This year’s programme of the Reims Scènes d’Europe festival was focussed on the theme of refugees. YPAL members saw the shows of the festival Reims Scènes d’Europe, met artists, discussed and compared their experiences as spectators, and exchanged ideas on the role of the audience, as well as discussed the topics brought up in the context of the festival. YPAL is an excellent example of how spectators can take an active part in theatre, and that they can contribute to a redefinition of the audience.
YPALs also participated in a writing workshop that was held by our Italian journalist who regularly writes for our conflict-zones.reviews online magazine. This merger created a synergy between our YPAL audience development programme and our platform of Young Journalists on Performing Arts.
“Awakening the Eye” was a two-day workshop dedicated to theatre lovers, who wanted to dig deeper into such a complex event as a theatrical play.
Particularly in international contexts – where spectators and artists do not share the same language and cultural background – the theatrical code can become hard to encrypt.
Two instruments served as the base of this workshop: memory and writing.
The first is the basic tool of recollecting images, words, colours, facts and figures of the play we just saw; the second is a closed yet very manageable structure useful for organizing memories, thoughts and reflections, in order for other people to understand what they saw and captured in the play. These two instruments, alone or in combination, have one thing in common: they emphasize the presence of the spectator.
Thus, the aim of this workshop was not to offer the key to an objective analysis of the play; on the contrary: it is to rediscover the importance of our very role as spectators. The act of recollecting and organizing our memory brings us to a more defined awareness of our own vision, to complete the creative process initiated by the artist.
With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.