Open Call for the Future Epics Lab

Heartefact Fund announces an open call for participation in Future Epics Lab, as a part of the Future Epics project. The project is envisioned to highlight the suppressed and forgotten historical narratives through arts. As the first out of three planned labs, Future Epics Lab is an additional way of searching for topics that can be used later in the creative process and also a way of creating a team that could work on the final performances that will be presented at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in 2020.

The project is a two-year Creative Europe cooperation between Heartefact (Serbia), Tasca (Spain), Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts (Sweden) and Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Croatia).

The idea of the Future Epics Lab is to gather dramaturgs, ethnologists and cultural anthropologists or students in that field. The main topics of this project’s narratives are mostly related to the cultural heritage in the widest context of this term – reconstruction, reevaluation, deconstruction, relativization and creating a tradition, in the sense of material and non-material cultural/historical heritage.

By exploring different historical periods, the participants will be encouraged to explore specific topics that can be related to a place, an object, a concept (of a historical importance), with a special reference to the concept of the collective memory.

During this lab, the participants will be given a chance to explore what leads to the creation of the place for memory and the invention of a tradition, to find out where is the boundary between the historical facts and the history we need, and to learn how to turn the historical elements from a linear diegesis to more clear causal relationships and narratives.

The participants will be mentored by Biljana Srbljanovic, one of the best-known playwrights and dramaturgs in Southern Europe. Her plays have been translated and staged all across the world, and her work usually contains a prominent dimension of facing the past through art. Her curriculum for this lab includes practical work combined with theoretical lectures, which will rely on concepts such as Eric Hobsbawm’s “Invention of Tradition”, Pierre Nora’s “Realms of Memory”, as well as Lehman’s theory of postdramatic theatre, Kristeva’s definition of the term “polylogue”, and Bakhtinian concept of polyphony.

The lab will last 6 days and will result in a showcase during which the participants’ artwork will be presented individually or collectively, depending on the group’s dynamics and affinities.

We invite the interested dramaturgs, ethnologists and cultural anthropologists of different academic and professional experience to send their CV and a short motivational letter to lab@futurepics.org by 31st December 2018. The chosen participants will be informed about their participation in January.

The lab will take place from 11th to 17th February 2019 in Belgrade. Participation is free, while the organizer covers all travel and accommodation expenses for the participants who are not from Belgrade.