Workshop with BOJANA KUNST

International Workshop: 17 - 21 March: Dramaturgical performance strategies laboratory.

Bojana Kunst: Philosopher and Contemporary Art Theoretician

If we say that art is a public activity, we say also that it is never isolated from signification. Artists today work inside the dense network of historical, social, artistic and political contexts. At the same time these contexts are not only discursive, but also sensorial and embodied.

This multiple characteristic of the context is also one of the reasons why dramaturgy in dance has such a slippery position; it seems namely that it is very hard to grab it and say exactly what is it about.

In the workshop we will work practically with inventive approach to dramaturgy and give the insight into the embodied and experiential aspects of dramaturgical work and their role in the process of performance making. We will be focused especially on the problem of the context, research and experimentation.  We will deal with collaborative approaches that understand working processes also as a way to produce knowledge about artistic processes.

Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst was studying in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is a full professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies / ATW – Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany.

She graduated in 1994 from Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts. She began to work as a young researcher in year 1996 at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy – Aesthetics. With the young researcher grant from the The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia she completed in the year 1998 her Master Degree from Philosophy with the thesis The Problem of the Body in Theatre, Impossible Body. In the year 2002 she completed and defended her Ph. D. dissertation with the title Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Between Organic and Technological, Aesthetics of the Body and the Art of Postmodernism. She has the Ph. D. from philosophy – aesthetics. She worked as a researcher at the University of Ljubljana (till 2009) and as a guest professor at the University of Hamburg (2009 – 2011).

Her primary research interests are philosophy of contemporary performance, philosophy of choreography and movement, performance and politics, gender studies, performance and media, dramaturgy, philosophy of embodiment.

She is a member of the editorial board of Maska Magazine, Amfiteater and Performance Research. Her essays are appearing in numerous international journals and publications and she is teaching and lecturing extensively in Europe. She published and edited several publications, among them Impossible Body (Ljubljana, 1999) and Dangerous Connections: Body, Philosophy and Relation to the Artificial (Ljubljana, 2004), Processes of Work and Collaboration in Contemporary Performance (Ur)., Amfiteater, Maska, Ljubljana, 2006, Artist at Work, Maska, Ljubljana, 2013, Performance and Labour, Performance Research 18.1. (ed. with Gabriele Klein), 2013, Artist at Work, Proximity of Art and Capitalism, Maska, 2013.


There are two ways to participate in Bojana's workshop:

As a choreographer/maker with an existing work in progress or practice to bring to the workshop

(There will be one choreographer per day for the five days)


As an observer. An observer can attend one or all of the days but must book via

The choreographers participating in this workshop are:

17 March - Shelley Lasica
18 March - Gregory Lorenzutti
19 March - Matthew Day
20 March - Chimene Steele-Prior
21 March - Prue Lang

Date: 17-21 March
Time: 10am-1pm
Choreographer/maker - $50 per day, $40 concession
Observer - $20 per day, $45 for the week

Partners:  Goethe Institute, and Critical Path