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The Dramaturge: A Workshop with Kenneth Spiteri

Kenneth Spiteri
23 Jul 2018
10am to 4pm Monday 23 July
A workshop for choreographers, dancers, actors and theatre makers interested in exploring the role of 'dramaturge' in the creation of new physical theatre and dance work.
Event type: 
$30 GA / $15 DANZ members (Booking fees apply)
Wellesley Studios
113-115 Wellesley St West


The Dramaturge: In the creation of physical/image theatre and new dance work

This workshop is for choreographers, dancers, actors and theatre makers who are interested in exploring the role of 'dramaturge' in the creation of new physical theatre and dance work. Led by actor, theatre maker and dramaturge Kenneth Spiteri, the work will move between improvisation and discussion around the possibilities for creating meaning and ways in which a dramaturge can help facilitate the process of clarification in the creation of new works.

Discussions will focus on different modes of storytelling and the emphasis of story in our everyday lives. Biographies create psychologies and the capacity to understand behaviour. Contemporary dramaturgy is founded in this understanding of storytelling. Theatre did not always function this way. It has shamanic roots, and has a history of hosting the Gods. In our current performance cultures, biography is dominant and the Gods are silent. This work seeks to challenge that Godless reality by moving the function of performance from one of biography and narrative to one of vehicle and archetype.

This work is particularly appropriate for theatre makers interested in developing their own work or who perhaps have material they would like to test out in a critical yet safe environment.

Dancers and Actors are encouraged to bring their own material to work on

Workshop topics:

  • The dramaturgy of space
  • Importance of 'the image'
  • The inherent importance of story in our everyday
  • Redefining story
  • Story and Dance
  • Biography vs Archetype
  • Space as vessel
  • The dramaturge as mirror

10.00-10.30                 Personal warm-up
10:30-13:30                 Studio practice session
14:00-16:00                 Practice + discussion

Please direct any enquiries to danz@danz.org.nz or PH: 04 802 9885


Born in Melbourne to Maltese parents, Kenneth has worked in film, theatre and music internationally. Trained at L'Ecole Internationale Jacques Lecoq and with Pantheatre in Paris, he has completed dramaturgical studies with the WIW Akademie, Berlin.

Over the last years Kenneth has worked as a dramaturge with choreographers such as Australian contemporary dance pioneer Elizabeth Dalman, “Sapling to Silver” as well as Hyoung-Min Kim and Thomas Zeuggin in Berlin, “Everything Else”, and “The Story of Those Who Left”, in Seoul, Korea.

In 2015 he was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Malta to create a new work entitled “The Hate Politik”, a physical theatre piece he co-created and performed in. Then in 2016 the Arts Council of Malta supported his residency at the welove gallery in Taiwan to create a sound-art work, “A Sound Map of Tainan”. Simultaneously, he released an album of singer/songerwriter music called, “Sleepfalling”. The following year he was awarded a residency in Italy where in association with the gallery Kunst Boden Nah he created and exhibited the sound installation 'soundscape:chiusa'.

Kenneth has given workshops and lectures to actors and dancers for Canberra Youth Theatre, Accademia dell'Arte Italy/Berlin, as well as international arts universities Taipei National University of the Arts and the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Currently in Malta, he has been working as a movement director with the national theatre company Teatru Malta, and is currently playing the lead role in the Teatru Manoel production of “The Crucible”.

He is currently working on a short film that forms part of a new triptych creation by FHK Productions,  " Like an Octopus by Its Own Ink Erased".

Written by

DANZ Dance Aotearoa New Zealand

5 Jul 2018

Interests DANZ, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand is the national organisation for dance.