Of micro and macro dramaturgy (1999), Marianne Van Kerkhoven defined micro dramaturgy as "the dramaturgy that situates itself around a concrete production", while macro dramaturgy deals with "the social relevance and function of the theatre". (1) For Van Kerkhoven, the dramaturge always tries to build bridges between the micro and the macro dramaturgy, and as such supports the artists in their attempt "to help us read the world and to decipher its complexities".
MICRO AND MACRO DRAMATURGIES IN DANCE
Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance is a two-year-long European research and training project, that brings together six leading contemporary dance organisations: Anghiari Dance Hub and Marche Teatro (Italy), Bora Bora (Denmark), Dance House Lemesos (Cyprus), DansBrabant (the Netherlands) and Tanec Praha (Czechia) to explore through exchange and collaboration dramaturgy as a creative and socially conscious practice. The project is coordinated by Tanec Praha and curated by dramaturgs/mentors: Guy Cools, Katalin Trencsényi, Maja Hriešik, Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar and Alexis Vassiliou.
Being There – Platforms of the Future, panel discussion in the frame of Micro & Macro Dramaturgies in Dance intensive Tilburg
"There are productions without a dramaturge, but there is no production without dramaturgy," noted van Kerkhoven.
The project wants to support mid-career, European choreographers to develop the tools to improve the micro dramaturgy of their own work by offering workshops and mentorship programs in which choreographers and dramaturges are brought together to develop their own dramaturgical practices and dialogues. As such, the project also wants to form the future generation of dance dramaturges.
"More than ever, there is a need for critical re-inflection that the work of artists today indicates in its social and cultural context; more than ever, the world needs a refinement of standpoints, awareness of existing paradoxes and contradictions, a different view of reality. Artists can help us to read the world, to decipher its complexity. One of the means available to them is to use the dramaturgy in all different forms that it can take."
Besides improving the micro dramaturgy of individual works, we also want to raise the level of involvement between the artists, their work, the artistic organizations where these works are created and presented and society at large. The project wants to stimulate and realize creations that clearly reflect on today's macro dramaturgy.
The project provides an opportunity to give artists from five partner countries (the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and Cyprus) the experience of leading European dance dramaturges led by Guy Cools, each year through two 10-day workshops (in the spring and autumn) for selected pairs of artists from each country (a choreographer and their potential dramaturge), but always open to the wider professional public. Each workshop will include a seminar with the participation of the wider art community and the last workshop in Prague will conclude with a final presentation of the outputs of the whole two-year project open to the general public.
Each workshop will include a seminar with the participation of the wider art community and the last workshop in Prague will conclude with a final presentation of the outputs of the whole two-year project open to the general public.