What is Dramaturgy?

Dramaturgy is the study of how theatre works. 

 

It's something that all theatre makers are engaged with, knowingly or unknowingly, when they work on a project. Naming and approaching it as 'dramaturgy' is about understanding how your work works, so you can improve the ways you create, collaborate, problem solve, innovate, and articulate what you do.

 

A dramaturg is a practitioner who specifically attends to this dramaturgical conversation. Every artwork has its own dramaturgy, and the dramaturg's role is to help identify and cultivate it.

The dramaturg sits at the intersection between theory and practice, working through processes of reflection, articulation, investigation, provocation and integration to support the artists, the audiences, and the art. Their core task is to try to understand all the elements at play in a given project, and how they work together to create a dynamic whole.

As Dramaturgy X Curation, we're interested in the dramaturgy of theatre projects, but also in the broader applications of dramaturgical strategies in unconventional contexts. Dramaturgy is a way of considering the anatomy of an experience, the conversation with an audience, and the way in which stories and ideas are understood and communicated.

Case Study

^ This is a photo of Lynda Roberts, conducting one of a series of walking tours around Melbourne as part of her PhD on public art.

 

Lynda brought us on for a series of consultations, using dramaturgical tools to help her develop the performative aspect of her project.

 

We worked together on form, structure, flow, and how to make sure she was connecting with the material, and communicating it effectively with her audience.