Training for Immersive, Interactive and Participatory Performance

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I am proud to announce the publication of  a special issue of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training that I’ve edited.  The issue looks at the ways in which performance training has responded to rise of interactive, immersive and participatory aesthetics in performance.  It includes an article that I’ve written about connecting techniques associated with the Stanislavskian tradition of acting to the aesthetics of live art and interactive performance.

Check it out here: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtdp20/9/2

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Philomela and her Sisters

 

A few pictures from Philomela and her Sisters, which was commissioned for this year’s Theatre Without Borders conference at the University of Hull.  The piece sought to explore and critique the treatment of female characters in Classical and Renaissance revenge tragedy.  It connects dialogues surrounding #MeToo and #TIMESUP to a selection of works from the Western literary canon.  (Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Euripides’ Hecabe and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.)  I am pleased to say that it will be back in Hull in late September.

Performers: Catherine Marsh, Caitlin McPhilemy, Kira Curtis, Sophie Stones.

Projection Mapping: Ed Denning.

Sound Design and Live-mixing: Jamie Nowell

Dramaturgy: Christian Billing.

Direction and Design: Campbell Edinborough

Photos courtesy of Cat Fergusson-Baugh

 

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How To Look

My new solo piece How To Look will be presented as part of ‘Hold Everything Dear: Performance, Politics and John Berger’, at the Bathway Theatre, University of Greenwich on 14th April.  Inspired by the writings of John Berger, it integrates dance and spoken text to reflect on the complexities of looking and be looked at.

 

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Excavating Titus Andronicus

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An image of Kelsey Burns and me during research and development at NYU in the spring.  The project was looking at the how we might use somatic practices and contemporary performance aesthetics to stage/adapt/appropriate Titus Andronicus. I’m excited to say that I’ll be developing this work further with Christian Billing in 2018 at the University of Hull.  We’re making a mash up of Ovid, Titus and Hecuba to present to the esteemed folk from Theatre Without Borders.

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Training for Immersive, Interactive and Participatory Performance

I am editing a special issue of the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, focusing on training for immersive, interactive and participatory performance.  The deadline for proposals for articles and essays is the 30th of November.

http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/ah/theatre-dance-and-performance-training-call-for-papers

 

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Theatrical Reality

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I’m happy to say that my monograph, Theatrical Reality: Space, Embodiment and Empathy, is out now, published by Intellect.  It’s been a long time in the pipeline.  Looking forward to hearing what people think.  (Don’t mention the typos.)

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Talk at St Edmund Hall’s Centre for the Creative Brain

On Saturday 14th May I will be giving a talk in Oxford at St Edmund Hall’s Centre for the Creative Brain.  I’ll be talking about how theatre makers might draw on research from the field of neuroscience to shape their thinking about training and aesthetics.

https://www.seh.ox.ac.uk/about-college/perceiving-presence-theatre-liveness-and-brain

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