A thinking-networking event for performers, theatre programmers, academics and students.
Wednesday 5 June 2019, with live performances.
At Wolfson College, University of Oxford
- How does a brand new play from Russia or Ukraine actually reach a British theatre stage?
- How does a multilingual Punjabi-Urdu-Hindi-English poem play out with British audiences?
- What acts of ‘translation’ are needed to realise these creative or poetic journeys?
- What kinds of partnerships can bring multilingual performances to UK stages?
These are some of the questions which will be addressed at this event!
10.00 – 10.45 Welcome, followed by introductory roundtable discussion of contemporary Russian-language drama in Russia and Ukraine, including the theatre critic Pavel Rudnev (Moscow) and the Ukrainian playwright Maksym Kurochkin.
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee
11.15 –12.00 A brief presentation on Torture (2018), a startling new verbatim play by Moscow-based dissident theatre collective Teatr.doc, followed by a round-table discussion examining the processes of how this work travelled from Moscow to be performed in London in 2019, at the Royal Court Theatre. Including Larissa Itina (Anglo-Russian Culture Club) and John Farndon, Alex Thomas, and Pavel Rudnev.
12.00 – 13.00 A translation workshop: exploring how to turn a text such as Torture into a performable play. Led by Noah Birksted-Breen and Alex Thomas: Irina Pavlova with Fiona Bell; Veniamin Gushchin.
13.00 – 14.15 Sandwich lunch
14.15 – 15.45 How can Ivan Vyrypaev’s beautiful and violent play Oxygen (2003) resonate with UK audiences when reworked by British hiphop artists?
A roundtable discussion with Pavel Rudnev (theatre critic), Lady Sanity and Stanza Divan (hiphop artists and adaptors), Noah Birksted-Breen (director) and Rajinder Dudrah (project curator and academic).
16.15 -18.00 Poetry in motion – a Slanguages event
Multilingual spoken word and hiphop performances with Rupinder Kaur (Birmingham-born Panjabi poet), Stanza Divan and Lady Sanity, followed by Q&A with audience.
18.30 Dinner for invited guests
Participation at the workshops is by invitation only; the performances will be free and open to the general public
This event is being run alongside a related workshop, ‘Staging Queer Lives in Russia and Ukraine’, in Manchester on 6 and 7 June 2019.
Image source: An open source image used by Teatr.doc to publicise its production of Torture: Russians protesting against the detention and torture of the 11 young people in the Penza case outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm, 29 Jan 2019.