I had an incredibly stimulating and rewarding time working with a group of Performance/ Movement/ Music practitioners on the first Goldsmith Summer School in Palermo, Sicily. An exhausting and sweltering hotbed of creativity - and some of the best food imaginable! Enormous thanks go out to Professor Anna Furse, Head of Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, my two colleagues Marie Gabrielle Rotie and Maja Mitic who delivered the course with Anna and myself.
This workshop intensive, a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Ministry of Culture for the Commune di Palermo, directed by Dr Andrea Cusumano, has been running in Palermo at Montevergine 20 – 25th July. Participants have come from the UK and internationally from as far as Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, and there is a strong Palermo participation of dancers, actors, musicians, singers and some visual artists. Tutors David Coulter, Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Maja Mitic and the project director Anna Furse have been working each day from 9.30 in the morning till the night. Students have been training and improvising and have also collaborated in interdisciplinary performance exercises.
Friendships and new collaborations have quickly been established and the group of 35 is working very intensively, with some original results.
Anna Furse and her collaborator in Palermo Mela Dell ‘Erba invite the public to come to see our work-in-progress on Saturday 20th July from 5 – 7pm at Montevergini.
Entrance is free of charge.