In collaboration with dramaturg Kate Bredeson (Assoc. Professor of Theatre, Reed College), this afternoon series will illuminate the work of dramaturgs in dance and new performance. A talk by Katherine Profeta, followed by a roundtable on dance dramaturgy, together investigate how dramaturgs work, and provoke conversations about the role of dramaturgical collaboration in new work. This program is grateful for the support of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, who awarded Portland dramaturg Kate Bredeson the 2017 Bly Fellowship that helps to make this series possible. Featured participants include Katherine Profeta, Kate Bredeson, Victoria Fortuna, Lu Yim, and sidony o’neal.
Drawing on her twenty years working as dramaturg with New York choreographer and dancer Ralph Lemon, Katherine Profeta talks about her new book Dramaturgy in Motion: At Work on Dance and Movement Performance (UW Press, 2015), in which she explores five arenas for the dramaturg’s attention—text and language, research, audience, movement, and interculturalism. As she draws from her rehearsal room experiences with Lemon, Profeta will discuss what dramaturgy is and can be. She includes theoretical frameworks, as well as her own experiences in embodied dramaturgy. For this conversation, Profeta will focus in particular on interculturalism in the dramaturgical process. Following the talk, there will be ample time for questions and conversation.