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The
Open Page


Theatre - Women - Struggle

 

CONTENTS


The Open Page - OPEN QUOTES

Maggie Gale (Britain) - ABSENCE AND EVIDENCE

Em Theay (Cambodia) - BEYOND THE KILLING FIELDS

Estela Leñero Franco (Mexico) - PIONEERING WOMEN IN MEXICAN THEATRE

Franca Rame interview by Stefania Taviano (Italy) - I AM READY

Anne Bogart (USA) - RESISTANCE

Béatrice Picon-Vallin (France) - Janne Risum (Denmark) - MASHA

Adelina Ong (Singapore) - AGAINST A BRICK WALL

Lali Armengol Argemí (Venezuela) - A PRESENCE IN THE STREETS

Nora Amin (Egypt) - THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

Joanna Sherman - Christina Gelsone (USA) - OUT OF THE BLUE

Roxana Pineda (Cuba) - THE PATH OF RESISTANCE

Ulla Ryum (Denmark) - THE DANCE OF THE POLAR BEARS

Jill Greenhalgh (Britain) - A WORDY WARFARE

Margaret Cameron (Australia) - WHAT GULLIVER WALKS

Julia Varley (Britain/Denmark) - IRONED SHEETS

Ana Woolf (Argentina) - LOOKING FOR THE ANTIDOTE

Geddy Aniksdal (Norway) - MY PRIVILEGE

Dawn Albinger (Australia) - THE HEROIN(E)

Kathrine Winkelhorn (Denmark) - ARTS AND MONEY

Iami Rebouças Freire (Brazil) - THE WORLD OF APPEARANCES

Margarita Borja (Spain) - STAGES OF LIFE - LIFE ON STAGE

Maysa Zaky (Egypt) - DISAPPEARING IN THEATRE

Beatriz Camargo (Colombia) - BREAKING THE MIRROR

Pam Woods (Britain) - FALLING AMONG THE NETTLES

Rebeca Ralli (Peru) - CONSTRUCTIVE CONSTRICTIONS

Angelika Göken (Germany) - PEOPLE WHO MEET AND LOVE

The Open Page - OPEN LETTERS

The Open Page - OPEN NEWS

 

 

EDITORIAL


Angelika Göken died soon after I made the interview with her for this issue of The Open Page. The openness and courage of her words are an example for all of us in our everyday struggles. But she died - and death is too real and final to deal with. It transforms struggle into a question of how to continue living despite a reality which is just too harsh. The answer I found for myself is in letting Angelika live on through the interview, allowing her words also to give courage to her family and theatre group so that they continue the work that she was not able to finish.

 

Different is the reality of the macho culture of Venezuela for Lali Armengol, the cruelty of Pol Pot's government for Em Theay, the shock of her rape for Franca Rame. Despite many articles talking of illness, repression, insurmountable obstacles, unfavourable conditions, insecurities and a feeling of rejection by history, this issue of The Open Page exudes a general attitude of determination, optimism, authority, energy and strength. The authors were encouraged to think of struggle in a constructive and active way and the result points towards an understanding of struggle as being at the very heart of our theatre work as women, be it social, political, cultural, personal or professional.

 

Talent is very rarely something we can rely on, and many women have built their technique and approach autonomously to find, master, change and renew themselves. Step by step, their paths are filled with hurdles and emptiness, with insurmountable walls and vast deserts, with disagreements and solitude, with the desire and frustration of collective work. The list of professional challenges that need to be surmounted in order to acquire experience, for actors and dancers who struggle with their bodies and voices, for directors who struggle with the ability to concretise their visions, is completed by many articles referring to battles with words, meetings and power. As women practitioners we also struggle to document our work and be more present in theatre history.

In order to continue, we need to find a new meaning in our actions, so as not to repeat ourselves or take shortcuts. We need to make choices which involve challenge and risk, to follow unexplored directions, and to remain faithful to the original motivation although confronting all the necessary dimensions that our theatre activity simultaneously requires.

 

The eternal struggle is to invent ways of making theatre that will take a position and leave a trace, influence our surroundings and give us the strength to face the future.

 

Julia Varley

Holstebro, March 2004

 

 

 

 

no. 9 - April 2004

 

op 9 lille

 

 

Editorial Board:

Gilly Adams, Geddy Aniksdal, Maria Ficara, Maggie Gale,

Julia Varley

Production Coordinator:

Rina Skeel

Collaborating Editor:

Jill Greenhalgh

Cover:

Marco Donati

 

With special thanks to:

Grenland Friteater

Chris Fry

Pippa Hill

Las Palmas University

Carmen Márquez Montes

Rocío Solís

 

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