Conversation, dialogue, digression and conversation machine: around the word

Advanced course in playwriting
From 06/07/2017 to 08/07/2017
From Thursday to Saturday
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
210€ (lunch included)
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Total hours: 18h

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Course description

Jean-Pierre Ryngaert, one of the great theorists of contemporary French theatre, proposes a course where the word and dialogue form the central core.

Ordinary conversation is not the same as theatrical dialogue, which in the last few decades has undergone all the transformations imaginable, when it has not disappeared completely. However, conversation can be a source of work and imagination. Linguists, in fact, have always studied conversation more than dialogue, and these studies can be useful to us.

This workshop will allow us to return to the source of the “current human exchange through the word”, while we examine what linguists have called the “rules of conversation”.

Basing ourselves on this, I propose to use, in the form of improvised games, a “conversation machine” that I have made up based on the rules of habitual exchanges. This machine produces words that are similar to “real conversations”.

With play, with writing, we will seek to modify these conversations in all the ways possible, off-centring them, perhaps, corrupting them, envisaging their digressions.

The theoretical moments will be combined with moments of theatrical experience.

Within the GREC 2017 Festival of Barcelona.

Jean-Pierre Ryngaert

Jean-Pierre Ryngaert (1945) is Emeritus professor of Theatrical Studies at the Sorbonne University (Paris 3). He has taught dramatics at the ERAC (Cannes and Marseille School of Acting) since autumn 2011 and directs the Summer University of the festival La Mousson d’été.

Ryngaert is a specialist in contemporary dramatic script and, more generally, in dramaturgy. Furthermore, he is equally interested in the teaching of play and the relationships between knowledge and the stage. Along these lines, he exercises professionally as a dramaturgy adviser and sometimes also as a theatre director. In January 2017, for example, he directed the play J’irai dehors, by Didier Delahais, at the Glob Theatre in Bordeaux.

J. P. Ryngaert has also contributed to numerous collective publications, dictionaries, encyclopaedias and the CNRS (France’s National Scientific Research Centre), with the book entitled Voies de la création théâtrale. Apart from all this, he regularly publishes articles and participates in international conferences.

Highlights among his works include:

Théâtres du XXIe siècle. Commencements (with Julie Sermon). Armand Colin, 2012.
Ecritures dramatiques contemporaines. Armand Colin, July 2011.
Graphies en scène (co-directed with Ariane Martinez). Editions Théâtrales, June 2011.
Jouer, représenter, new edition in France. Armand Colin, 2010.
Jouer, représenter (new Brazilian edition). Sao Paulo, COSAC et NAIFY Edicioes, March 2009.
Introduction à l’analyse du théâtre, new edition (3rd), revised and expanded. Armand Colin, Jamiarener 2008.
Le personnage contemporain, Décomposition, recomposition (with Julie Sermon). Editions Théâtrales, June 2006.
Nouveaux Territoires du dialogue (directing). Actes Sud-Papiers, November 2005.

Important information

Admission to the course will be based on order of arrival and CV assessment, which should be sent (with photograph included), filling in the form on the right.

Places on courses are limited. Places will be reserved once the course amount has been paid. Payment must be made within one week of receiving the corresponding acceptance email.

The dates indicated for each course or seminar may be subject to variations in exceptional circumstances. These will be notified when applicable.

For the course to take place, a minimum number of students must be registered. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the student will have the option of registering for a different course (providing that there are places available) or alternatively will receive a refund of the amount paid (100%). If a student withdraws, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be applicable, providing that written notice is given at least 10 days before the start of the course.

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