2023 EJ Pratt lecture
Location: LSPU Hall
Sun, 26 Mar 2023 20:00:35 NDT - Sun, 26 Mar 2023 21:30:39 NDT
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English are thrilled to announce that Peter Balkwill, co-founder of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop in Calgary, will be giving the 2023 Pratt Lecture.
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop is an avant-garde collective whose puppetry recalls that of Czech greats like Jiri Trinka: astonishing, inventive, subversive, hilarious work. The Trouts' shows include The Unlikely Birth of Istvan and Famous Puppet Death Scenes, which has been touring Europe for the past few months and getting rave reviews.
Peter is also an assistant professor at the University of Calgary in the School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Co-Artistic Curator of the Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary, Alberta.
The 2023 lecture
Balkwill's lecture will focus on the collaborative process through which we discover our singular stories. It argues that sharing oral traditions is the best means to blaze pathways to performance.
Every day we tell stories, and listen to them, in countless exchanges with people in all walks of life. Not all of the stories we tell are ours. Our stories are raised up from the communities that are our people, and they are added to the words that end up making us who we are.
How do we find the ones that let us land here and now?