Invidual residences

GEORGE BELLIVEAU

From Thursday, 17 June 2021 to Monday, 28 June 2021

GEORGE BELLIVEAU
Professor/Theatre artist
Vancouver (Canada)

Bio

George Belliveau is Head and Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. For the last two decades his scholarship has focused on research-based theatre, where with a team of artists and researchers he has co-developed plays based on funded research projects. His latest book ‘Contact!Unload: Research-based theatre with military veterans’ (2020) explores a project with military veterans, artists and counselors. The play and adaptations of it have been performed over 40 times to  audiences across Canada, UK, and Australia. Another recent book project ‘Research-based Theatre: An Artistic Methodology’ (2016) explores a variety of international projects that use theatre to examine critical social issues. He is a trained actor (Stanislavsky approach & Lecoq), and has participated in over 100 theatre productions as an actor, director, or playwright. He was recently inducted into the College of the Royal Society of Canada (2017).

Project

During my residency I will work on a theatre play about what happens when one (nearly) loses their mother tongue. The play traces the journey of an individual growing up speaking Acadian French (language of Rabelais) in a rural part of Canada. In a desperate pursuit of perfecting his English for professional purposes, he nearly erases his Acadian identity.  The play is a quest to reclaim language and identity through performance.  The narrative is porous enough so people globally can see glimpses of their stories played out - their journeys of learning/losing/reclaiming language and identity. 

Notícies, articles i activitats

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