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Playwright Workshop: Writing With Other Language

Publicerat: 25.01.2019 Kategori: Aktuellt
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Ti 26.3.2019 klo 10.00-16.00 Koneen Kamari (Tehtaankatu 21 b, 5 krs. Helsinki)

“More and more my own language appears to me like a veil that must be torn apart in order to get at the things (or the Nothingness) behind it.”
– Samuel Beckett

Beckett says that he began to write in French because he wanted to get away from his mother tongue, from the mental habits it forced on him. Does mastery of art necessarily lead to losing it? How is absolute control and familiarity with one’s instrument – the language – affecting one’s observance, one’s ability to shift perspectives and rethink topics? Is there a connection between giving up one’s fluency and giving up privileges? And in a competitive art industry that sanctifies perfectionism and virtuosity, is the unlearning of the language a political act?

Sivan Ben Yishai is a award-winning playwright and theatre director living in Germany, originally from Israel. She has written most of her plays in English, not in her native language. It’s her first time in Finland as she comes to have this playwright workshop on Writing with other language than your own. A link to her webpage:

Send a committed registration with an informal, short motivation letter (max 250 words) in English by Feb 27th 2019 to There’s room for 15 workshop participants whom are chosen by the motivation letters. The workshop will be held in English.

There’s also an informal get-together for playwrights after the workshop.

The workshop is organized together with Teksti, UNO, Labbet & Tinfo.

More info: or +358405706570