Emma Valente

This year The Blue Room Theatre is pleased to host Emma Valente, co-director of THE RABBLE, as our “virtual” guest artist for Winter Nights 2020.

Natalie Allen, self-scanned. A workshop participant in Winter Nights 2020.

THE RABBLE are a group of visionary women who have consistently produced bold, provocative and visually stunning theatrical experiences. The company has forged an unrivalled reputation for producing experimental theatre of the highest quality – theatre that interrogates the human condition through a combination of surreal and visceral aesthetics, a feminist sensibility, and the application of intellectually rigorous research.

Emma will be delivering a week-long professional development workshop for ten selected artists from Monday 27 – Friday 31 July. From the comfort of their lounge rooms, participants will hear from Emma as she introduces them to her arts practice and will work with them to develop their own performance ideas and methodologies. Emma will lead the participants through a series of online sessions and guided exercises, as well leaving artists to do self-led work during this time. The workshop will also provide a chance for artists to receive feedback about their developing ideas from Emma.

Workshop participants are comprised of lead artists of many disciplines interested in learning more about devising, dramaturgy, material generation and feminist practice. The participating artists are Alexa Taylor, James McMillan, Natalie Allen, Michelle Aitken, Noemie Huttner-Koros, Phoebe Sullivan, Rebecca Riggs-Bennett, Sam Nerida, Susie Conte and Talya Rubin.

In addition to the professional development workshop, Emma Valente will be engaged in a facilitated conversation and Q&A via Zoom discussing her pathway and practice as a director, dramaturg and lighting director. The conversation will take place on Tuesday 11 August, 4pm WST, and will be open to audiences, with registration a must.

Register via the event here for the Q&A.

Header image: Emma Valente, self-scanned.
Supported by Minderoo Foundation.