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Theatre - Women - Text

 

CONTENTS

 

Leah Thorn (Britain) - POEMS

Geddy Aniksdal (Norway) - YES

Ursula Cetinski (Slovenia) - LONELY VOYAGE

Brigitte Cirla (France) - INVISIBLE SCORE

Teresa Ludovico (Italy) - MEMOIRS OF A JOURNEY

Pei Yanling (China) - CHILDHOOD TEXTS

Jane Buckler (Britain) - TALKING TO MYSELF

Gabriela Bianco (Argentina) - COMING HOME

Susana Freire (Argentina) - VOICE OF SILENCE

Fadimata Walett Ouman (Touareg) - NOMADIC VOICES

Helen Jamieson (New Zealand) - FROM PAPER AND INK TO PIXELS AND LINKS

Vivian Martínez Tabares (Cuba) - JOURNEY INTO CRITICISM

Carlotta Ikeda (Japan) - WORDS OF BONE AND MUSCLE

Elena Guiochíns (Mexico) - ANDROGYNOUS PLAYWRITING

Pilar Restrepo (Colombia) - POETRY ON STAGE

Maringsih, Sarniani & Wistari (Bali) - THE SERVANTS' STORY

Helen Chadwick (Britain) - HOUSE OF TEXT

Lena Ekhem (Sweden) - WRESTLING WITH WORDS

Ermanna Montanari (Italy) - DIALECT AS DISCIPLINE

Jacky Lansley (Britain) - A FIERCE SILENCE

Jette Bastian (Denmark) - WORDS AS MOVEMENT

Julia Varley (Britain/Denmark) - ANTS IN A CARPET OF CLOUDS

Maggie Gale (Britain) - WHAT TEXT NEXT?

Liz Letizia (Italy) - Leah Thorn (Britain) - POEMS

The Open Page - NOTES ON THEATRE PRACTICE

Sophia New (Britain) - WRITTEN ON THE BODY

Lilicherie McGregor (Aotearoa New Zealand) - GLASS BEADS

Susanne Vill (Germany) - PLAYING DREAMTIME

Nor Hall (USA) - VANISHING WRITING

Elaine Avila (Canada) - BURN GLOOM

Ana Woolf (Argentina) - SPACE FOR MEMORY

Susan Bassnett (Britain) - POEMS

The Open Page - OPEN LETTERS - OPEN NEWS

 

 

EDITORIAL

 

At first, the theme Theatre-Women-Text seemed limited to the horizon of written plays and traditional Western text based performance, though we had expected to receive articles looking at text from different points of view, such as inspiration, action, craft, choreography and narration. We were surprised: we were taken on a journey through different kinds of silence. The unspoken words, which reveal the insecurity of not knowing what to say, the lack of a pulpit from which to make an address or the prohibition of expression were confronted by the wisdom of grandmothers, and women from other parts of the world who write, remember, sing and speak, revealing a silence which is our own, filled with biographies, ambitions and stories. Silence can be inert, but also powerful, mysterious and active. Starting from the awareness of receiving in heritage a free open space on which to leave the mark of our experience, the articles move on optimistically as silence becomes a container to explore and invent, rather than an imposed obligation. Theatre helps us recognise the wisdom that has tacitly been passed down.

 

The articles don't easily subdivide into groups; they don't immediately reveal a common cultural or geographical background; they all connect in an intricate network of arguments. In relation to text, feminism is as equally upheld or rejected in industrially developed countries as in countries still struggling against imperialism. Confidence and enthusiasm are expressed by the role women are taking in the area of virtual theatre, while the cruel reality which words must deal with is apparent in harsh political contingencies. Hope comes from looking into examples from the past, and the love women have for images and oxymoron is revealed in poetic forms of writing. For practitioners, text is inextricably tied to body language and biography. For critics, writers and intellectuals, text becomes the practical tool that connects them to the stage, while resisting or enjoying isolation and collective participation. Text also includes the richness, emotional depth, personality and mystery of voice and the enormous need women have to sing. The word silence is often used: Pei Yanling repeats her texts without saying a word; Gabriela Bianco communicates in deaf and dumb language; Jacky Lansley dances her revolt against official historiography; Lena Ekhem remembers sitting close together on benches; Carlotta Ikeda turns words into choreography.

 

The majority of recognised playwrights of the past are men; the easily transmittable text fills the memory of theatre and women play a small role in this kind of historiography, not dominating the connection between auto-biographical, personal writing and dramatic, objective and universal texts - all this is true, but still this issue gives a general feeling of individuality, creative joy, inventiveness and youth. If women have not left texts behind it is also because they are busy living. For some women text is simply the occasion for making theatre and the articles take us on a journey full of expectation. To continue in this direction, Theatre-Women-Travel has been chosen as theme for the next issue.

 

Julia Varley

Holstebro, March 2001

 

 

 

 

 

no. 6 - March 2001

 

op 6 lille

 

 

Editorial Board:

Geddy Aniksdal, Maggie Gale, Julia Varley

Production Coordinator:

Rina Skeel

Collaborating Editors:

Gilly Adams, Maria Ficara

Special Contributors:

Jette Bastian, Luigia Calcaterra

Cover:

Marco Donati

 

With special thanks to:

Grenland Friteater

Chris Fry

Lars Vik Produksjoner AS

 

 

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