I am happy to contribute to appropriate modules and courses as requested, but, for reference, examples of previous workshops, lectures and seminars include:

 

 

 

THE DRAMATURG & THE PROCESS WRITER – Don’t (Let Your Work) Be Seen Dead Without One!

A practical workshop exploring the potential of having a dramaturg or a process writer in devising processes. Drawing on personal experiences and those of a number working dramaturgs, this workshop  argues for the benefits of having ‘an outsider on the inside’ in all devising processes.

 

"Lou's session was  amazing, I could happily go home from the festival now feeling it was time and money well spent, just from that session alone."

SifDans participant, Bedford Uni

 

"5 out of 5. Amazing class that taught a new way of working. Thank you!”

Middlesex University MA Choreography

 

DANCING THEATRE & THEATRE-ING DANCE 

Practical workshops aimed at exploring the contemporary dance theatre paradigm with specific reference to focussing on the theatre in dance theatre perfomances – ie developing character and text, directing performance, authenticity, virtuosity, the quotidian, structure.

Can be delivered with a Choreographer.

Recently delivered at Fontys Dansacademie with Koen Augustijnen of les ballets c de la b.

 

 

PROCESSING PROCESS 

Very practical and pragmatic workshops with choreographers and performance makers on (their own experiences/fears/challenges of) process – that explore what type of maker they want to be, what type of rehearsal they want to run, what methods they want to employ to make their work, and which elements of the job they can most develop.

 



COLLABORATIVE DEVISING

A practical workshop exploring strategies and techniques useful to those who are devising performance. Working from the starting point of ‘Where have you been and what have you brought?’ – participants are encouraged to collaborate with ‘the who, the where and the now’ of their particular situation. Useful to makers of dance and theatre.

 

"5 out of 5. An interesting, inspiring and useful workshop. You've helped a lot." Middlesex University MA Choreography

"5 out of 5. One of the best sessions I have had in my 3 years at university"

Dartington College of Arts BA Theatre

 



 RE-THINKING DIRECTING (Directing Collaborative Devising)

A practical workshop exploring the role of the director in collaborative devising processes. A specifically designed series of exercises equips participants with strategies, techniques and tips that help them take, or enable there to be, a directorial role both ‘in the thick’ and ‘on the edge’ of the performance-making process. Useful to makers of dance and theatre.

 

"5 out of 5. Very, very useful. Thank you for your generous and honest work."

Middlesex University MA Choreography

 

      WRITING PROCESS – A Creative Act

A praxis session that explores, theoretically and practically, the act of observing and writing about process. It introduces participants to different modes of writing, and promotes the notion that process writing is in itself a creative, and potentially collaborative, act that addresses questions such as ‘How can/does work survive?’, How can process be (re)presented as (the important part that it is of) product? Can multiple voices and perspectives be expressed in a singley-authored/singley-edited observation of process?  To what end? What role can writing play in the processes of dancers and performers? Useful to makers of dance and theatre.

 

"Writing about it all really opened my thoughts and ideas"

"Thank you! Please come back for longer!"

Middlesex University MA Choreography

 

THE DIRECTOR & THE DRAMATURG

This seminar presentation explores the position of the director and the dramaturg in contemporary performance devising environments. Moving on from the traditional notion of these roles, it investigates what place they can have in devising environments, and, drawing on interviews and studies of a number of contemporary dramaturgs and directors, presents a variety of strategies and approaches useful to makers of theatre and dance.

 

 

LES BALLETS C DE LA B: A COLLABORATIVE MODEL

This seminar presentation uses Belgian dance collective – Les Ballets C de la B as a model to explore the practical, structural and political themes inherent in collaborative devising. Drawing on interviews with Alain Platel, Christine de Smedt and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and detailed observations of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s latest rehearsal process, this presentation leads to a discussion and exploration of the challenges and opportunities found in collaborative devising, and develops practical strategies useful to all dance and theatre makers.

 

"5 out of 5. Very interesting and engaging. Lou has a real passion for what she is talking about'

Kingston University BA Devising Theatre

 

LES BALLETS C DE LA B

This lecture presentation explores the processes and products of the renowned Belgian dance collective – Les Ballets C de la B. Using footage from shows and rehearsals, as well as personal interviews conducted with choreographers Alain Platel, Christine de Smedt & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, it opens up one of the world’s most intriguing and successful dance theatre companies.

 

"5 out of 5. Incredibly interesting. Thank you for inspiring me."

Dartington College of Arts BA Choreography

 

ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE INSIDE – OBSERVING PROCESS                 

This presentation draws on an 8 month observation of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s collaborative rehearsal process for his show ‘Myth’. Using footage from rehearsal and interviews with the company, it explores issues surrounding the observation, documentation and archiving of process, as well as casting light on the normally unseen practice of creating performance for the large scale international touring circuit. Useful to makers and writers of theatre and dance