SPIRIT OF CHANGE – LONG TABLE
Posted on 05 Jun 2018
At Spirit of Change, The Transform Pit Party at the Barbican this week, we’re hosting a discussion that asks if art can provoke social change. Using the Long Table format (an experimental, open public forum originally designed by LoisWeaver) participants will be invited to give their perspective on art and change. The discussion will be hosted by writer and critic Maddy Costa and feature contributions from Ada Mukhina, Tobi Kyeremateng and you, the audience.
HOST - MADDY COSTA
Maddy Costa works in relation to theatre and performance, as critic, blogger, fanzine-maker and dramaturg. She is a founder member (alongside Mary Paterson and Diana Damian Martin) of the experimental writing/performance/dialogue collectives Something Other and the Department of Feminist Conversations. Since 2017 she has been interviewing arts organisations around the world as part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Inquiry into the Civic Role of the Arts, building a library of case studies in social engagement, co-creation and participatory practices. She co-hosts a pop-up theatre club – like a book group, but for performance – across London.
CONTRIBUTOR - TOBI KYEREMATENG
Tobi Kyeremateng is a theatre, festival and live performance producer. She is currently Producer at Apples and Snakes, Executive Producer (Up Next) at Bush Theatre, and Programme Coordinator at Brainchild Festival. In 2013, she assisted in producing Ovalhouse Theatre’s site-specific piece ‘The Street’, and joined Battersea Arts Centre as Junior Producer until 2016. She was part of the Old Vic 12 2016 cohort and a Runner Up team for The JMK Award 2017 with debbie tucker green’s ‘random’, directed by Nathan Crossan-Smith. Tobi has delivered workshops and talks for institutions such as National Theatre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Southbank University, Barbican Centre, Somerset House and more, and has collaborated with organisations such as Roundhouse, Bestival, Block9 @ Glastonbury, Wilderness Festival and Citadel Festival.
Tobi is the co-founder of the Black Ticket Project initiative that aims to bridge the gap between Black audiences and theatres.
CONTRIBUTOR - ADA MUKHINA
Ada Mukhina is theatre-maker from St.Petersburg, currently based in London. Founder and director of Theatre project Vmeste, Russian collaborative theatre group that has been creating socially engaged, participatory and interdisciplinary performances for over 5 years. Graduated with distinction from the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, where she was later invited as a visiting lecturer. Awarded the Chevening Scholarship to undertake her second MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. As German Chancellor Fellow conducted a research-based project about theatre for social change in Germany resulted in multiple publications and a theatre production. Presented her work at the festivals in the Netherlands, South Africa and Russia.