In cooperation with Malmö Theatre Academy, Lund University, Sweden and Institute of Philosophy, the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Self and Imitation


Workshop in Theory and Practice

Praha, 1.-2. April 2017

   self and imitation

What is the role of repetition and imitation in the actor’s work, and how does this relate to the artist’s individual experience and self-expression? What is the role of repetition and quotation in theoretical reflection, and how does this relate to one’s own experience and originality? Shall we conceive of imitation as a sign of “non-authenticity”, or is it an unavoidable and even fruitful aspect of human action? The program investigates the issue of being authentic and imitation through practical exercises – on the bodily, gestural, verbal and mental level – as well as thorough discussion and formulation of theoretical implications of the practical work. The exercises in the workshop are built on observing, imitating and quoting bodily as well as textual material.

Participants: The number of participants is limited to 15. Theoretically as well as practically based participants are welcome. No special skills or knowledge are required. In case of your interest, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before March 20, 2017.


Organizers: The workshop is held in English by:

Kent Sjöström (Malmö Theatre Academy, Lund University, Sweden), Doc. in Fine Arts in Theatre, researcher and lecturer. Area of focus: mouvement, enaction, reflective practice in acting and arts, methodology in artistic research.

Alice Koubová (Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), PhD in philosophy, senior researcher, lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Area of focus: performance philosophy, theory of self-identity, phenomenology. Practitioner in ludic theatre. 

Venue: KATAP, Tržiště 5, AMU