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Memory, Myths and Identity: Re-Staging the Dramaturgy of Federico Garcia Lorca and W. B. Yeats for a Post-Modern Multi-Culture

Monday, 13 February 2023, 10 – 11am

Memory, Myths and Identity: Re-Staging the Dramaturgy of Federico Garcia Lorca and W. B. Yeats for a Post-Modern Multi-Culture

A lecture by Loli Ros Gordon (TCD) as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum.

Woman He Loves, 2017: Case Study II, Practice as Research.

It is the hypothesis of the proposed research that a new progressive method for theatre practitioners may be constructed from an investigation into the influences, themes and enacted memory - relating to cultural identity, ritual and tradition- underpinning the works of William Butler Yeats and Federico Garcia Lorca. The study will also make reference to the concept of theatre anthropology as defined by Eugenio Barba and examine contemporary choreography, exemplified by Liz Roche and the innovative flamenco dancer and choreographer Rocio Molina.

The Practice as Research (PaR) will seek to identify how poetic language may inform dramatic movement in multicultural theatre (the interaction of distinct cultures) cross-cultural theatre (the bridging of cultural divides) and intercultural theatre (individual and collective transformations).

The foundation for a structure to explore these issues will be formed from case studies on an assortment of visual and aural models of poetic language and devised performance – exploring the expressive potential for interactions between technology and experimental choreography and movement, ensemble acting, vocal projection and scenography.

This presentation aims to share the creative process and reflections of the performance entitled Woman He Loves, Samuel Beckett Theatre, 2017. Case study II: poetry, dance and music mingle in the re-imagining of the characters from W. B. Yeats's The Only Jealousy of Emer and waves them into a circular narrative of memories, myth and ritual.

Loli Ros Gordon is a drama therapist, theatre director and choreographer. She is the artistic director of Stage Whispers Ireland.

She is currently engaged by the National Learning Network (Rehabcare) to deliver the Performing Arts course at Roslyn College, devising, choreographing and directing productions with students coming from diverse range of mental health, intelectual, physical and learning disabilities. Loli has also lectured in theatre and performance studies at Trinity College Dublin, NUI Maynooth and Griffith College.

Loli studied experimental theatre, contemporary dance and Flamenco in Cordoba, Dublin and New York. She holds a BA in Speech and Drama Studies (DIT), a MA in Dramatherapy (NUI, Maynooth) and a MA in Directing for Theatre (UCD). Loli has participated in collaborative training programmes for theatre directors with Odin Theatret, in Denmark (2012, 2014 and 2015 - under the mentorship of Eugenio Barba) and with Malmo Theatre Academy, in Sweden (2016).

As a phase of her practice as research PhD, with the School of Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin, exploring the concepts of Memory, Myth and Identity, Loli directed and choreographed “Woman With A Suitcase of Salt” (2016) and “Woman He Loves” (2017) at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, TCD. Poetic language and performance combine Flamenco and Traditional Irish Music with contemporary choreography to relay conflicts, desires and a community in crisis. The collaborative research on diversity and multiculturalism in Ireland, has guided three productions presented at the Scene & Heard Festival, Smock Alley theatre, entitled: “Moon Ballad” (2018) “A Fragment of Tomorrow” (2019) and “Nostalgia” (2020)

The School of Creative Arts Research Forum meets weekly on Mondays from 10am-11am in the Neill Lecture Theatre in Trinity Long Room Hub. The aim of the Forum is to provide a space for School researchers, both staff and postgraduate students, to share their ideas in an informal and supportive environment. It is also an opportunity for the School to hear about the research of colleagues both from within TCD and from outside the university who share our research interests. In line with the research agenda of the School, talks encompass traditional research and practice-based research.

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr Scotty McQueen

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