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Artists and their Families

Artists and their Families

A workshop devising contemporary performance for individual artists and one non-artist family member, either biological or chosen, or someone they consider as close as family.

Monday 25th-Friday 29th September
Dinner: 1800-1900
Exercises: 1900-2130

Saturday 30th September
Summative Session: 1030-1230

Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre
2nd Floor No.2, Lane 5, Guling Street, Taipei, Taiwan

Does your mother complain that she doesn’t understand what you do?
Do you think your grandfather has an amazing story to tell?
Have you always thought your sister was a natural dancer?
Would you like a shared experience with your boyfriend?
Are the dinnertime conversations with your daughter better than theatre?
Is the best friend who is really like the brother you never had desperate to try something new?

These are just some of the reasons that you might want to participate in ‘Artists and their Families’, a new workshop devised and facilitated by British artist Joshua Sofaer for Prototype Paradise.

Over the course of 5 evening workshops, artists (in any field but with an emphasis on contemporary performance practices) are invited to consider what it might mean to work together with a non-artist family member. Through a range of exercises, you will be encouraged to begin develop a professional collaboration.

Each evening will start with a collective dinner. Eating together is an important part of the workshop. It will give us a chance to get to know each other as a group in an informal, conversational setting, and to share something of our hopes and expectations. We will then step into the studio and explore ways of drawing on personal, familial relationships in the creative process. We will use family histories and anecdotes for storytelling; we will interview each other about our lives; we take turns in directing each other; artists will share their practice with their family member as an equal collaborator.

We want to create a safe, confidential, group environment for people to share their hopes, dreams and fears. At the same time it is important to recognise that this is not a group therapy session.

We ask that both artists and their family members attend all the sessions.

The workshop will be conducted in English with full Chinese translation.

For more information and to book a place visit Protoype Paradise.