Doctoral Dissertation 2008
STORIES IN THE
ARTISTIC PROCESS OF THEATRE-
My dissertation concentrates on the artistic process of theatre-
The dissertation consists of three parts. In the first, How to illuminate the path, I describe how I became interested in studying theatre processes, and present the research cases and the methodological commitments. I retrieve activities in artistic work in the light of Hannah Arendt´s philosophy. My narrative analysis is based on Hans-
The second part, How to guard the flame, is a research journey through the research cases. The first example, Sadetarinoita (Rainstories), was created in a devising process and was performed at KokoTeatteri, Helsinki.
The second process, based on Jukka Parkkinen´s trilogy, Suvi Kinos ja seitsemän enoa (Suvi Kinos and her seven uncles), took place at Lahti City Theatre. It was the only example that I was not involved in. The third case, Koti (Home), was a madeto-
The cases witness various dimensions that narrativity can acquire in theatre work. Emerging discoveries create discussion between the cases, too. Possibilities and obstacles in the artistic work of theatre-
In the third part, On the borders of theatre and narratives, I analyse the plot of my dissertation process by presenting the fourth case, Dreaming in a hammock – overwhelming motion in the mind. It started in the research process and brought into it a dimension of artistic research. I also discuss my transforming theatre-
Narratives emerge as multiple means in artistic processes. They nourish and guide the collaboration of the working groups and act as a means to develop the artist’s self-
When peering at the landscape that the research process has created and opened up, I suggest finally that a narrative perspective on reality should be considered as the ground and place for encountering collective theatre work and artistry, as well as the ground of theatre life itself – of thinking, reflecting on, and discussing theatre.