A Learning Lab Workshop & Performance
In association with: Live Art Development Agency, Unit 7, Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, London E95EN
Performer: Zlata Camdzic
Written and Devised by: Zlata Camdzic & Anna Ehnold-Danailov
Director: Anna Ehnold-Danailov
A Learning Lab focusing on the one-woman show ‘Welcome to Dreamland’ written and devised by Zlata Camdzic and Anna Ehnold-Danailov. Combining physical theatre and spoken word, this show gives embodied voice to very recent practices of gender violence and the contradictions and mechanisms of asylum.
Powerfully evoked by Zlata Camdzic in a bold and deeply intimate performance, this work ambitiously weaves the personal and the macro political. It encourages audiences to engage with the history of international human rights, not as detached, abstract ideals but ethical principles determining – more urgently than ever before – what it means today to be truly humane and British.
This Lab reflected on previous performances of ‘Welcome to Dreamland’ by Camdzic together with a series of ongoing developments: the current show’s expansion to 45-mins through the evolution of the central character’s story, in addition to a more focused integration of the discourse of human rights. Also the potenial to bulid an educational and social engagement programme targeting diverse spaces and audiences, including local theatres, arts centers, museums, schools, advocacy organisations, community groups and aspects of the media.
Zlata Camdzic has been involved in making theatre for over twenty years; starting in her native country Bosnia and Herzegovina and continuing in the UK. Her background is in classical acting, but for the last ten years she has worked extensively on devised and collaborative theatre. She received an MA in Performing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and holds a BA in English and Theatre Studies.Zlata is a co founder of a dance/ theatre company PanicLab, working on performances Three Ladies, Three Whores,… And An Uninvited Guest, Perverts and Tuga. Zlata has performed at a number of London venues, including Arcola Theatre, Rich Mix, Camden People’s Theatre as well as taken shows to Edinburgh and Montreal. Her passion is theatre and in particular dealing with human rights, gender and feminist issues.
Anna Ehnold-Danailov received her MA in Directing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama following her BA in Theatre Design at Central Saint Martin’s College. She assisted Polly Teale, (Shared Experience), and ran their youth theatre. Some of her directing work includes: Confessions on Love (Roundhouse), The List (Bush Theatre), Medea Pastiche (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), A Funhouse of Mirrors (Menier Gallery), Flock of Fish (Truman Brewery Brick Lane), Pagan Love Songs for the Uninitiated (Etcetera Theatre), The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Latitude Festival) Meta Morphosis and Beta Morphosis (Cochrane Theatre). Anna is also the founding member of Prams In The Hall, a collective of professional theatre practitioners who support parents in the arts.