November Research Lab

From 2-13 November three Research Labs - curated by 2nd year DAS Theatre participants - continue to address three essential questions: What happened? What now? What if? In the public encounters, lectures, conversations, and open workshops and continue to explore how theatre can reckon with the present time as a historical moment; how it can repair and engage with its uncertainties; how it can reimagine the future, speculate, and enact alternative ones.


'DAS TALKS' hosts a series of online public conversations with Dutch and international professionals working in theatre institutions and networks. Together, questions surrounding the current performance field crisis as well as the institutions' response to the corona impact will be explored:

What happened to programs, concepts, artists, frames, and networks? How are they adapting and with what future in mind (knowing we cannot predict or control what will come)? What structural inequalities have been highlighted by the pandemic?

LAB 2: WHAT NOW? Signals with Delay

Currently, the consciousness of spaces becoming potential risks has been pushed to the fore. Any encounter: contamination. How to inhabit and renegotiate spaces if access to them has never been so precarious? How to leave traces if traces are everything but welcome?

In this lab, DAS Theatre participants and theatre maker Boukje Schweigman embark on the question of re-calibrating the imaginative access to their artistic research. Schweigman’s practice is fundamentally rooted in navigating through physical and sensory spaces with the main compass we have for this endeavor: the body.

The idea of signals as content is at the core of this research lab, enabling its participants to sustain a practice-based, interwoven and focused dialogue around their main artistic problems and questions.

LAB 3: WHAT IF... We already started?

Part of an ongoing speculative institute, this lab explores the relationship between imagination and uncertainty for fostering artistic responses; The futures that we often imagine in our impassioned discourses but never find the energy to act out will be rehearsed.

What options do we have as artists to relate to this reality in creative ways - and what tools can we develop to imagine beyond it. If we choose to wait, and deepen into our own imagination, what are our responsibilities to those that cannot afford to do so?