Over the last years Sarma has evolved from an online platform for dance criticism to a laboratory for discourse, research, dramaturgy and creation in the field of dance and beyond. To further develop Sarma’s new function as a laboratory and to enhance the bounds with the Brussels dance community, Sarma joined forces with WorkSpaceBrussels, which offers residencies and production support for young artists in dance and performance. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Sarma and WorkSpaceBrussels are collaborating on organizing a variety of dramaturgical practices and on facilitating contexts for the Brussels dance community to meet and exchange.
Open dramaturgy refers to the idea that communal and collaborative contexts like laboratoria, salons and workshops have an as important impact on the artistic process as the one-to-one relation between dramaturge and artist.
VoiceLab (April 2010). The first Open Dramaturgy lab in collaboration with WorkSpace Brussels, organized by Myriam Van Imschoot. In preparation, a smaller lab on sound editing was organized in February 2010.
Slowing down the process of disappearance. A small lab on documentation with the walk+talk project of Philipp Gehmacher and Alexander Schellow at the Kaaistudio's in Brussels (March 2011).
Popela’s Paralipomena, a lab on scores, experimental writing and collective discursive practices curated by Jeroen Peeters (Nov. 2011).
Dilettantism unbounded, a lab on conducting through images with Jennifer Lacey and Die Unbändigen (June 2012).
Physical dramaturgy - Backtracking with Martin Nachbar & Jeroen Peeters (June 2011)
Against the interdisciplinary with DD Dorvillier and David Bergé (September 2011)
Playing Dilettant Dramaturge, or What Criteria for What Purpose? with Jennifer Lacey (June 18-22, 2012)
Talking ahead of one's thoughts with Sarah Vanhee (October 15-19, 2012)
In 2011 Sarma set up a ‘dramaturgical pool’, consisting of dramaturges with varying age, experience and backgrounds. We welcome professional dramaturges who already have a long-standing career, but also interns who like to get more experience in the field. The residents at WorkSpaceBrussels can turn to this pool when in need of dramaturgical assistance or feedback, and in parallel we bring artists and dramaturges together to reflect on the manifold practices of dramaturgy as such.