Annual Symposium 16th - 21st April 2012
Our annual Symposium focuses on student and staff research, putting practice on display and demonstrating how it lies at the heart of all artistic endeavours here at Rose Bruford. Over the years Symposium has become a College fixture, a time to stop and reflect on how we can make theatre that is adventurous and surprising. It is also a seasonal rite of passage for our students.
Symposium 2012, set in our Jubilee Year, is indeed a big rich mix of workshops, productions, talks, seminars and the usual fun, games, music and surprises we all have come to associate with the College's spring fest of staff and student research engagement. At a time when Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is broadening both its international perspective and fostering a greater solidarity with its local community (exemplified in our recent purchase of Lamorbey Baths), we can justly claim that going local to global is our trajectory as an institution. Anchored in Sidcup we survey a world of theatre and look to collaborate as widely as we can beyond Sidcup.
This year's Symposium producers and Team Bruford have created a wonderful diverse programme, and has a real international feel with some 49 countries represented. Just a few highlights:
- Arun Ghosh, 4 day workshop composing and playing music for a silent shadow puppet film.
- Emergency Ext Arts Create Carnival
- Punchdrunk: Workship on 'Digital Gaming in Performance'
- Hospital Clown workshop with Ewan Mackinnon
- 'Find what we found' from Floods of Ink (MA Theatre Young Audiences company)
- Sian Phillips gives a Shakespeare Masterclass
- Mask Dance : A performance and masterclass from students Seoul Institute of the Arts
- Stuart Gain will give a presentation on Television Lighting
- Professor Bella Merlin: A Stanislavski workshop on Active Analysis and the Principles of Dynamic Listening
- DJing workshop with Jason Duppy
- April De Angelis talks to Aleks Sierz about her work as a play
- Blind Tiger Theatre Company present a cabaret conceived and presented all in one day
- Stanislavski Centre / Routledge Annual Lecture with Professor Bella Merlin
- Presentation by Tim Routledge on 'Lighting the Big Event'
- In conversation with Mike Bartlett, about his work as a playwright
The College hopes that Symposium 2012 can be dedicated to the memory of Jean-Norman Benedetti, a legendary Principal of Rose Bruford College from 1970 to 1987. He sadly passed away at the end of March. His biography, translations and many books on and about Stanislavski and on the art of acting are a lasting legacy that he gifts to the College. Our Stanislavski Centre, and the Stanislavski Journal just launched by Dr Paul Fryer, are lasting memorials to Jean-Norman. His books and research are the foundation of the Centre. He represented in his work and life all that is global and local about us. And we honour his memory with this year's events.
For further details of the programme of events please contact the College on 020 8308 2600