Message from the Principal

I am delighted to welcome you to our 2019 Symposium, Playful junctions and journeys across borders - a unique three-day festival of events, music, performance, exhibitions and workshops that celebrates the creative practice and research of the College’s students and staff alongside that of key external artists and academics.

This year is curated by ZU-UK (East London Innovators 2019), and they and the Symposium Team are exploring new cultural narratives and experiences to facilitate fresh voices and performances - particularly exploring the audience in contemporary theatre-making. This chimes brilliantly with Rose Bruford College’s aspiration to offer alternative forms and to challenge traditional models. 

A site-specific production by BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts will form an important part of the programme, taking place at Sidcup Manor House

We are pleased to welcome Graeae Theatre Company to the Rose Theatre with two performances of a rehearsed reading of a new piece, And Others, which tells the forgotten stories of the contribution of disabled women to the fight for universal suffrage. Graeae are a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers and boldly placing D/deaf and disabled artists centre stage. These performances will each be followed by Q&A sessions. 

There will also be the opportunity to see Clean Break graduates working with Waiting in the Dark Theatre on the production Constance & Kelly. Clean Break works principally with women who have experience of the criminal justice system.

The College has been working with the British Council in Uzbekistan to make a production of Hamlet with students from the University of Arts and Culture. We are delighted to be welcoming nine students from Uzbekistan to Symposium to perform Hamlet.

I would like to thank the many contributors to the festival and its organisation for their dedication and hard work that has made it possible. I am sure that you will enjoy this extensive and stimulating programme.

Clarie Middleton

Principal and Chief Executive

Introduction from Jorge Lopes Ramos

I have interacted with the Rose Bruford College International Symposium in many ways since its first edition. I was challenged to think differently about my practice as a former student. I was encouraged to expand my understanding of social practices, inter-cultural collaborations, and ever-shifting contexts as a researcher. I was also inspired to articulate my work to new students as a maker. Now I’m delighted to re-join the Rose Bruford College International Symposium as a curator.

It’s been stimulating to collectively construct an inter-disciplinary programme for and with Rose Bruford College students, staff and alumni. During early conversations, the theme of ‘Interactive Experiences: Playful junctions and journeys across borders’ emerged, and seemed to encapsulate the desire from the Symposium team to respond to the world that surrounds us.

The 18th edition of the Rose Bruford College International Symposium presents an intense and varied programme over three days, including resident company ZU-UK, student work and guests from around the globe. Exploring cultural and creative diversity in the intersection between artistic disciplines, this year's Symposium invites you to transit between familiar and unfamiliar spaces. 

This year's Symposium will respond to the overwhelming growth of productions that describe themselves as 'participatory', 'interactive' and 'immersive' by exploring the role of the audience in the developing, making and experiencing of contemporary theatre and performance. We invite Symposium contributors and attendees to help us question the relevance of old models for contemporary challenges, creating a shared temporary community from the 15th to the 17th April 2019 in Lamorbey Park, Sidcup, Kent.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Jorge Lopes Ramos

Symposium Artist Director

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