TWIGA: THEATER WOMEN IMPROVISATION GENDER ACTION
T.W.I.G.A. is the first Slovak theatre studio devoted to depicting women´s experience through the lense of gender and gender roles.
Its activity is a follow up to other successful women and gender projects of The Puppet Theatre at the Crossroads in years 2000-2008 (e.g. Shaman women, 2000-2002, Saleswomen of Stories, 2003-2005, www.ruzovyamodrysvet.sk with the women association Aspekt, Bratislava, 2005-2008).
T.W.I.G.A. is the successor of the project www.ruzovyamodrysvet.sk
Volunteers, theatre´s actresses/actors and students of theatre arts form the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica take part in the work of the studio.
T.W.I.G.A. pointedly deals in its plays with the theme of men-women roles and playing/living through these roles in the society (images of women´s/men´s world in the theatre).
It does not agree with the conventional verbal and non-verbal depicting of women/men in the contemporary world/theatre. It gives space to reversed perspective in opposition to the major view of the role of a woman or a man in the society.
It examines the so-called social construction, conceptions and expectations, what is (not) appropriate for a woman/man. Combines more methods in its work: authorial theatre, progression of verbatim theatre – the plays are created at a basis of authenticity, personal experience/testimonies of actresses/the directress with their woman/actress role in the society/theatre within a given inscenation theme.
During the so-called emotional exercise (which is a very personal and intimate dialogue between the actresses and the director) the members of TWIGA examine the causes and forms of the socialization of women, various speech and social models that affect acts of an individual and ways we think about women.
We use elements of post-dramatic theatre, as well as cross-dressing, cross-voicing, cross-acting and gender studies when forming roles for our actresses. The Studio has introduced several inscenations, e.g. Emotional Up-Bringing of a Contortionist - Citová výchova hadej ženy (mother-daughter relationship), Moda/Dramas -Mocad(r)ámy (institutionalised violence), (Za)páračky (gender interpretation of romantic ballades and women´s babble), etc. by which we wanted to disturb the traditional norms of our society and ways we regard lives of women and lives of men.
The aim of TWIGA is to form a gender-sensitive language in the theatre and to support independent discourse of women and men in arts.
Information about T.W.I.G.A.
We informed the professional public at the New Drama 2010 festival about TWIGA´s activity within the unconventional conference Do (not) make drama out of it! - (Ne)robte z toho drámu! (drama challenges of today),www.theatre.sk, division New Drama - Nová dráma.
You may read about TWIGA´s activities in the book Children of the Revolution – Deti revolúcie, Eva Kyselová´s writing the Entrenching of feminine philosophy and aesthetics into the Slovak drama and theatre after 1989 (Prenikanie feministickej filozofie a estetiky do slovenskej drámy a divadla po roku 1989) or Woman´s thus with other voice and ink - Ženským, teda iným hlasom a perom (published by Theatre Institute in Bratislava, 2010).
Activities of T.W.I.G.A. in 2010
Trio BES Šmíračky - Spying looks (original play, January 2010, supported by the Government Office SR, number of shows: 21)
Klub EQ 2010, Encounters with... (Encounter with Rita Dove – March, Encounter with Mila Haugová – April, Encounter with Jana Juráňová – June)
The opening of the exhibition Holé baby, necenzurované akty slovenských majstrov (Naked chicks, uncensored nudes by Slovak experts), Slovak National Gallery, October 2010, www.snd.sk, www.aspekt.sk
Activities of T.W.I.G.A. in 2011
The introduction of Jana Juráňová´s Reality of Dreamshow had its premiere in September 18th, 2011 and it was the first premiere of the 2011/2012 theatre season.
Studio TWIGA is preparing a theatre happening within the project SUBJECT: Road no.5 that focuses on the phenomenon of violence in the society. The project will take place in Slovak cities and towns from 25 November 2011 which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The project was created with the cooperation of Slovak non-profit women’s organizations. Supported by Government Office of the Slovak Republic and Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic 2011.