Dialoguing with those who are absent by Guy Cools

Lecture and workshop
Saturday, 2 December 2017 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Room number: 
SMN 303
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Contact person: 
Dr. Yana Meerzon
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RSVP must be sent by November 27, 2017 at:  ymeerzon@uottawa.ca.  The places are limited.

RSVP avant le 27 novembre2017 à ymeerzon@uottawa.ca.  Les places sont limitées.

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Free of charge
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Studies in Migration (Interdisciplinary Research Group) in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa presents

Dialoguing with those who are absent by Guy Cools

Based on his ongoing research on how the Greek moiroloi (lamentations) can be used as a template to look at contemporary art practices that deal with mourning and grief, Guy Cools (the Belgian dance-dramaturg, the author of the book In-Between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan) will offer a lecture and a workshop in creative writing in the oral tradition of these lamentations used, even today, to mourn the death, to say goodbye to the bride leaving her family, or to dialogue with those who are in exile. The moiroloi are by nature theatrical and dramatic in the way the singer addresses the absent person and temporarily lends him her voice to answer back: a widow talks to her husband, a mother to her married daughter, a corpse to its own ‘tired body’.

This lecture and workshop, offered exclusively to the University of Ottawa students and members of Ottawa theatre and dance community, will explore the antiphonic structure of the Greek laments to dialogue with those who are absent in our own lives.

The lecture and the workshop will take place on December 2, 2017; 10am - 1 pm at the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, 135 Séraphin-Marion Street, Room 303.

The workshop is free of charge.  The language of instruction is English.

Questions and RSVP must be sent to Dr. Yana Meerzon by November 27, 2017 at ymeerzon@uottawa.ca.  The places are limited.