Six Acts

Six Acts will be created of six site‐specific performances and installations in found spaces in the centre of Prague. Each Act will respond directly to the canvas of the city; its ordinary and extra ordinary daily life to uncover stories that have been lost even to the locals. Five international student teams, each led by an artist of international repute from the performing and visual arts ‐ Uwe Köhler (Germany) ; Rolf Abderhalden (Columbia); Roma Patel (UK); Tomáš Žižka and Petr Matásek (Czech Republic); Louise Wilson (UK), will create a site specific event to be presented during the Prague Quadrennial 2011. The sixth ‘way‐finding’ team, lead by Fiona Watt (UK), will help the audiences find the acts and the acts find their audiences.

Six Acts is a unique opportunity for students to collaborate internationally and take leading roles in creating dynamic and innovative interdisciplinary performances in beautiful and ‘hidden’ spaces in Prague. Student teams will be carefully selected based on their application to work closely with the lead artists. Each team will be made up of a rich mix of international students who wish to collate and transform a rich package of dramaturgical material into a powerful performance / installation.

If you would like to be part of this team, please complete the application on the PQ website by October 30th 2010.

Successful applicants will be informed by November 30, 2010. They will confirm their
participation and pay the fee by December 31, 2010. Participants in Six Acts arrive in Prague on June 14, 2011 and will work with the leader and other students in the team till June 21, 2011. Each student can choose who would like to work with.

Fee per student: 100 Euros
(This includes access to a shared drive for sharing information and materials used in the project)

Application: http://scenofest.pq.cz/

Brief Biographies for the Six Act Leaders

Rolf Abderhalden Cortés
Rolf is Swiss-colombian transdisciplinary artist. He lives and works in Bogota and Paris. He has got a BA in Art Therapy at the Haute Ecole d’Etudes Sociales et Pédagogiques of Lausanne (Switzerland) and trained at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq in Paris with a specialization in Scenography and Installation in the Laboratoire d’Etudes du Mouvement LEM and at the National School of Fine Arts of Paris. He completed an MA of Fine and Visual Arts at the National University of Colombia where he has created and directed an Interdisciplinary MA in Theatre and Live Arts. Rolf is a member of the Académie Expérimentale des Théâtres (Paris 1990-2002) and has founded and co-directing with Heidi Abderhalden the Bogota based MAPA TEATRO-Laboratorio de Artistas.

Roma Patel
Roma comes from a traditional scenography background but the increase in access to digital technology in recent years has had a profound impacted on her work and ideas. She is mostly involved in the designing of sets and projection for theatre and digital art installation and has worked with companies in UK, Ireland and Netherlands since 1998. She trained at Wimbledon School of Art and completed an MA in Scenography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. She is a committee member of the Society of British Theatre Designers and her work has been exhibited internationally at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007.
HYPERLINK www.digitalsetdesign.com

Uwe Köhler
Uwe studied Fine Arts at the Universities of Münster and Düsseldorf from 1973-79, before attending the actor’s school Ecole de Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier, Paris, from 1984-85 and lecturing as professor for Visual Theatre in the Scuola Internazionale di Teatro di Roma, Italy, from 1986-1989. He is founding member, actor and artistic director of Theater Titanick, a street theatre company founded in 1990 as a cooperation between Western and Eastern German artists. Apart from his work with Theater Titanick, Uwe Köhler has lectured at several universities around the world on themes of street theatre. From 2005-2007 he has taken part as guest professor in the yearly Antwerp Design Seminars & Lectures weeks at the Higher Institute of Architectural Sciences Henry van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2006, Uwe Köhler is Chairman of the newly founded National Association for Street Theatre in Germany.

 HYPERLINK www.titanick.de

Fiona Watt
Fiona trained with Motley at the Almeida, London. She is a freelance scenographer with 18 years experience of designing for performance. In both contemporary and classic work she responds to each writer’s unique use of language, endeavouring to design environments that offer directors and actors space to explore. Her theatre credits include work for the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, Nottingham Playhouse, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (Royal Court), Lyric Belfast, Bolton Octagon, the Tron, Glasgow and Palace Theatre , Watford. Her opera credits include work for the Hebrides Ensemble and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Having worked with Scottish and Irish new writing that has a recurring theme of the relationship between people and land, she is exploring the boundaries of her practice by making experimental responses to the changing North Kent urban landscape
(part of the massive Thames Gateway regeneration programme) under the umbrella title Medway: an urban scenography.

Petr Matásek
Petr is author of about 150 scenographies in drama, opera and puppet theatres in Czech Republic and abroad. His work was presented at scenography exhibitions in Czech Republic, Tokio, Novi Sad, Delhi, Tel Aviv, Montreal and Jonquiere. He also exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Arts Praha, Czech Puppet at Prague Castle Exhibition. He led an extensive range of workshops in Danmark, Island, France, Australia, UK, Canada, USA, Japan and India. He is currently a tutor at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he has been since 1990.

Tomáš Žižka
Tomáš is Czech transdisciplinary artist. He worked as a scenographer in many theatres in Czech republic (Laterna Magica, Ha-Divadlo etc.) and in Grand Theatre Groningen, Theatre Montreurs d’ Images Geneva and Lofoten Centrum- Stammsung Norskom. His main interest is the collaboration with teams of visual artists, dancers, musicians and other art specialists on contemporary independent and experimental art projects. Most of them are realized as a collective performances of Mamapapa company, where is Tomáš an artistic leader. Tomáš also lectures at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Louise Wilson
Louise is an artist and scenographer who makes site-specific theatre performances and designs and directs theatre, dance and opera productions for both conventional theatres and non-theatrical spaces.
She is the artistic director of Louise Ann Wilson Co – a company that creates multi and inter-disciplinary site-specific works with: artists, experts from fields not usually associated with performance work and people who have specific knowledge about a particular area or place. The work explores the relationship between landscapes and human life-events.
From 1997-2008 she was the co-artistic director of wilson+wilson whose productions include: Mulgrave, News from the Seventh Floor, Mapping the Edge and House.



3 thoughts on “Six Acts

  1. What is the age limit for Scenofest? I am currently 47

    Posted by Arndt von Holtzendorff | June 17, 2010, 12:21 am
    • As far as I know there is no age limit – let me check on this though for you!

      Posted by admin | June 17, 2010, 11:11 am
      • Hi,
        I’m in the same situation, I’m 50 and I’m preparint a master degree for research about hybridation between visual arts and scenography.
        I’ll be in Belgrade to attend the symposium – http://www.intersection.cz – organised by the PQ. I’m looking forward to be there and in Prague of course.

        Posted by Brigitte | July 1, 2010, 11:37 am


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