Anne Bogart, the American director who co-founded the Saratoga International Theatre Institute with Tadashi Suzuki, gave a conference at the Central School of Speech and Drama in April this year. The title of her conference was Six real things and it was part of the CSSD’s programme called Theatre Materials, where a series of workshops and roundtables took place.
Although the CSSD never explained what exactly theatre materials meant, it was implied that the programme would be based on the material side of theatre. That means, theatre management, getting funding and discussing arts policies.
Bogart’s lively conference was read in the form of a manifesto, where she explained her methodology both as a director, pedagogue and theatre maker. The sixth real thing of the manifesto summarises very well what an artist feels about the material side of theatre.
1. Meaning in the violence of the present moment
2. Raiding the graveyard
3. Inhabiting oppositions
4. Exactitude is the thing
5. Theatre as massage
6. The material aspect of the theatre is also what wants to kill it