This workshop with Katalin Trencsényi is aimed at dance artists, choreographers and performance makers, who would like to deepen their dramaturgical practices. The format of the workshops will combine presentation, discussion and physical exercises.

The first session, taking Mira Rafalowicz’s essay as a starting point, will examine the various stages of the collaborative creative process: what questions might be asked, how the various elements of the emerging work might be organised and structured, and what could go wrong at each stage of the process. The session’s aim is to bring attention to the dramaturgical tools at hand that can help in making new work, and develop them.

The second session will focus on the creative processes in collaboration from a wider, macro-dramaturgical perspective and explore the responsibility of the dramaturg(y) during the working process, in the artistic life and the wider society. It will take for its starting point an ecological approach and examine what are the principles and guidelines that can inform the ethics and methods of non-harmful creative processes.

Katalin Trencsényi (HU/UK) is a dramaturg, theatre-maker, and researcher, working in the fields of contemporary theatre, dance and performance. As a London-based dramaturg, she has worked with the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Corali Dance Company, Deafinitely Theatre, and with many independent artists. She is co-founder of the Dramaturgs’ Network (UK). Katalin is the author of Dramaturgy in the Making (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015) and editor of Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch (Oberon Books, 2016). Katalin has taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (visiting lecturer), as well as internationally. Since 2022 Katalin has been working as a lecturer on the Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research Programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Currently Katalin is working as a co-curator of Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance, an international training and research project, funded by a Creative Europe Grant, that brings together six leading contemporary dance organisations to explore through exchange and collaboration dramaturgy as a creative and socially conscious practice.