It is autumn now, the season when everybody tries to find their own way to warm themselves. Fortunately, we have our memories which sometimes can serve as the source of energy and warmth during cold autumn evenings.
At the moment I cannot conceal a smile recollecting the time spent in the Summer Academy in Destelheide. Although it lasted only for a week from the sixteenth to the twenty-second of July, it still evokes sweet aftertaste in my mind.
The Summer Academy functioned as a creative space for those who had been searching for the atmospheric background full of like-minded individuals together with whom it was possible to create a product of art: material or unmaterial. We were able to choose between ten workshops such as: radio plays and sound stories; co-improvising images with objects; image and imagery; creative writing; pressing matters; costume and textile; theatre of the senses; happening sound; dance, composition and improvisation; experimental building and composing. Three of us chose three different workshops. Amel took part in “Image and Imagery”. David was attracted by “Experimental Building and Composing”. I could not participate in anything else except “Theatre of the Senses”.
My workshop was conducted by Jean-Marie Oriot, a set designer, director and performer in various European companies and projects. He was able to build such an atmosphere for the participants from different countries, speaking different languages, working in different fields, that united us into one artistic organism investigating a poetic space as a tool for change.
The results of our work were presented in one of last days. Finally, everybody managed to see with their own eyes what had been happening within the walls of other ateliers. If you also want to take a look at some of the photos and videos from the Summer Academy, follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/zomeracademie/
By Kristina Kitsula