Tales of the Dramaturges
Representing different countries, contexts, and artistic practices, our dramaturges will talk about their work in progress, their concerns, and their creative urges. Get to know them better through this free-flowing discussion.
Coordinators and moderators Yohayna Hernandez + Emmanuelle Jetté
Sara Vanderieck (Belgium) Guest dramaturge
An independent dramaturg, Sara Vanderieck obtains her degree in theater directing at the RITCS in Brussels.
After a short period as an educational assistant at the Royal Flemish Opera, she works for a few seasons as production and tour manager for TG Stan and les ballets C de la B. In 2009, she becomes Alain Platel’s artistic assistant for his creations Out of Context – for Pina and C(H)OEURS.
In 2012, she joins the artistic direction of De Grote Post, a new cultural center in Ostend. At the same time, she works as a dramaturg on various creations for Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Lisi Estaras, Naïf Production, Lola Bogaert, Kristien De Proost and Louise Vanneste.
In 2017, she adds yet another layer to her work: she initiates the ongoing multidisciplinary in situ research project When I Look at a Strawberry, I Think of a Tongue, a collaboration with Lisi Estaras, Mirko Banovic, Kristien De Proost and various guest artists.
Since 2018, she has been sharing her dramaturgical practice. She works with Serge Aimé Coulibaly within his research platform ANKATA in Bobo Dioulasso. She is associated dramaturge with La Bellone. She coaches and judges within PXL-Music and is a dramaturgy professor at Toneelacademie Maastricht.
When evolutions within De Grote Post lead to a fallout of the dramaturgical practice within the institution in 2021, Vanderieck focusses further on her artistic and reflective practice as an independent dramaturg.
Riccardo Fazi (Italy) Guest dramaturge
Riccardo Fazi is dramaturg, sound-artist and researcher. Together with Claudia Sorace he founded Muta Imago company in Rome in 2006.
His research is oriented toward the imaginative possibilities of sound and word in relation to performance, theatre and radio; he studies the relationships between soundscapes, voice, text and sound archaeology, creating theatre and musical theatre performances, site-specific projects, and radio pieces.
Noel Bonilla Chongo (Cuba) Guest dramaturge
Noel Bonilla-Chongo holds a PhD in art sciences from Universidad de las Artes de Cuba, and accompanies teachers, playwrights, researchers and administrators working in the performing arts.
Bonilla-Chongo also advocates for the choreographic thought and practice of many important artists in the new wave of contemporary Cuban dance, including Lorna Burdsall (Así somos), Marianela Boán (DanzAbierta), Isabel Bustos, (Retazos), Sandra Rami (Persona Colectivo) and Susana Pous (Micompañía).
As founder and co-ordinator of events like Bienal Internacional de Danza del Caribe, Taller Danza en construcción, and DANZAR.CU, his experience as a playwright crisscrosses between theory, research, and practice, with dialogues between the academic context and professional stage, training with young choreographers in Cuba, and working extensively with various Caribbean and Latin-American dance communities.
Noel Bonilla-Chongo is a researcher and professor at Universidad de las Artes de Cuba, where he is head of both the contemporary dance department, and the graduate program in dance theory. Bonilla-Chongo has published numerous articles in journals in both Cuba and abroad.
Bonilla-Chongo is also an active member of the CID UNESCO—International Dance Council, and the Plataforma Iberoamericana de Danza. Caribbean consultant at the Institut français, he has also received many awards and distinctions throughout his career, including a prize for his doctoral work, the Distinción por la Cultura Nacional, and the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de France.
Adriana Urrea (Colombia) Guest dramaturge
A philosopher by training, Adriana María Urrea Restrepo devotes her time both to her academic career and to cultural, artistic, and publishing activities in the public and private sectors.
She has pursued her theoretical work within the areas of aesthetics and poetics, the philosophy of art, the relationship between philosophy and literature, and Caribbean philosophy, especially the poetics of Roberto Burgos Cantor.
All her activities are framed by the issue of the conditions of possibility for living, creating, and thinking together while highlighting the importance of uniqueness within the context of the everyday. This has led to her developing a keen awareness of her environment and the people around her, enabling her to build strong teams dedicated to shared initiatives at each of her workplaces, to promote the collective production of thought/creation, and to encourage the appearance of diverse writings and readings of reality, flourishing in a spirit of freedom.
In recent years, she has been a professor in the faculty of philosophy at the Pontifical Xavierian University, in the department of creative writing at the Central University, and in the master of theatre and performing arts program at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, Barranquilla, and Cali. She has also served as a consultant on cultural and publishing projects.
Gaëlle Bien-Aimé (Haiti) Guest dramaturge
Gaëlle Bien-Aimé is a journalist, actress, comedian, author, director and co-founder of Acte, école d’art dramatique. She is also an activist and a member of the feminist organization Nègès Mawon.
Silvia Soter da Silveira (Brazil) Guest dramaturge
Silvia Soter is a professor at the School of Education at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a researcher and dance critic.
She holds a Doctorate in Education, in 2016 she published her thesis Teaching knowledge for dance teaching: Relation between knowledge and initial training of graduates in Dance and Physical Education who work in public schools in Rio de Janeiro and the metropolitan region. She also holds a Master in Theater (2005) from Rio University (UNIRIO), a licence in dance from Paris 8 University (France / 1996) and a Master in Art / visual communication from Rio Catholic University – PUC.
She has authored “Cidadãos dançantes: a experiência de Ivaldo Bertazzo com o corpo de dança da Maré” (2007) (Dancing citizens: the experience of Ivaldo Bertazzo with the dance corps of Maré) publish at UnniverCidade publishing. She has also published a DVD, “Corpo aceso: experiências em educação somática para bailarinos e não bailarinos” (2010). (Excited body: experiences in somatic education for dancers and non-dancers)
Since 2011, Silvia Soter has been the educational director of the Redes da Maré. Since 2002, Silvia acts as the dramaturg for Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças, and she has collaborated with artists Dani Lima, Jérôme Bel, and Marcelo Evelin.