[csaa-forum] Paper Tigers: new forum for discussion in Melbourne

John Tebbutt John.Tebbutt at latrobe.edu.au
Tue Apr 3 12:30:16 CST 2012

Apologies for cross-posting:

Paper Tigers is pleased to announce that we are going to resume our
series of postgraduate research talks in April.

Our speakers and dates will be (please check below for detailed

# Saumya Liyanage, actor and theatre scholar:   April 11th 2012 - 7pm

# Manoch Chumm, media practitioner and scholar: May 9th 2012 - 7pm

# Steinar Ellingsen, journalist and media scholar: date tbc

Venue: La Trobe University, City Campus, Franklin St, FS 102

This talk series is conceived as part of a larger proposal to foster
research exchange and networking among postgraduates in the Arts and
Humanities in Melbourne. It is designed to involve interested
in further activities such as curating seminars and panels
as well exploring new formats of online publishing.

The format of the talks is kept open to suit the subject matter. It
currently revolves around screening of film or video content relevant to
the presented research. The presentation includes a brief introduction
to the larger research and its relationship to the displayed media (20
min max.) and is followed by general discussion.

If you want to present your work, just get in touch with us by email:
papertigers at centreforcreativearts.org.au<mailto:papertigers at centreforcreativearts.org.au>.

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Paper Tigers Talks 2012

# Saumya Liyanage: April 11th 2012 - 7pm

Venue: La Trobe University, City Campus, Franklin St, FS 102

Saumya is an actor who has been working in the Sri Lankan theatre and
film industry for two decades. While working as a lecturer at the
Department of Theatre and Drama of the University of the Visual and
Performing Arts, Colombo, Saumya won top national awards for his
performance in theatre and film. Saumya has completed his Master of
Creative Arts degree at Flinders University, South Australia, and is
currently working on his PhD in the Theatre and Drama program at La
Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria. 

Saumya's research interests:

Performer training / Phenomenal body of the actor / Actor learning and
embodiment / body mind theories in acting / phenomenology and the actor
He is currently researching actors in Sri Lankan theatre and how they
experience, embody and cultivate body and mind in acting through
'motley'acting practice.

The Movie:
“The Forsaken Land” (2005, directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara)
“The Forsaken Land” won the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Vimukthi Jayasundara
is a young Sri Lankan filmmaker, who currently lives in Paris. This
movie and its content do not directly represent Saumya's interest in
actors' experience of somatic learning and embodiment. Yet the 
who play the lead roles in this movie, including Saumya himself, have
learnt the craft of acting through various 'motley' methods of acting
training. Saumya wishes to explore these hidden tacit dimensions of
actor knowing.

        Manohla Dargis wrote for the New York Times (June 23, 2006): “Some
films offer up their mysteries openly; others, like the quietly
affecting Sri Lankan film "The Forsaken Land," keep their secrets close,
revealing them gradually shot by shot, scene by scene. Directed and
written by the young Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara, this
fine first feature takes place on a desolate stretch of wind-swept coast
far from the big city and much of anything else that might evoke the
modern world. Here, amid the swaying palms and an occasional pool of
blood, men and women drift through life as if they were ghosts,
casualties of a civil war that hangs over them like a curse.”
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