LEIMAY LUDUS Lab with Dramaturge Susan Mar Landau

Dramaturge Susan Mar Landau’s LUDUS Lab, who asks what when and why?, will explore the act of questioning as both a generative and critical tool for performance makers. The creation of a performance work demands different kinds of dramaturgical questions for the artist to consider: What are these questions? Who asks them? When and why? With Susan, participants will explore what form and import these questions might take. The Lab will draw reference from Roland Barthesʼ essay “The Death of the Author”, as well as from an in-depth conversation with SOAK artist Lucy Kerr about her own artistic process in creating her piece you are nothing/you were all i had. Along with collective discussions, each participant will have the opportunity and support to investigate and identify questions that could serve their own creative process.

As part of this LUDUS Lab, participants will be asked to attend Lucy Kerr’s performance of you were nothing/you were all i had at the LEIMAY Friends and Fellows Showcase on June 8th at 8pm. If you missed the performance, please see the video below in order to participate in the Lab.

Please note that this LEIMAY Ludus Lab has a short text for required reading: Roland Barthes’s The Death of the Author. Click here for a link to the text.

You are nothing-you were all i had by Lucy Kerr from CAVE home of LEIMAY on Vimeo.


Dates and Times:
June 16, 7pm – 10pm

June 17, 4pm – 7pm

Tuition: Free

Pre-registration is required.
Members’ discounts and other discounts valid for online payment only

Susan Mar Landau is a New York City-based dramaturge and interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been shown in exhibitions and arts festivals in both the USA and Europe. As a dramaturg, she has collaborated with choreographers and performance makers Vanessa Anspaugh, Aretha Aoki, Massimiliano Balduzzi, Yanira Castro, Daria Faïn, Levi Gonzalez, Emily Johnson and Arturo Vidich. Landau holds a BA from Hampshire College, an M.A. in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of London, and a Graduate Certificate in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Landau was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Hampshire College, Amherst Massachusetts from 2006 – 2008, and has taught courses at schools in both the CUNY and SUNY systems. She has taught workshops in cultural theory and performance practice for Movement Research, New York Live Art’s Fresh Tracks program, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City and 14mera, Athens.


SOAK is supported, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  SOAK and LEIMAY Ludus Training are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding for LEIMAY’s presenting program is given by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

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