Centre Stage Series: Rehearsing Translation

Publication date: Jan 31, 2014 01:44 PM

Start: Feb 13, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: Room 432, SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW


A work demonstration exploring rehearsal-centred translation in LegalAliens' production of The Return by Sergio Pierattini.

Unlike poems or novels, plays come to life only when they are inhabited and spoken aloud by a group of performers. LegalAliens' method of working emphasises the importance of the rehearsal process to the development of a final performance text. Through the performance of scenes (in Italian and English) drawn from different stages of the journey, LegalAliens' Lara Parmiani and Becka McFadden will discuss the process of translating Sergio Pierattini's Il Ritorno (The Return) with playwright Matt Morrison and a company of bilingual, London-based Italian actors. 

This practice-based talk will also explore the opportunities this method presents not only to produce a translation that captures the rhythm of the source text, but also to engage the embodied cultural capital of the performer as co-translator, thus avoiding the trap of "stage nationalities" and suggesting a new paradigm for the portrayal of complex and contemporary European identities on London stages.

Chaired by Eva Daníčková (Dramaturgs' Network)