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Rouw en performance: in gesprek met Lori Clarke, Guy Cools en Leah Lewis

19 februari 2022, online

  • Online discussie met onder anderen Guy Cools, auteur van Performing Mourning
  • Met drie auteurs die veel hebben geschreven over rouw en performance 

Wat: Online gesprek
Met: Lori Clarke, Guy Cools, Leah Lewis en moderator Lois Brown
Wanneer: 19 februari 2022, 14:00 NST / 18:30 CET
Waar: Zoom 
Gepresenteerd door: 
Neighbourhood Dance Works
Voertaal: Engels
Toegang: Gratis - registreren kan via deze link

Op 19 februari komen Lori Clarke, Guy Cools, Leah Lewis en moderator Lois Brown samen om te praten over rouw en performance. Alledrie hebben veel geschreven over dit onderwerp en hebben daarnaast performances gemaakt over hun ervaringen met rouw. Het is verleidelijk te zeggen dat dit een extra pertinent gesprek is ten tijde van Covid, maar rouw en performance, klaagzangen, rituelen enzovoort, zijn een diepgaand onderdeel van de menselijke ervaring. We zullen beginnen met een aantal vragen/onderwerpen voor Lori, Guy en Leah, en laten tijd over in het programma om terug te horen van andere kunstenaars en aanwezigen.

Guy Cools is dansdramaturg. Hij heeft gewerkt als danscriticus en curator. Hij wijdt zich nu aan productiedramaturgie, onderzoeken en schrijven. Hij geeft regelmatig lezingen en publiceert internationaal. Tot zijn meest recente publicaties behoren: The Ethics of Art (co-ed., 2014); In-between Dance Cultures (2015); Imaginative Bodies (2016); The Choreopolitics of Alain Platel (co-ed., 2019) en Performing Mourning. Laments in Contemporary Art (2021).

Lori Clarke is an artist-researcher and somatic psychotherapist. Lori often collaborates with dance and theatre artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers, integrating somatic modes of inquiry and companionship in creative process. Lori’s work has touched the theme of grief since her early dance and performance work in the late 1980s and in the early years of this century her performance and installation work explored the meaning of breath in relation to mortality, respiration, the lungs, loss, and sorrow (Breathe, 2000). Lori has supported mothers and new babies being born, accompanied palliative care patients in dying, officiated at funerals, and completed doctoral research relating to grief and embodied responses to climate change. Lori’s healing work, research, and artistic practice all begin with listening, and trusting body wisdom. Lori runs Resonance Somatic Therapy and Consulting in St. John's and is co-founder of Perfomative/ance Inquiry Group (PIG). In 2019 Lori’s son, Cyrus, died by homicide. Since that time she has been experiencing her own personal grief journey that has included creating personal and community ritual out of inner and outer frozen landscapes.

Leah Lewis is a creative arts therapist, counsellor, and faculty member at MUN's Faculty of Education's masters program in counselling psychology. A long time actor in both theatre and film, Leah combines her arts based approach in her MUN research. Her recent piece, The Dialysis Project (RCAT, May 2021) was presented as a multi-media research performance of her lived experience as a home dialysis patient. Leah's interests in performance based research applies to critical theories of grief and illness, exploring intersecting identities and how these are shaped by lived experience. Her dissertation, Good Grief? Meaning Making Through an End Stage Renal Disease Illness Narrative includes a film output that explores performance of illness narrative and the meaning that is derived. Leah lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Lois Brown was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Educated in Drama at the University of Alberta, she returned to St. John’s, where she established a cross-disciplinary artistic practice. She is an original member and past Curator of Neighbourhood Dance Works. In 2005, The Canada Council for the Arts awarded her The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement in theatre by a mid-career Canadian artist. In 2010 to 2013, Lois was Artist and Dramaturg in Residence at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. In 2014, she received the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Goodwill award for her contribution to the arts locally and nationally. In 2019, she was also inducted into Dance Collection Danse’s Encore! Dance Hall of Fame. Her current artistic interests are dramaturgy, improvisation and democratization, island studies and disability arts aesthetics and processes. Among her current projects are performance works “Cold Water” with James O’Callaghan and “Invisible Me” with Emma Tibaldo