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Artist Talk & Workshop: Dialoguing With Those Who Are Absent with Guy Cools

  • Dance Limerick Performance Space (St.John's church) John's Square Limerick Limerick (map)

Talk and Workshop
Tickets: €5
Please note if you are attending this talk and workshop you are invited to bring a small object that reminds you of the absent person you intend to dialogue with.

Based on his ongoing research how the Greek moiroloi (lamentations) can be used as a template to look at contemporary art practices that deal with mourning and grief, Guy Cools will offer a short lecture and workshop in creative writing.

The living, oral tradition of the moiroloi is not only used to mourn the death, but the same, improvised songs are also used in the context of weddings (to say goodbye to the bride leaving her family) or to dialogue with those who are in exile (Greek: xenitia).

The moiroloi are by nature theatrical and dramatic in the way the singer addresses the absent person and temporarily lends him her voice to answer back: a widow talks to her husband, a mother to her married daughter, a corpse to its own ‘tired body’. In the lecture and workshop we will explore the antiphonic structure of the Greek laments to dialogue with those who are absent in our own lives.

The lecture/workshop will also be used to introduce and frame the work of the Canadian visual artist, Laura Taler, who will present a lecture/performance about her work directly after this lecture and workshop.


Guy Cools is a dance dramaturge. Recent positions include Associate Research Professor at the research institute Arts in Society of the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, and Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, where he finished a practice-based PhD on the relationship between dance and writing. He has worked as a dance critic, artistic programmer, and policymaker for dance in Flanders. He now dedicates himself to production dramaturgy, contributing to work by choreographers all over Europe and Canada. He regularly lectures and publishes, and has developed a series of workshops that aim to support artists and choreographers in their creative process. With the Canadian choreographer, Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice ‘Rewriting Distance’ that focuses on the integration of movement, voice, and writing.