Conference 2013: The Ways of Education

The teaching path aimed at by the Regular Courses of the SP Drama School – Education Centre for the Performing Arts this semester started to be trailed yesterday (29), with the conferences 2013. The week-long event will bring together the institution’s faculty, as well as guest teachers and researchers.

The morning’s first meeting discussed “Performative Theatre”, the guiding line of the Blue Module (morning classes), to which the School invited Leandro Geraldo da Silva Acacio, actor / performer, researcher and teacher, MA in Arts/Drama from the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), with a major in research on performance, theatricality and performative theater.

For the two hours of the meeting, we discussed several topics on performative theater and on how to work the genre. “It’s an innovative proposal. The School has been concerned with contemporary theater. These meetings, which take place before the beginning of classes and which bring together different points of view, demonstrate the seriousness and interest in furthering the issues,” says Acacio.

At the end, coordinators, teachers and guest artists were surprised by an kick-off intervention. “Blind”, a performance coordinated by Marcos Bulhões and Marcelo Denny, put the eminent artists of the Desvio Coletivo de Performance and Coletivo Pi dressed in social attire, blindfolded and completely covered in clay, walking slowly through the building.

After the surprise, in the afternoon, it was time to look at the Green Module (afternoon classes). With the title “The character on the line of time”, the conference’s next guest was the Portuguese playwright Jorge Louraço Figueira, who is a professor at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo, a theater critic of the Público newspaper in Portugal, and author and translator of a number of plays. He also taught a Cultural Extension course at SP Drama School last year.

At the meeting, Louraço talked about the relationship between narrator, author, plot and action, the function of masks – in the broadest sense of the word – dialogue, and the “curve” of the narrative. He also quoted Fernando Pessoa, his countryman, calling attention to characteristics of his writings.

The performance "Cegos" (Blind) took the participants of the conference by surprise (Photo: SP Drama School Archives)

Ivam Cabral, the Institution’s artistic director, bursts with enthusiasm when he talks about the beginning of another school term. About the Blue Module, he says: “We may very well be the only institution in Brazil dedicated to in-depth studies of performative theater. Now is the time to systematize and make new proposals. “As for the Green Module, he notes: “It’s always a challenge to find something new in well established formats, but there is a vast universe of possibilities and it is fascinating to take a chance.”

According to Ivam, the talks are “key for us to gradually find our direction. They prod us on and make us reflect. It is an internal process that helps us design a consistent form of education.”

Discussions on the strategies to be used in the first term will go on today, and will include the topics: “The role of the artist educator in theatre teaching and in creative processes,” with the presence of Professor Maria Lucia Pupo, and “The Lipovetsky propositions,” with the writer and teacher Juremir Machado, which discusses the thought of the French philosopher.

Text: Felipe Del
SP Drama School – Education Centre for the Performing Arts