Workshop 2: Theatres of Memory
Staging the Forgotten
Drastic changes often leave behind striking marks in our memories. But is history really what we choose to remember? Or are the things we decide to forget just as important? In this workshop we take a special look at what we forget, or ‘mis-remember’, and why.
We explore the relationship between memory and history. The political, cultural and social elements that surround a transition create an environment of constant evolution and make it difficult to pin down. The Spanish »Transición« from the Franco dictatorship to parliamentary democracy in the 1970s offers a unique opportunity to analyse these connections.
The spotlight is on the participants’ own country and family experiences, which will help to identify various layers of memory and to relate them to each other. We look at the ongoing and dynamic process of remembering and the relations between individual memories and cultural, social and political frames surrounding them. The abundant material available to the participants enables them to develop their own reflections and feelings about history and commemoration.
This workshop gives participants the opportunity to work with orthodox and less orthodox techniques including motion, performance, self-awareness, improvisation and meditation to develop a stage performance that expresses their own thoughts and emotions about history and memory.
About the Workshop
Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda (RMR)
The Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda (RMR) is a cultural non-profit organisation. Since 1573 it has aimed at preserving artistic and historic legacies such as archives, a library, the 18th-century bullring and the oldest ridingschool in Spain. RMR has organised the Iberian history competition for young students since 2007.
This workshop was a part of the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2019 from 15 to 19 October 2019 in Berlin. It brought together 120 participants from Europe and beyond who worked together with experts from the fields of academia, journalism, education and arts to look at and figure out the chances and challenges connected to political transitions.