June 17, 2013 | Symposion

International Symposium of Documentary Theater in Performance

“Theater of the Voiceless”, a symposium and festival produced by Zeitgeist DC (Austrian Cultural Forum Washington, Goethe-Institut Washington and the Embassy of Switzerland) and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, takes place from June 16 – 19, 2013 at various venues around Washington.

Documentary theater possesses a unique ability to respond to issues of pressing political import and social justice, and provides a platform and voice for the dispossessed. Its goal is to bring together leading playwrights, artists, governmental, political and cultural experts from the United States and German-speaking countries to discuss, perform, and celebrate the international power and vitality of this art form.

This symposium commences with a presentation by Ping Chong, one of the foremost practitioners of documentary theater in the United States, and an internationally acclaimed director, playwright, video installation artist and pioneer in the use of media in the theater, along with two of his collaborators from Ping Chong + Company. Ping Chong + Company was founded in 1975 to create and tour innovative works of theater and art that explore the intersection of race, history, culture and technology in the modern world.

The day will continue with staged readings of Worst Case by Kathrin Röggla (Austria) and a small small world by Germans Konradin Kunze and Sophia Stepf with contributions from Abhishek Majumdar (India).

Additionally, Artistic Director Michael Dove and his Forum Theatre Company and the Taffety Punk Theatre Company will perform pieces inspired by the content presented at the symposium.


11 am – 12:30 pm Ping Chong and Ping Chong + Company

1 – 2:30 pm Workshop production of a small small world, presented in partnership with The Studio Theatre

2:45 – 3:15 pm Artistic response by Forum Theatre

3:30 - 4 pm Reading of excerpts from Worst Case, presented in partnership with The Shakespeare Theatre Company

4:15 – 4:45 pm Artistic response by Taffety Punk Theatre Company

5 – 6 pm Panel discussion about the artistic perspective and creation of documentary theater

When: Monday, June 17, 2013 | 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where: Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University main campus | 3700 O St NW | Washington, DC 20057
Tickets: Admission is free. RSVP required. To register for tickets please visit http://theaterofthevoicelesssymposium-eorg.eventbrite.com/

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