The International Perspectives on Performance (IPOP) research group of the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, is hosting a pair of talks as its last session of the academic year 2010-11 by the department’s two honorary research associates, anthropologist/historian Dr Laura Noszlopy and theatre director Yana Zarifi.
These talks will take place on Tuesday 31 May at 5.15pm at the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research (adjacent to the Boilerhouse Theatre). We expect to conclude by 7pm so that those interested can attend the International Music Feast at Wettons Annex.
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John Coast: The Exceptional Life and Works of an English Impresario
Dr Laura Noszlopy
This is a brief introduction to the life and works of celebrated English impresario John Coast. My talk will focus on his unconventional route into the theatre business and his adventures in Southeast Asia and beyond. I will also be exploring the nature of (auto)biographical writing, and the delights and challenges of retelling the life-story of a serial memoirist.
Laura Noszlopy is an anthropologist and writer specializing in contemporary Indonesian society, performance and cultural politics, as well as youth and street arts. She has published widely in all these fields and has also worked for several years as a writer, editor and translator in Jakarta and Bali. Currently working on the biography of John Coast, an English impresario with a long entanglement in Southeast Asia, she also has an on-going research project on masculinity, tradition and public space, which focuses on competitive arts forms produced and performed by youth groups in urban Bali.
Checks and Balances in a Greek-Balinese Merger
This talk will be a set of reflections following Thiasos’ adaptation of the Greek tragedy, Euripides’ Hippolytos, as an Indonesian dance-drama (1998-2004). The artistic syncretism of Balinese Topeng and original Greek choral lyrics set to Javanese dance generates new questions regarding past and present performance of what is thought of as Greek theatre: does Greek theatre performance seen through the filter of Balinese Topeng throw light on the time-honoured distinction between tragedy and comedy? What does it tell us about the poetics of trance? After addressing common misconceptions about ancient Greek theatre, I shall ask in what ways, if any, Balinese performance genres might be illuminated by encounters with elements of Greek drama. The talk will be illustrated by excerpts from the Hippolytos.
Yana Zarifi is Artistic Director of Thiasos Theatre Company. For further information see http://www.thiasos.co.uk/supplement-pages/euripidies-hippo.htm