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Theatrical Poetry: Actions, Dance and Striptease Two Days Celebrating the Work of Joan Brossa

23 May 2018 - 24 May 2018

Time: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Venue: Arts One, room 1.28 and Harold Pinter Theatre

Over two days (23-24 May 2018), English-speaking audiences will, for the first time, have the opportunity to find out more about the theatre and performance art of Joan Brossa (1919-1998).
Known internationally as an avant-garde artist who collaborated with Miró and Tàpies, Brossa also wrote many plays, musical actions, dance pieces and striptease scenarios.
Join us for talks, workshops and performances, with experts, directors and performers from around the world.
Participants include: Emily Mast (USA), Jonathan Allen (UK), Hari Marini (Greece), and (from Catalonia, Spain), Laura Pau, Adrià Aubert, Jordi Oriol and Carles Pedragosa.
Registration is free but necessary for organisation purposes. 


Wednesday 23 May 2018

13:30 - 14:00   Registration 

14:00 - 14:30   Welcome words 

14:30 - 16:00   Talks and discussion:

The Theatrical World of Joan Brossa by  John London 

Professor of Hispanic Studies and Director of the Centre for Catalan Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

La commedia dell’arte in Brossa's scenic work  by David George

Emeritus Professor of Hispanic Studies at Swansea University, expert in Catalan and Spanish theatre of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and contemporary Catalan theatre and performance.     

16:00 - 16:30   Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:00   Reading of Brossa's work, by Prof. John London

17:00 - 19:00   Workshop: Dancing with Brossa with Emily Mast, Visual and performance artist (USA)

19:00 - 19:30   Break

19:30 - 20:00   Performance Interpretations of Brossa works, by Jonathan Allen, visual artist and writer (UK)

Thursday 24 May 2018 

11:00 - 12:15   Talk and discussion:            

Poetry of Action and Transformism by Héctor Mellinas

Associate Lecturer at the University of Barcelona in Contemporary Theatre; actor, singer and director of the theatre company La Bombeta

12:15 - 12:45   Poetry reading with Dr Noèlia Diaz-Vicedo (lecturer and poet),  and Carme Calduch (Catalan language instructor at Queen Mary University of London).

12:45 - 13:45   Lunch break

13:45 - 15:00   Talk and discussion: 

Gesture and Stage on Paper by Marc Audí

Lecturer at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne (France), especialist on experimental poetry and visual poetry. 

15:00 - 16:30   Workshop: Brossa's Musical Actions, by Jordi Oriol (actor, writer and director) and Carles Pedragosa (pianist, composer and music producer). 

16:30 - 17:00   Coffee break

17:00 - 19:00   Workshop: Striptease, by  Adrià Aubert (Stage director, playwright and violinist) and Laura Pau (actress) from the theatre company Els Pirates                         

19:00 - 19:30   Wine and conclusions 

19:30 - 20:00 Actions and Post-Theatre: A Performance of Joan Brossa’s Theatre


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