The Witness as Dramaturg

Cathy Turner and Synne¬†Behrndt were guest speakers¬†at a seminar held by Dance4 at ArtsAdmin, Toynbee Studios on the subject of ‘Witness as Dramaturg’. Artists Martin del Amo, Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly have engaged in an International exchange programme made possible by a partnership between Dance4 (UK) and Critical Path (AUS) from October 2006 to October 2008. The aim of this project was to facilitate a critical space for artists to investigate a personal research question collectively. Key to their exchange has been the creative and critical potential of the figure of ‘the witness’. Acting as neither an audience nor a critic, they have each occupied different roles in one another’s creative processes. Witholding judgements, feedback and questions, their roles have hinged on accounts, testament and a verifiable