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Talk with Dana Rufolo: I am Viola da Gamba and Joyn: Narrative Poetry in Performance

Thursday 28 October 18:00-20:00

The Institut français d’Ecosse is delighted to have theatre critic, performer and Luxembourg writer Dana Rufolo, who will be talking about her creative work for the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. The conference is free and open to all.

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Talk with Dana Rufolo:
I am Viola da Gamba and Joyn: Narrative Poetry in Performance

Thursday 28 October 2021 | 18:00-20:00

In-person at the Institute

In English

Event organised in partnership with the University of Edinburgh (School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures) curated by Dr Séverine Genieys-Kirk.

Please note that wearing a face-covering is mandatory in the space


About Dr Dana Rufolo

Holding an MA in theatre theory and criticism and a doctorate in theatre studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (USA), as well as a DESS in Art Therapy with special emphasis on Drama Therapy from the University of Luxembourg in conjunction with the University of Paris V, Dr Phil Dana Rufolo is the founding director of the Theatre Research Institute of Europe, asbl (aka TRIE, pronounced “try”). The special feature of TRIE is that it comprises a performance wing called TRIE Justice.

During her prolific career, Dr Rufolo has published numerous academic articles on theatre and on drama therapy, including articles on her theory of "Aesthetic Empathy". She has received literary prizes in the country of Luxembourg which has classified her as a national writer; her writings are stored at the Centre National de Littérature in Mersch, Luxembourg for future researchers.

Performer, poet, and short story and play writer, Rufolo has seen her play Hurt, Dignfied produced at the 2007 European Capital of Culture, and her narrative poetry book "I am Viola da Gamba" staged at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg in 2012 with original music composed specifically for the piece. She has just concluded a research and development residency at the Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau for her latest narrative poem in performance – in association with a choreographer and four professional dancers – Joyn, A Marriage Made in Mega-Heaven. In the talk, she will discuss a future site-specific project, as well.

Since 2016, Dana Rufolo is also the editor-in-chief of the London-based theatre magazine Plays International & Europe, where she has excelled in keeping the classic tradition of the hand-held magazine alive by championing the individuality of the critic-correspondents who write for the magazine by inviting talented theatre critics to develop their own personal voice.

Access Details
Institut français d’Ecosse, Salle Jacques Tati (Ground Floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF
The IFE and its spaces are fully accessible with step-free access.

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