Stefan Aquilina

The project revolves around how a specific element of actor training, namely the technique known as ‘magic “if”‘, derived from Stanislavsky’s System, is taught by different theatre cultures.

The idea is to use the training of this common element to draw differences but also recurrent issues in cross-cultural theatre training. The project has the dual advantage of not looking both ‘inwards’, towards current performance issues, but also ‘outwards’, to include broader matters pertaining to 21stcentury cultural hybridity.

Its main creative concept is in the application of actor training as an example of ‘cultural transmission’, namely the study of how cultural practices are transformed when transmitted across cultures. 

Supported by the Malta Arts Fund - Research Support Grant.