Hiroko Tsuchimoto

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Performance workshop at Bag Factory Artists Studios', Johannesburg, South Africa (April 2018), The Market Theatre Laboratory, Johannesburg, South Africa (April 2018)
Photo: Solomon Moremong
Final presentation by workshop participants: Bongekile Nguza, Myer Taub, Isabella Chydenius, Anthea Pokroy, Bathusi Maqina, Carolyn Massey, Luella Jacobs

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to become more aware of the modalities of emotion through physical and conversational exercises. We investigate the subjects of individual/group feeling, meta-emotions, emotional performativity, (limits of) empathy, and (non-) existence of collective emotions. We also discuss topics including identity, sense of belonging, mob mentality, mass-panic, group-based shame, membership guilt, etc. The workshop leader navigates the participants toward creating intimate conversations and collaborations and carrying out group performances. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate critical observation of the participants' own emotions and performativities and to give them sufficient confidence to present public performances.