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July 7, 2020

When the UK (following other countries) went into lockdown and our normal life came to a halt, we felt it would be important to document these times. So, the Invisible Diaries project was born: let’s give a platform to the ‘invisible person’ of the theatre-making proce...

July 3, 2020

This whole experience has been pretty biblical, to be honest. Maybe there’s a glimmer of similarity between the Invisible Diaries and the Bible: a series of writings bearing witness to events that will fundamentally change the lives of all those who come after us. [......

June 29, 2020

The paradigm shift that needs to happen is that between the model of the ‘exploiter’ of all natural and human resources to that of the ‘custodian’ of their communities and these resources.

June 28, 2020

One of the basic insights that comes from the study of proxemics is that meaning only derives from relationality. An object or a body on stage is only meaningful in relation to other bodies. And spatially this relationship is established, not by distance, but by proxim...

June 27, 2020

I still don’t have any ambition to be on stage with anyone else as I always enjoyed my invisible role behind the scenes, but I do think I am better dramaturg because of these experiences, and my admiration for the dancers and performers, the ‘frontline workers’ of our...

June 26, 2020

I started to give workshops and courses in which I guide people in writing their own laments and eventually also performing them. When working on this with younger artists in their mid-twenties, I learnt to my surprise that several amongst them, weren’t interested in l...

June 25, 2020

This crisis also highlights once more the importance to mourn as a fundamental human right.

June 24, 2020

“The pauses in-between the asanas are equally important as the exercises themselves”, my original yoga teacher Eric Gomes would say, “because it is in the pauses that the body becomes conscious of the adjustments it needs to make.”

June 23, 2020

Ernst Bloch proposed the concept of ‘concrete utopia’, which in my simplified understanding of it, is how you try to change reality ‘step by step’ in the direction of your ideals, but also allow your ideals to change under influence of the new urgencies of reality in o...

June 22, 2020

At a time when much of the country was segregated under the Jim Crow laws, the Ku Klux Klan was rife and public lynchings were common, it seems extraordinary that there was a federally funded programme to produce performance largely made by black artists, targeting bla...

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