Alexander Zeldin in Zoukak

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

As part of Zoukak Sidewalks
Alexander Zeldin: Artist talk followed by a discussion
Wednesday 20 Dec, 8:00PM-9:30PM at Zoukak Studio, Karantina.

Theatre director and playwright Alexander Zeldin, artist in residence at the National Theatre, sees his style of work not as explicitly playwriting or directing, but as ‘stage writing’, considering the language of bodies, personalities, atmospheres, light and sound as much as words.

Alexander will be in conversation with Zoukak around the theme of "writing on actors”, and creating work with people outside of the theatre. He will share his experiences of growing a theatre practice from the fringe, to the heart of the National Theatre in London, and his evolving practice working with non-professionals and professionals. He will consider political and artistic questions around the place of the theatre in the community today, focusing on the way he writes his plays over 2 to 3 years. He will also show excerpts from the work of Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne whom he assisted in 2013 on their revival of A Magic Flute.

Supported by the British Council

Masterclass with Alexander Zeldin
Thursday 21 Dec, 3:30pm-7:30pm at the Saint Joseph University, IESAV, Damascus Road, Beirut.
Writing stories that embody everyday struggles, Zeldin frequently involves people who are living the realities of his narratives. For example in the US version of his play Beyond Caring (Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago, 2017) which tells the story of five cleaners, he invited members of UNITE, Chicago Workers Collaborative to participate in the rehearsals.
In 2016, Zeldin developed LOVE (National Theatre 2016, Birmingham Rep 2017), a story of a series of families brought together whilst living in temporary accommodation in the run up to Christmas. As with Beyond Caring, he brought people who were actually living in these situations to rehearsals. Different energies and inputs were therefore fed into the process as well as confronting the artistic team with the lived experiences of their subjects.

In this master-class, Alexander will share practical tools used in the elaboration of his plays BEYOND CARING and LOVE. The focus in this session will be on becoming aware of the line between the performer and the character and on several of the key exercises that he uses in developing plays with a mix of professional and non-professional actors. 

Supported by the British Council

In collaboration with Saint Joseph University, IESAV