from 20th-30th Novembre in Johannesburg and Cape Town (SA)
The workshop draws uncommon wisdom from an unlikely text How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie’s bestselling coaching guidebook book from the 1930′s, which rises the question: “What skills and forms of communication can I use in order to influence a situation (ie reality) so that it develops in a way that I want to?” It facilitates the goal of becoming an authentic, respected and convincing person. But what is reality if it is at first a question of persuasive power? The workshops considers the recreation of reality on stage.
Theatre is about acting a different character or playing a role. Performance is often about performing yourself or claiming to be yourself, and playing with the illusion of authenticity. Using dates, information and stories of one’s own biography (true or fake) a performative self-portrait is created, with the possibility of identity being in constant flux; changing from word to word, movement to movement. The workshop deals with being yourself on stage (or claiming it), working with reality, playing with reality, and questioning reality; with the rolemodel of a conman – the one who convinces and influences other people, who makes other people believe and trust him.