Routes

Positioning and Journey Performance
Pre-Semester A Credits: 1.5 Two-day core seminar for Second, Third, and Fourth year (participation in two seminars by Daphna Ben-Shaul throughout the four years of study is required).
Pre-Semester A
Credits: 1.5
Two-day core seminar for Second, Third, and Fourth year (participation in two seminars by Daphna Ben-Shaul throughout the four years of study is required).

Dr. Daphna Ben-Shaul

Dr. Daphna Ben-Shaul is a senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts at Tel Aviv University, head of the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programs unit of the arts, and head of the actor-creator-researcher track. Her research and teaching in theater, performance, and aesthetics primarily focus on civic and political issues, reflexive performance, empty performance, creative collectives, spectatorship and participation, spatial thinking, and site-dependent performances in Israel.

The term “Journey Performance” describes the positioning of bodily movement in space and the organization of a certain route, involving modes of actions and transformations of consciousness. In this workshop of discourse and action, we will focus particularly on the performative, spatial, and conceptual aspects of positioning, and of site-specific journey performances, created within an artistic framework. Artistic journey performances are situated in the broad range between everyday and functional movement, cultural expressions such as pilgrimage, procession, migration, wandering, touring, and activism. While engaging with various expressions of it, we will inquire about how the journey performance reacts to the urban environment and its associated boundaries; what story – whether historical, social, or geopolitical – the journey tells about the place or about us; and how the performance has the power to influence the perception of place. The route will be constructed among spaces, texts, conversations, and actions, and may also include explorations of the Near East.