Documentary Theatre Workshop
In her documentary theatre, Adeline Rosenstein focuses on representations of anti-colonial struggles. In the fourth chapter of Laboratoire poison, which she is currently preparing, she explores the involvement of women in particular. Workshop participants will join her in asking how to tell their stories. How much historical, geographical, and anthropological complexity can theatre, character, story, and our desire for change handle? She will share her unresolved questions, documents, and materials from this unique experimental research project.
Linked to Laboratoire poison
In association with Union des artistes + Compétence Culture + National Theatre School of Canada
Adeline Rosenstein (Brussels) Guest artist
In opposition to unequivocal, homogenous discourse, Adeline Rosenstein creates works of documentary theatre that refuse to soften the harshness of verbatim accounts.
Her involvement in her neighbourhood’s community associations and her militant activism against the discrimination toward immigrant families in Belgium’s francophone school system reflect her grounding in urgent issues of the present—a present that has inevitably been shaped by History, whose representations she questions. For instance, she tackled the international Question of Palestine in décris-ravage (2011-2016), which won Belgium’s Prix de la critique award in 2014 and the 2016 Prix SACD award in the “Discoveries” category. Rosenstein and her actors seek to eschew aesthetics in order to make space for contributions from the audience’s imagination and reveal how historians, sociologists, journalists, and witnesses “format” their knowledge. Starting with archival materials openly shown as incomplete and sometimes patched together, the group aims to expose and understand the obstacles faced by those fighting for change—obstacles put in place by the small minority that profits from, and makes accommodations with, the current state of the world.
With degrees in acting from Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Jerusalem and in directing from the Ernst-Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin, Adeline Rosenstein established herself in the late 2000s in Brussels, where she worked as a director, a dramaturge, a translator, an actor, and a writer, notably of a comedy for young audiences based on Orestes, called Détester tout le monde (2019), and radio plays.