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No People Are Uninteresting

Monday, October 1
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gulbenkian Theater, LAU Beirut

As part of BeÓr - October 2018 Workshop Residencies, Imagine Workshop & Concert Series IWCS presents a creative writing workshop by Milia Ayache.

About the Workshop
In his poem “People,” Yevgeny Yevtushenko  laments generalization when he says,“No people are uninteresting/Their fate is like the chronicle of planets.” Why not take it a step further? Every seascape, seedling, and centipede is particular; and yet, how can you find the shared humanity in your dramatic writing?

This workshop emphasizes the link between writing, presence, and performance. By exploring new approaches drawn from Russian theater games; Fitzmaurice, Alexander, and Feldenkrais traditions; as well as the tenets of permaculture, you will explore different levels of attention and awareness, infusing your writing with spontaneity and authenticity. By the end of this workshop, you will have a dramatic piece that emerges from the body, ready to be spoken. 

About Milia Ayache
Milia Ayache is a Beirut-based actor, writer, and Linux enthusiast. Favorite credits include Frog and Nadezda in Masrah Ensemble’s production of Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers and Biljana Srbljanović’s Family Stories, The Performer in Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers, Hermia in Walden Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Miles in the world premiere of Futurity: A Musical. She has performed on the Moscow, Minneapolis, Berlin, Stavanger, Providence, Beirut, New York, and Los Angeles stage. Milia teaches playwriting and creative writing at The American University of Beirut and makes up half of a sibling musical duo in which she sings and plays a variety of battered instruments. She holds an MFA from The American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Her article on making theater in public spaces in Beirut has recently been published in Stages of Resistance: Theater and Politics in the Capitalocene (NoPassport Press).

About IWCS (Imagine Workshop and Concert Series)
Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) is a series of concerts, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, outreach and education programs. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of our community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU's faculty, students and a diverse community; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives, and introducing underprivileged communities to the power of arts.

For more info contact Dr. Seba Ali: seba.ali@lau.edu.lb

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