Laboratory for contemporary performing arts
WHEN & WHERE
ABOUT VN LAB
WHO IS IT FOR
The VN Lab takes place each year from January to June in The Old Power Station Ljubljana.
Every month, we organize a three-day workshop (a series of six workshops). Each workshop is organized over the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Working hours: every day from 10h to 17h.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE FOR 2017
• January: 20-21-22
• February: 24-25-26
• March: 24-25-26
• April: 21-22-23
• May: 19-20-21
• June: 23-24-25
Exceptionally, due to unplanned events during the year, dates may be changed. In case of unexpected changes in the schedule, you will be informed in due time.
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The VN Lab is the Via Negativa laboratory for performing arts, in which we deal with the questions why and what to perform.
The VN Lab is organized as a series of six workshops connected into a continuous creative process. The work follows the method of self-staging we’ve developed on the basis of a 10-year creative practice and on experience from giving numerous workshops at home and abroad.
The VN Lab is meant for practitioners and makers of contemporary performing arts with some previous experiences. During VN Lab workshops, participants explore their own personal material, questioning their motives and reasons for performing and develop the most efficient performative strategies for themselves and their material.
For promising and original works that arise during VN Lab workshops, we also organize public presentations and invite the authors of these pieces to join us in future Via Negativa projects.
The VN Lab is organised in collaboration with Bunker in Ljubljana, which provides space for the workshops and a venue for public presentations.
VN LAB IS LED BY
a theatre director, founder and artistic director of Via Negativa.
an actress and performer, regularly working with VN since 2004.
a performer and actor, collaborating with VN since the beginning.
The VN Lab is open to all who wish to develop their own creative processes and to explore strategies of contemporary performing arts.
The VN Lab is not an acting school – it’s not about teaching acting techniques or performing skills, but about how and why to use them in performance.
The VN Lab is mostly practical work – the participants spend most of their time (re)searching their own material and developing the most efficient performing strategy for that material.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, VN LAB IS INTENDED FOR:
- everyone with a strong personal interest, ambition and need to become a performing arts maker,
- practitioners from fields of performing arts, theater, dance, visual arts, body practices, experimental research…
- performers interested in digging into the problems and strategies of contemporary performing arts,
- emerging performing arts practitioners who would like to develop or improve their creative strategy,
- people interested in experimenting with presentation forms and stretching the field of performing arts.
Recommended for practitioners and makers of contemporary performing arts with some previous experience.