Throughout the festival, le Laboratoire de la pensée wants to invite curious minds to deepen their experience of the performing arts. As a true ally to a good reception of the works, it provides room for discussion, as well as a creative approach to writing, by favouring reactivity and openness to questioning. In that way, each member of the audience is encouraged to become both an activist and a producer of meaning. This lab is lead by a professional from the field of the performing arts, and comes in two distinct parts – les Balises and l’Atelier d’écriture - a writing workshop. It wishes to enable links between the festival’s artistic program and the audience, by providing playful, generous and spontaneous events.
L'invité (the guest)
Every year, far° festival invites a specialist of the performing arts. This guest is encouraged to contribute on various levels: introducing the Balises workshop, conducting the writing workshop, as well as meetings with the Watch & Talk artists-in-residence. The central point in his or her attendance is to provide theoretical input in regard to all the artistic proposals that can be seen during the festival. In connection to his or her own topics of research, the guest enriches the reception of works, and is able to initiate and fuel discussions in connexion to the shows.
Les Balises take place before and after a performance, in order to allow a time for meeting and exchanging. As a reference to the current festival’s title, the guest creates links between topics of his or her choice with the evening’s performance. On several occasions, les Balises shed light on the variety of approaches to a performance, while simultaneously revealing the very structure and staging of the festival itself. These times-out are intended for everyone, and aim at welcoming the performances and extend their reception, without trying to crystallize one unique perspective.
Atelier d’écriture (writing workshop)
Under the shape of a summer school, this writing workshop aims at tackling the performing arts though the lens of writing, thus encouraging the spectator-writer to become both an activator and a producer of meaning. Putting thoughts on paper, or shaping them visually, can effectively contribute in formulating, developing and sharing them. Under the supervision of a professional, participants - drama or art-school students as well as regular festival-goers – can enjoy an educational and privileged work-frame and discuss the performances seen during the festival. This workshop also includes times to meet numerous artists and professionals who are attending the festival. The results of this workshop may be the production of a written item or the creation of a blog.