Göze Saner has been a lecturer in the department since 2007. She has convened and taught on Theatre Making 1, 2, and 3, Performance: Theory/Practice, and occasionally contributes to Analytic Vocabularies and Culture and Performance.
As an undergraduate, Göze studied Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College, USA. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown, Istanbul, and joined Bilsak Tiyatro Atölyesi where she trained, devised and performed for five years. She also performed with Alchera Tiyatro and ran workshops as a freelance actor-trainer at festivals, universities, and cultural centres. In 2004, she came to the UK to begin her practice-based PhD at the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, which culminated in her performance the truth about the tyrant in June 2007 and her PhD thesis, From Tyrant to Clown and Back: An Actor’s Practical Study of Archetype in Performance in 2008.
Göze has trained with The New Winds, led by Iben Nagel Rasmussen of Odin Teatret, with Claudia Contin and Ferrucio Merisi on commedia dell’arte, with Enzo Cozzi on leather mask-making and with Alison Hodge on her clown. Since 2005, she has been working with The Quick and the Dead led by Alison Hodge. Documentation of the group’s work has been published as a DVD-ROM by the Arts Archives, The Quick and the Dead: The Development of Core Training and Performance (Arts Documentation Unit: 2007).
In 2005, Göze founded her company, cafila aeterna, www.cafila-aeterna.com. Currently, the company is working on developing a traveling performance in response to the tortoise as archetype.
• archetype and archetypal psychology
• philosophy and performance
• actor-training, specifically
• Stanislavski, Grotowski, Barba
• commedia dell’arte, ancient pantomime, clown
In her practice-based PhD Göze addressed elementary questions such as “What does an actor do?” or “Who is an actor in performance?” through the concept of archetype. Bringing together psychology, mythology, and critical theory, archetype becomes a useful tool in deciphering moments of ‘truthfulness’ in performance and in addressing the indefinable contact between actor and spectator. It provides insight into the organism of the actor as a body, mind, and psyche and offers methodologies of training and acting which seek to trigger psycho-physical processes through which the actor can achieve ‘archetypal moments’ and engage the spectators to partake in them. While archetype is the means by which Göze aims to develop a methodology and a language whereby the actor’s work on herself can be recognized and articulated academically, it also helps demystify and expand upon the Grotowskian approach to acting and training by drawing links with popular forms of performance such as ancient pantomime, commedia dell’arte, and clown.
The truth about the tyrant focused on the archetype of the tyrant and explored notions of physical action, character, space, score, and the relationship between actor and spectator while weaving the journey of a clown/tyrant in a solo promenade performance. In 2010, Göze developed this project further with a group of performers in what happened to the tyrant and explored how an archive of the tyrant can be created through performance
the world rests on a tortoise
Saner, Göze and Hilevaara, Katja. 2009. the world rests on a tortoise. In: "Let’s Murder the Moonshine: 100 Years of Futurism", Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.
Training Grounds: Answer the Questions 'What are your/the tools of training?'
Saner, Göze; Kokkali, Alexia; Walker, Liz and ROBERTS, Brian. 2015. Training Grounds: Answer the Questions 'What are your/the tools of training?'. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 6(3),
Conference or Workshop Item
‘Memory, Performance and Archetype: Sisyphus’ Stone’
Saner, Göze. 2011. '‘Memory, Performance and Archetype: Sisyphus’ Stone’'. In: Camilllo 2.0 PSi-17 Conference. Utrecht, Netherlands.
‘Remembering the Archetype: Mask and the Subtle Body in Ancient Pantomime and Commedia dell’Arte’
Saner, Göze. 2009. '‘Remembering the Archetype: Mask and the Subtle Body in Ancient Pantomime and Commedia dell’Arte’'. In: 33rd Comparative Drama Conference, Loyola Marymount University. California, United States.
‘Iconography in Training and Performance: A Work-Demonstration’
Saner, Göze. 2006. '‘Iconography in Training and Performance: A Work-Demonstration’'. In: The Body’ in the Reception of Ancient Drama, 6th Annual Postgraduate Symposium, Oxford University and Royal Holloway. University of London, United Kingdom.
‘Archetypal Action in Training: An Exercise in Focus’
Saner, Göze. 2005. '‘Archetypal Action in Training: An Exercise in Focus’'. In: Research Day, Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway. University of London, United Kingdom.
‘The Archetype of Acting, Acting Archetypes: Greek and Roman Pantomime Today’
Saner, Göze. 2005. '‘The Archetype of Acting, Acting Archetypes: Greek and Roman Pantomime Today’'. In: New Perspectives on Ancient Pantomime, APGRD Symposium. Oxford University, United Kingdom.
‘Attuning the Eyes to the Dark: In Search of an Archetypal Mode of Agency in Performance’
Saner, Göze. '‘Attuning the Eyes to the Dark: In Search of an Archetypal Mode of Agency in Performance’'. In: Research Seminars on the Theory, Practice and History of Performance, Goldsmiths, University of London. London, United Kingdom.