A dramaturg at work (in orange boots).
Courtesy to dramaturgs Anna Wagner and Nele Beinborn (Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm), photo Gabriel Poblete
aboutThis picture perfectly captures the work of a dramaturg, which is strongly characterized by flexibility. As Bojana Kunst notes, 'as a participant in the process, the dramaturg can occupy a variety of roles: those of practical dramaturg, producer, festival director, stage manager, writer, journalist, teacher, workshop leader, coach, lecturer, academic, artist, dancer, production network member, cultural politics advisor, mentor, friend, compass, memory, fellow traveller, mediator, psychologist. The complexity of the dramaturg's profession - the affective ability to move between theoretical reflection and practical knowledge, to be an external eye and an involved participant at the same time - is often too hastily reduced to a sort of aesthetic elusiveness.'
Bojana Kunst, 'The Economy of Proximity: Dramaturgical Work in Contemporary Dance.' Performance Research 14.3 (September 2009): 81-88.