Moving Performers, Travelling Performance (session 3)


The Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC)
and the
Geography Department at Royal Holloway University of London


Date: 25 February 2010 (session 3)

‘Moving Performers, Travelling Performance’

Three roundtable discussions on the theme of ‘Moving Performers, Travelling Performance’ aim to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue on the movement of performers, their practices, and their artefacts. By considering how performers negotiate stylistic, linguistic, cultural, and geopolitical borders from a range of perspectives, these events will examine the implications of mobility for questions of difference. Such discussion can encompass how performance can stabilise or rework conceptualisations of identity, performance, place, and cultural practice when it travels into different geographical contexts. The social and cultural norms of these contexts can themselves shape the meaning and form of performative praxis, rendering performers and their work resonant, subversive, or irreverent. Issues of directionality, itinerancy, and stasis also force consideration of the wider processes and power relationships that impact on questions of movement, and the cultural encounters or exchanges that are (per)formed as a result. Each roundtable will explore such issues through a moderated question and answer session with three speakers, followed by a broader discussion with the audience. All events will be held in the Geography Department, The Queen’s Building, in Room Q170 at 5.15-7pm


Dr Amanda Rogers, Dr Shzr Ee Tan, Dr Estelle Castro
moderator Dr Matthew Cohen








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