New Aesthetics is a biennial summer intensive for mid-career artists where Theatre Replacement invites international artists to share their practice with a group working artists from around the world.
July 19-24, 2021
Tania El Khoury: The Audience and its Politics
New Aesthetics is about inviting the world’s top performance makers to shake up our expectations, invoke change, confirm suspicions and invigorate our practices as makers and artists. As participants, it’s about giving over control and running blind with others who have similar appetites for the new—whatever that may be. As hosts, it’s about bringing in performance leaders that can bring us to places where we actively question whatever it is we think we’ve been doing. So, it is with great excitement that we announce our 2021 facilitator – live artist Tania El Khoury, an extraordinary artist who is shaping contemporary performance today.
From Theatre Replacement Co-Artistic Director, James Long: “As much as any artist working in live art today, Tania El Khoury explores what it means to participate as an audience member. Her body of work is both fiercely and compassionately political in its content but also, and as just as importantly, in how it tasks the viewer with interacting with the materials, actions and questions she makes available. Two of her works that immediately jump out for me are 2011’s Maybe If You Choreograph Me You Will Feel Better which was my introduction to her work and more recently, 2016’s Gardens Speak, which Vancouver audiences were able to experience at PuSh in 2020. Each so smart, touching and beautifully executed in asking an audience, or perhaps better, collaborator, to negotiate a creative, and ultimately social experience.”
In 2021, Tania will be focusing on The Audience and its Politics. Over the week, she will share a selection of her works with the participants to discuss ideas that are central to her practice. These include: the right to the city and site-specific performance, the politics of one-on-one performance, the use of oral histories, performing borders, and audience’s embodiment and interactivity.
The workshop will involve discussions, viewings, readings, and exercises.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s New Aesthetics program will be taking place online. More details can be found on the ESSENTIALS page.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the program.
Photos used on these pages are by Tim Matheson, Sophia Wolfe and the participants and instructors of New Aesthetics.
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