Discovering Physical Narrative in Unusual Source Material

Pure Research number twenty-four was led by Joanna Garfinkel and Natalie Schneck at the Woodward Centre of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, on May 30th, 31st, and June 1st, 2013.

Topic of research and goals: Developing a dramaturgical template to create emotional and evocative performance work from non-narrative source material.

General inquiries: What are the dramaturgical potentials of non-narrative, public information?; Can theatre be as direct and personal as a pamphlet?; How many different ways can we approach the material physically and philosophically?; Can we create theatre that relies on the physical exchange of information – direct and personal transfer with political, religious, and graphic components?

Participants:

Lead researchers: Joanna Garfinkel and Natalie Schneck.

Participating artists: Jenn Griffin, Naomi Sider, Victoria Lyons, Elliot Vaughan, and Elysse Cheadle.

Nightswimming: Brian Quirt, and Rupal Shah.

Simon Fraser University: DD Kugler.


  Workshop – Day 1

Photographs taken during the first day of the workshop.

  Exercise (4)

Extract of an exercise conducted during the workshop.

  Exercise (3)

Extract of an exercise conducted during the workshop.

  Exercise (2)

Extract of an exercise conducted during the workshop.


  Exercise (1)

Extract of an exercise conducted during the workshop.

  Assembled Research Text

Assembled text from the research used during the workshop.

  Workshop Activities

Photographs taken during the workshop.

  Workshop Schedule

Schedule for the 3-day workshop.


  “Selected Pamphlet Contexts”

Description of the selected pamphlet context, used during the workshop.

  “Categories of Pamphlets curated and selected pamphlets notated”

Description chart for the pamphlets used during the workshop.

  “Draft of Choreographic Articulation”

Planning chart for choreographic activities during the workshop.

  “Clarifying our Pure Research approach”

Second description of the project, clarifying certain aspects of it.


  Application Letter and Project Description

Joanna Garfinkel and Natalie Schneck´s Pure Research application letter, project description, and resumes.

  Report

Final report on the research project.