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Interdisciplinary Performance Research Laboratories and Lectures 2019-20

Fall Series: October/November 2019, on Wednesdays, 5pm - 6:30 pm, Drama Studio - Gaskell Building, Brunel University London`

On & On Workshop performance of The Golden Dragon, Hong Kong 2016 Photo: Cheung Chi Wai.

Wednesday  October 9, 2019

17:oo- 18:3o

Drama Studio, Gaskell Hall

Gavin Thatcher (Theatre, Brunel University)

"Performance and the Corporeal Voice"

Gavin Thatcher is a Birmingham-based theatre maker, workshop leader, lecturer and researcher in the area of the body, movement and dramaturgy. He is currently reading for a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London on dramaturgical practice in contemporary British dance-theatre. In 2015, he was part of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Foundry Programme for emerging artists, where he was mentored by Alexander Zeldin and Caroline Horton. Gavin is interested in making work with untrained bodies, and recently assisted acclaimed French theatre director, Mohamed El Khatib, working with over 50 football supporters on stage. Prior to joining the Theatre Department at Brunel, Gavin was a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, De Montfort University Leicester, and University of Wolverhampton. He has also worked extensively as a theatre-maker, and is currently developing a collection of three works exploring neurological trauma. The first two pieces: Grey Matter and The Prisoner's Cinema have been supported by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and MAC Birmingham. .

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October 23, 2019

17:oo- 18:3o

Drama Studio, Gaskell Hall

Alan Sondheim (filmmaker/musician, Providence, Rhode Island)

Avatar Dance, by Alan Sondheim

"Somatic Ghosting"

Alan Sondheim's books include the anthology Being on Line: Net Subjectivity (1997), Disorders of the Real (1988), .echo (2001), Vel (Blazevox, 2004-5), Sophia (Writers Forum, 2004), The Wayward (2004),[4] and "Writing Under" (2012),[5] as well as numerous other chapbooks, ebooks, and articles. Sondheim has long been associated with the Trace online writing community, and was their second virtual-writer-in-residence. His video and filmwork have been widely shown. Sondheim was an Eyebeam resident. He co-moderates several email lists, including Cybermind, Cyberculture and Wryting. Since 1994, he has been working on the "Internet Text," a continuous meditation on philosophy, psychology, language, body, and virtuality. His artwork can also be found within Second Life.[9] In 1996 he was keynote speaker for the Cybermind96 Conference in Perth Western Australia - one of the world's first conferences specifically organised around an email discussion list. In 2012 he was a presenter and active participant at the CyPosium, a one-day online symposium on cyberformance. Sondheim is the developer of the concept of codework wherein computer code itself becomes a medium for artistic expression. His poetico-philosophical writings deal with the notion of embodiment and presence in cyberspace, loosely based on the work of postmodern philosophers Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida. He explores notions of the 'abject' in the masculine and feminine online, and more recently has dealt with the machinic using the language of computer code to articulate novel forms of identity in cyberspace. His work crosses over between philosophical explorations and sound poetry and more recently he has returned to the language of music using the tonalities of a wide range of ethnic instruments. His poetry has spanned several decades ranging from avant guard beat poetry and stream-of-consciousness of the late 60's and 70's and soundscape poetry, maturing into a complex melding of multiple representational forms.

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November 13, 2019

17:oo- 18:3o

Drama Studio, Gaskell Hall

Kareem Khubchandani (Theatre, Tufts University (USA)

"B1nary C0des: Dancing Dichotomies in Bangalore's Gay Nightlife"

This talk draws on ethnographic research conducted between 2009 and 2013 in Bangalore for the presenter's forthcoming book, Ishtyle: Improvising Gay South Asian Nightlife , which explores how middle and upper class professional men negotiate intimacy under conditions of displacement, migration, and labor contingency. “Binary codes” plays on the lingua franca of information technology, and gestures to moral anxieties produced in light of India’s rise as a global IT capital. Political and economic changes exacerbate binarized categories and logics (East | West; Indian | foreign; male | female; gay | straight). In Bangalore, the association of bar and club nightlife with westernness, the repeated discursive production of gay men as "techies," and the perpetual abjection of gayness as un-Indian creates urgent stakes for queer Indian men to think about how they style and move their bodies in nightlife spaces. This talk describe how queer dancers choreograph their bodies in gay party spaces, to show that their small refusals, misfires, and elisions make for a queer habitus that is less bifurcated by gender, race, and nationality.

Kareem Khubchandani is Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University. Kareem is developing several book projects include: Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (forthcoming, U. Michigan Press), Queer Nightlife (co-edited with Kemi Adeyemi and Ramón Rivera-Servera), and Auntologies: Queer Aesthetics and South Asian Aunties. Kareem has published in Scholar and Feminist Online; Transgender Studies Quarterly ; Theater Topics; and Theatre Journal. Kareem holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and previously served as the inaugural Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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November 27, 2019

17:oo- 18:3o

Drama Studio, Gaskell Hall

Anna Semenova Ganz (Universität Hamburg

Performer Elena Drozdova interacts with objects durimng actuation of performance installation, Moscow CCI Fabrika. Ph: Peter Chumakov.

Anna Semenova-Ganz is an artist, dramaturg, and movement researcher. She studied Media Communication at Moscow State University and Performance Studies at Hamburg University. Anna creates her works with combined genres of performance, public art, media art and choreography, inviting spectators to be a part of the group research process, which she facilitates. Her works are focused on the relation between the space, the body and the objects, they were performed in city-spaces, theatre stages, and museum white cubes. In the center of her artistic research there are identity issues, post-soviet body, body politics and the creation of the new spaces. Her chapter “Objects that Choreograph Us – Notes on Movement-research at an old Soviet Summerhouse,” appeared in the just published anthology Tanz der Dinge/Things that dance, ed. Johannes Birringer & Josephine Fenger, Bielefeld: transcript 2019.

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Winter Series 2019-20 - on Wednesdays, 5pm - 6:30 pm, Drama Studio - Gaskell Building, Brunel University London

January 22, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Drama Studio, Gaskell Hall

"“Performativity of things and their material regimes”

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February 5, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Drama Studio, Gaskell Hall

to be announced

February 19, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Drama Studio, Gaskell Hall

Larissa de Oliveira Neves (Professor of Theory and Literay History, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brasil)

El Periférico de Objetos

“Outsider Theatre”

From the project description of a joint research venture involving Larissa de Oliveira Neves and Grant Peterson:

From sacred to profane practices within communities, and from street revelry to the popular stage, many forms of theatrical performance developed outside of official forms of recognition in Brazil and beg more in-depth critical attention for generating influence over many regions in the country. In this respect, the ongoing Fapesp-funded project challenges traditional understandings of established Brazilian genres of performance as well as postcolonial legacies of Portuguese and broader European influences that shaped Brazil’s cultural histories. The contributions and interchanges between African, Iberian and Indigenous cultures importantly contributed to Brazilian theatre and performance in ways that dialogue dynamically with what are commonly considered the ‘more lettered arts’ in Brazil.


March 4, 2012

17:oo- 18:3o

Drama Studio, Gaskell Hall

Emily Wilcox (Professor of Modern Chinese Studies/Director of Graduate Studies in the Dept of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan)

book cover of Revolutionary Bodies

“Post/Revolutionary Bodies”

Emily Wilcox is Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a specialist in Chinese dance and performance culture, with broader interests in twentieth-century global history, transnationalism, gender, and social movements. Dr. Wilcox received national research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2014-2015 and the Social Science Research Council in 2016-2017. She has published more than fifteen journal articles and book chapters, both in English and Chinese, in leading publications in Asian studies, dance studies, and performance studies. Her first book, Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy , published by the University of California Press, was awarded the 2019 de la Torre Bueno Prize® from the Dance Studies Association. Based on more than ten years of ethnographic and archival research, it is the first primary source-based English-language history of dance in the People’s Republic of China and a foundational book for the emerging field of Chinese dance studies. Dr. Wilcox has been the leading faculty collaborator for the Chinese Dance special collection at the University of Michigan Asia Library, the basis for an original exhibition she co-curated in 2017, titled Chinese Dance: National Movements in a Revolutionary Age, 1945-1965. Dr. Wilcox is co-editor of the forthcoming book anthology Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia (University of Michigan Press, expected 2020), and she is at work on a second monograph about leftist inter-Asian dance during the early Cold War..

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