We're thrilled to offer a free DIY workshop this November
with UK-based artist Tania El Khoury
Tania El Khoury brought us the powerful and beautifully intimate work As Far As My Fingertips Take Me as part of Fusebox Festival 2018 and we are beyond excited to have her back in Austin offering a workshop for local artists, in partnership with LADA.
DIY is a UK based annual programme of artist lead professional development opportunities run by Live Art Development Agency (LADA), London since 2002. LADA’s DIY model of artist development projects – by artists, for artists – arrives in Austin this November, with the generous support and advocacy of the British Council.
Tania El Khoury's DIY – State Violence: A Choreography
Workshop Dates: Nov. 13, 14, 15
Incidents of state violence and police brutality in the public space get engrained in our collective memory through repeated replay of video documentation and the retelling of the scene. Official authorities often deny the existence of state violence and justify such incidents as accidents rather than deliberate performances of oppression.
This workshop proposes to break down state violence as a choreographic score.
By looking closely at incidents of state violence in Austin, we will research, revise, annotate, and perform scores of state violence. The workshop will include collective discussions, group and individual creations, writing, and movement exercises.
Tania and local partner artist dancer choreographer China Smith are seeking artists, performers, dancers, and other participants who are interested in making performance work in a collaborative environment, exploring challenging content.
Tania El Khoury is a live artist whose work focuses on audience interactivity and is concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. She creates installations and performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. Her solo work has toured internationally, and for which she is the recipient of the Anti Festival’s International Prize for Live Art, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award. Tania is associated with Forest Fringe in the UK and is the co-founder of Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collective in Beirut creating site-specific performances that question our relationship to the city and redefine its public space. She holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council.
DIY North America is run in partnership with LADA and is supported by the British Council, US.