as a guest or need more information about Alexandria Nova, please contact Suzanne Muller-Jaeschke s.muller@hfs-berlin.de

  • Coming up Monday Lectures: Forest ritual, concept and hybrid forms!

    On October 26th Tumi Björnsson, a directing student from Reykjavik, currently in Helsinki with an Erasmus exchange , will share his experiences. He will focus on the ‘forest ritual’, which is a central part of the education in Helsinki.

    On the 2nd of November Runar Hodne, directing professor in Oslo and Copenhagen, will talk about the notion of concept in the work of a director. The week after, on the 9th of November the norwegian theatremaker and teacher Tale Naess will discuss challenges and possibilities of hybrid theatre forms for the performers and the interpreters (scenographers, directors, dramaturgs etc.).

    THe ALEXANDRIA NOVA Monday Lectures take place each Monday from 5-7pm CET from September till December 2020. Once a month students can propose the content of one session to be held by themselves.

    The lectures are not public and only available to students of the participating schools. To participate in the session, a separate e-mail with a registration link is sent to the Alexandria Nova family. It is possible to attend the lectures as a guest. Please write an email to the Alexandria Nova Projectmanager Suzanne Muller-Jaeschke s.muller@hfs-berlin.de to register and receive an entrance link.

  • Monday Lectures October 2020

    On October 12th and 19th 5 to 7 PM CET, all Alexandria Nova students are invited to two lectures about the methods of Devised Theatre by Egill Pallson, artistic Director of the Arctic Theatre inTromsö. The lecture consist of lectures and shorter tasks for smaller groups, where theory and praxis will mix. We will go through the vocabulary and tools for working with devised formats, tools and work methods. The dramaturgy of attractions and montage are used as the fundament to understand how to work with more performative methods.

    On October 26th there will be a student initiative lecture. We will inform you shortly.


    Monday Lectures take place each Monday from 5-7pm CET from September till December 2020. Once a month students can propose the content of one session to be held by themselves.

    The lectures are not public and only available to students of the participating schools. To participate in the session, a separate e-mail with a registration link is sent to the Alexandria Nova family. It is possible to attend the lectures as a guest. Please write an email to the Alexandria Nova Projectmanager Suzanne Muller-Jaeschke s.muller@hfs-berlin.de to register and receive an entrance link.

    Egill Pallson, artistic Director of the Arctic Theatre inTromsö
  • Coming up Monday Lectures

    At September 21st Saana Lavaste, director and teacher from the Uniarts Helsinki, in her lecture/discussion ‘The Art of Leadership’ will discuss following questions:

    What does it mean “to have a vision”? Does a director always need to have one? What does leadership mean as an artistic tool? How can we train and develop this tool? Should we separate “the artist” and “the leader” in us? Is leading one´s own work the most difficult part of leadership?

    Saana Lavaste from Uniarts Helsinki

    At September 28th you have the choice between two lectures:

    Egill Palsson, director, teacher and artistic director of the Artic Theater in Tromsø, Norway, will go through the vocabulary and tools in the Action Analyses by Maria Knebel.
    Also on September 28th Rodolfo García Vázquez, director and teacher at the SP Escola de Teatro, Sao Paulo, Brazil, will talk about ‘Digital theatre’.
    He will discuss concepts of cyborg theatre, telecopresencen, digital theatre and aesthetics. 

    Please contact Suzanne Muller-Jaeschke s.muller@hfs-berlin.de to get more information and register for the lectures.