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Opera, devising and community: A creative and pedagogical methodology

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Create An Opera! was a fortnightly devising workshop led by the author at Theatre Delicatessen studios in London in 2017‐20. It was free to the general public and attracted participants including both experienced and inexperienced performance practitioners. It aimed to create a safe, inclusive environment for experimentation in writing, composition and collaborative performance. This initiative arose from the author’s interest in challenging the sociopolitical traditions and hierarchical infrastructures associated with opera production. Inspired by the ethos of devised theatre, the workshops created a space for participants to be involved in both creative and performance aspects, working individually and collaboratively. This article presents the pedagogical and creative methodologies informing the delivery of the workshops, focusing on inclusion, collaboration and independent creativity.

Keywords: collaborative practice; community music; devising; music education; opera; pedagogy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of East London and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Publication date: December 1, 2020

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