May 13 – 17, 2019 | 9:30 am – 1 pm 

This dramaturgy workshop will offer the participants practical tools and exercises to reflect upon, to evaluate and eventually to transform and improve their creative process. Using the cross, circle and labyrinth as graphic symbols, we will discuss the essential polarities of the creative process: perception, formation, intuition and experience. The workshop will focus on perception (what to look for), articulation (how to express oneself best in order to get what one is looking for) and interdisciplinary practices (looking at how artists work in other disciplines and finding creative ‘translations’ of this toward one’s own practice). Through practical and physical exercises, we will explore how dramaturgy and the dramaturg can contribute to this process as witnesses, dialogue partners and “editors”. We will focus, amongst others, on the editing process and the importance of rhythm and transitions inside this process. The goal of the workshop is to gain a different, renewed perspective of one’s own creative and choreographic process and methodologies.


Guy Cools is a dance dramaturge. Recent positions include Associate Research Professor at the research institute Arts in Society of the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, and Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University. He now dedicates himself to dance dramaturgy, contributing to work by choreographers all over Europe and Canada such as: Koen Augustijnen, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Danièle Desnoyers, Lia Haraki, Christopher House, Akram Khan, Arno Schuitemaker, and Stephanie Thiersch. He regularly lectures and publishes, and has developed a series of workshops that aim to support artists and choreographers in their creative process. His most recent publications include The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts, co-edited with Pascal Gielen; In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan and Imaginative Bodies, dialogues in performance practices, a series of published, live interviews with major contemporary artists which Cools curated. With Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice Rewriting Distance that focuses on the integration of movement, voice, and writing.


May 13 – 17, 2019 | 9:30 am – 1 pm
$70 /week | Studio Peter-Boneham
With the financial support of Emploi-Québec and in collaboration with Ottawa Dance Directive
[To access this rate, the participants have to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada and currently residing in Québec.]

REGISTRATION: | 514 525-1569


Photo: Guy Cools © Michael Reinhart