Workshop with Samara Hersch

I would like to collectively think about and enact ways we can stage 'absence' and to explore the potential of intimacy and proximity through distance/remoteness - and how this might shape new and radical ways of 'being together'. Some research questions we will be addressing: How is intimacy experienced through performance? When do we feel it? What does it feel like? What is 'presence' and 'liveness' - especially in an increasingly online world? How can distance illicit closeness? And what are different ways we can be 'present' together ( when we are apart)?

SAMARA HERSCH is a theatre maker, director and teaching artist whose practice explores the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement. She recently completed her Masters at Das Theatre in Amsterdam. Her current research is an exploration into public acts of intimacy, particularly through imagining new performative frames for non- professional performers and audiences to inhabit. Her recent work Body of Knowledge has been presented at Theater Spektakel, Zurich, Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Hamburg, After Winter Festival, BUDA, Kortrijk, Spielart Festival, Munich, Liveworks Festival, Sydney and SICK! Festival Manchester. Her piece We All Know What's Happening was the 2019 recipient of the ZKB Patronage Prize and Audience Choice Award at Theater Spektakel, Zurich and the winner of the 2017 Green Room Award for Best Contemporary and Experimental Performance, Melbourne.