Locus Solus

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Locus Solus is an international, site-specific and devised project (produced in 2009-director: Sozita Goudouna) which aims to form a dialogue of research into practice between architects, visual and sound artists, dancers, choreographers, actors, stage designers, video artists, researchers, writers and dramaturgs. Based on the proto-Surrealist novel 'Locus Solus' (Solitary or Unique Place, 1914) by Raymond Roussel (1877-1933) in which a scientist and inventor named Martial Canterel, has invited a group of colleagues to visit the park of his country estate near Paris, which is called Locus Solus, this project formulates a framework for thinking about 'ideal' and 'real' space.  The production seeks to present issues involving spatiality and mobility, thus it deals with  theatrical space, in terms of its  physical transformation,  through the movement of both the spectators and of the performers. The dramaturgy draws on the analogy between text, image and sound, in order to present literary allusions and echoes, narrative episodes and descriptive scenes, 'verbal found' objects, shifting aesthetic styles and registers. The interconnections between these different disciplines elucidate different types of audience engagement with a "timeless?" visual art object and a temporal theatrical work. This paper focuses on these performative practices, from architecture to body art, so as to analyze the different methods used in theatre practice and contemporary curatorial practices in the visual arts.

Keywords: Site-Specificity, Ideal Space, Real Space, Cross disciplinarity
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theatre, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Locus Solus

Dr Sozita Goudouna

Associate Editor, Student, Royal Holloway University of London
london, BRITAIN, UK

Sozita Goudouna is currently completing a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, entitled ‘Mediated Breath: the Intersection of Critical Discourses in the Visual Arts and the Theatre.’ She studied for a BA(Hons) in Philosophy and Theatre Studies at London Metropolitan University, 1999 and for an MA in Directing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Kings College University of London, 2000. Sozita’s research interests focus upon interdisciplinarity across the arts. She is working as an associate editor for the academic journal Studies in Theatre and Performance (STP) and contributing editor for ROUTLEDGE and other academic journals. She has also worked as a director, assistant director and art curator in London and in Athens and has contributed to periodicals and conferences on subjects like education, theatre and the visual arts.

Ref: A09P0021