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. Previous instructors of the program include: Crystal Pite & Pol Heyvaert, Mariano Pensotti & Toshiki Okada, Sarah Thom & Mat Hand, Viviana Tellas & Miguel Gutierrez, and Jeanine Durning and Malik Gaines. This year’s program will take place online and will be led by artist Tania El Khoury.
Tania El Khoury, The Audience and its Politics
July 19 – 24, 2021
Tania El Khoury is a live artist creating installations and performances focused on audience interactivity and concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. She is a Distinguished Artist in Residence of Theater and Performance and Director of the OSUN Center for Human Rights & The Arts at Bard College, New York. Her work has been translated and presented in multiple languages in 32 countries across six continents, in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars to the Mediterranean Sea. She is a 2019 Soros Art Fellow and the recipient of the Bessies Outstanding Production Award, the International Live Art Prize, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award. Tania holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2018, a survey of her work entitled ear-whispered: works by Tania El Khoury took place in Philadelphia. She is associated with Forest Fringe collective of artists in the UK and is a co-founder of Dictaphone Group in Lebanon, a research and performance collective aiming at questioning our relationship to the city, and redefining its public space.
The Audience and its Politics
Over the week, Tania 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.
For more information on New Aesthetics as well how to apply for this year’s intensive, go HERE.
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