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Studies in Migration (Interdisciplinary Research Group)

in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa presents

Dialoguing with those who are absent

By Guy Cools


(Lecture and workshop)


Based on his ongoing research on how the Greek moiroloi (lamentations) can be used as a template to look at contemporary art practices that deal with mourning and grief, Guy Cools (the Belgian dance-dramaturg, the author of the book In-Between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan) will offer a lecture and a workshop in creative writing in the oral tradition of these lamentations used, even today, to mourn the death, to say goodbye to the bride leaving her family, or to dialogue with those who are in exile. The moiroloi are by nature theatrical and dramatic in the way the singer addresses the absent person and temporarily lends him her voice to answer back: a widow talks to her husband, a mother to her married daughter, a corpse to its own ‘tired body’.

This lecture and workshop, offered exclusively to the Université of Ottawa students and members of Ottawa theatre and dance community, will explore the antiphonic structure of the Greek laments to dialogue with those who are absent in our own lives.


The lecture and the workshop will take place on

December 2, 2017; 10am – 1 pm;


At the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa

135 Seraphin-Marion Street, Ottawa.

Room 303


The workshop is free of charge

The language of instruction is English


Questions and RSVP must be send to Dr. Yana Meerzon

by November  27, 2017 at ymeerzon@uottawa.ca

the places are limited