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In 1970, absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco wrote Jeux de Massacre (known in English as The Killing Game or Here Comes a Chopper) – a dark comedy in which the plague ravages a small town and everyone dies. As a new pandemic overwhelms the globe and people rush to isolation and internet communication, it seems appropriate and timely to ‘translate’ this work from the stage to cyberspace. The UpStage v3 platform allowed us to collaborate remotely and adapt the play for the internet.
This work-in-progress performance re-adapts the play for the new Upstage platform, which will be launched in October 2021.
DATE: Saturday 26 June 2021
UK TIME: 11:30am – find your local time
LOCATION: UpStage – you will receive an email with the link once you have booked in.
During the first lockdown, Christina Papagiannouli (UK/Greece) teamed up with Clara Gomes (Portugal), Helen Varley Jamieson (Germany/Aotearoa NZ), Miljana Perić (Serbia) and Vicki Smith (Aotearoa NZ) to work on Jeux de Massacre cyberformance as a creative and playful escape from the exceptional world circumstances of the pandemic.
UpStage is an online venue for cyberformance, first developed by the globally distributed cyberformance troupe Avatar Body Collision in 2003. It is currently being completely rebuilt to bring it up to date with the latest internet technologies, and the new platform will be launched in October 2021. For more information about the rebuild, which is part of the Creative Europe-funded project Mobilise/Demobilise, please visit https://mobilise-demobilise.eu/
Two old friends talk together about their bodies the night before one goes for major surgery – desires and violations that they’ve experienced, adaptations and defences they’ve constructed. A secret is revealed, pitting their long-held beliefs against private experience.
Written for Zoom during lockdown, Headcount was a way to think about how women of my generation navigated the long arc of social changes.
Written by Karla Ptáček,
performed live by Roz Borley and Karla Ptáček.
UK TIME: 12:15 – find your local time
LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.
Karla Ptáček is either very serious or entirely frivolous.
More info about Karla’s work: www.artificialstage.com
What is the way forward from this current crisis?
What new ideas can we take with us, and what must we let go of to move forward into an uncertain future? Are we leaving anyone behind?
Panelists: Christina Papagiannouli, Cheng Nien Yuan, Naná Sodré
Moderator: Elizabeth de Roza
UK TIME: 13:00-15:00 – find your local time
LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive the zoom link once you have booked in
LANGUAGES: Portuguese and English. Translations: Portuguese-English, Spanish-English
Dr. Christina Papagiannouli is Research Fellow in Performance and Interactive & Immersive Technology at the University of South Wales, where she also lectures performance and new media. Her monograph ‘Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
Cheng Nien Yuan is a Singaporean performance scholar and dramaturg. She completed her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney in 2020 and is currently a researcher at the Intercultural Theatre Institute, Singapore.
Naná Sodré is a black Brazilian artist who believes in the theatre she makes and in the affirmative actions she promotes within her group “O Poste”. She asserts that relying on intuition and ancestrality is an empowering way for the work of women.
Naná Sodré uma artista preta brasileira que acredita no teatro que faz e nas ações afirmativas que promove junto ao seu grupo O Poste. Defende que apostar na intuição e na ancestralidade é um caminho fortalecedor do trabalho das mulheres.
MODERATOR: Elizabeth de Roza is an artist-scholar, performance maker, theatre director and actor-movement trainer. As a practising artist, Elizabeth’s works range from site-specific social engagement to cross-cultural/disciplinary performances and to intense black-box physical performances. She focuses on embodied experiences, thinking and practice through making, embodied cognition and cross-cultural performance at the intersections of both decolonial and feminist theories. www.elizabethderoza.com
Links about the performance A Receita and actress:
Social Media of the group O Poste and the actress:
Festival de mulheres pretas PretAção: https://youtu.be/QdVHQp72VZo, https://youtu.be/0ZP6VksFOM4, https://www.themagdalenaproject.org/pt-br/node/3426
Vídeo link of the performance A receita (online): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mNnJI7CmmYVIyTKxx-8VnaM-3GPNiP98/view?usp=sharing
Facebook: Naná Sodré do O Poste Sodré / O Poste Soluções Luminosas
Instagram: @nanasodreoficial @oposteoficial