The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance

at Antonin Artaud Performance Centre

Brunel University, London



Theatre and Resonant Politics

International Conference-Workshop on Theatre Praxis

Saturday, March 23 - Sunday, March 24, 2013

held at the Antonin Artaud Performance Centre


The third ARTAUD FORUM on Theatre and Resonant Politics examines theatre as a site of disciplining bodies towards participation in political regimes - as well as a site in which bodies, resonating with each other, might resist. The lens of corporeal/bodily resonance opens up questions of performance training, spectatorship and affect, which this symposium explores through a series of practical workshops, performances, paper panels, roundtable discussions, and keynote presentations. It brings together international theatre, performance and sound artists, musicians, digital artists, theorists and researchers engaged in creative practices that reflect on major innovative performance traditions of the past century and their impact on current performance knowledge and physical techniques. We invite proposals for presentations that engage with this corporeal-political theme.

Thematic Focus:

'Resonance' in everyday usage implies a quality of 'generating significance': the ability to evoke images, memories, affects and emotions. In acoustics, it implies the intensification of sound, when that sound vibrates sympathetically with its receptor and surrounding objects. A resonant politics, then, might imply a quality of sympathy and receptivity among persons - a mode of being together and being-in-common outside of ideologies. When we resonate with each other we share a commonality that does not do away with individuality and differences.

Recent political events including the 'Arab Spring' and the Occupy movement around the world demonstrate the power and relevance of resonant politics. The sympathetic reverberations of the movements show a sense of commonality that does not rely on identification with political parties, leaders or ideologies. Rather, such events are instances of large-scale corporeal resonance - a sympathetic vibration between the bodies amassed in the public square, the park, the occupied lecture room.

Theatre is an art-form that trades primarily in the shared assembly of bodies, onstage, and in the audience, and is therefore an ideal site to examine resonant politics on a smaller scale. Yet examining resonant politics through theatre and theatrical events also opens up the possibility of the appropriation of resonance by states and nodes of power. The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony with its spectacle of mass-movement called upon the citizenry of the United Kingdom to 'move this way' while simultaneously repressing dissent (the arrests of Critical Mass protestors outside of the stadium gates). -Pageants and military spectacles use the technologies of theatre to create a shared corporeal resonance in the service of national ideals. As a form that brings bodies together, theatre can be seen as a technology of subjectivisation, which disciplines, trains and moulds bodies in common.

The symposium and physical theatre workshop are composed of dialogue and performance practice, intermixed with film screenings, performances and installations.

Curated and organised by Johannes Birringer & Broderick Chow (Brunel University).


For registration and information about campus hotel accommodation, please go here

online registration

or write to or call Janette West at +44 1895 267823



Saturday, March 23

09:30 Registration / Coffee (Artaud Performance Centre)

10:30: Keynote: Sophie Nield, (Royal Holloway, University of London):

'Resonance and Representation: Playing the People in the Public Sphere.'


11:30: Welcome address, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dany Nobus

11:35 - 13:00:

Panel 1: Political Resonance Moderator: Broderick Chow

"Almost Irresponsibly Optimistic": Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment (Stephen Bottoms) :: A Life That Is Not Worth Living: powerlessness as resistance in praxes of political suicide (Eve Katsouraki) :: Soil Depositions (Lynne McCarthy)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 Physical Theatre Lab

: Wrestling and Corporeal Resonance - Politics Between Bodies: Broderick Chow & Tom Wells (The Dangerologists)

Coffee/Tea (Artaud Building Upstairs Foyer)

17:10: Panel 2: Performance and Resonance 1 Moderator: Johannes Birringer

Subway (Andrew Quitmeyer/Ava Ansari) :: Beneath the surface of the event: The politics of affective registers in public space (Victoria Gray) :: From the “Mass Plague” to “Requiem for the End of Love”: voice, lament, and AIDS politics in the first half of the Greek 90's. (Marios Chatziprokopiou) :: Projecting on Der (kommende) Aufstand nach andcompany&Co (Jochem Naafs)


18:30 Reception/Dinner Buffet


Followed by Performances and Film Installations:



A Citizenship Ceremony with a difference... performative archaeology of Colombian migration into London (Luis C. Sotelo)

On Losing One's Shirt (Dangerologists)

Film Installation:

The Revelations of Dr. Kx4l3ndj3r (Jon McKenzie)

In-Finite (Joumana Mourad/IJAD Dance Company)


Sunday, March 24 09:30 Registration/Coffee

10:00 Keynote: Jon McKenzie (University of Wisconsin) : "Remediating Performances"


11:00 Panel 3: Performance and Resonance 2 Moderator: Johannes Birringer

Artaud's Resonances (Johannes Birringer) :: Remediating Performance and Generalized Creativity (Jon McKenzie) :: Collective Revolt: Dance, Disorder and Plague (Kelina Gotman)


13:00 Lunch break

14:00 - 16.30 Physical Theatre Lab: Turning Social Media into Creative Media, conducted by choreographer Joumana Mourad / IJAD Dance Company


16:30 Roundtable Discussion (Moderated by Johannes Birringer and Broderick Chow)

:: Speakers to be invited from the participant collective ::


17:00 Concluding Remarks


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For Participants, go here


The "Workshop Words" // research

will be published on this website along with

audio-visual documents


This event is sponsored by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance and supported by the Brunel School of Arts and Brunel University Graduate School.


All Keynotes and Roundtables are co-produced with dance tech live TV and streamed online as well as archived.



The Centre broadcasts selected Performance Research Seminars and the ASRTAUD FORUM live from the Brunel Drama Studio or Artaud Performance Centre - making them available to anyone in the world interested in the subject. Johannes Birringer and Marlon Barrios Solano are co-producing the talks and discussions as live webcasts webcast live on dance tech net TV . The partnership between the Centre and dance-techTV, is an experiment in collaborative video broadcasting (the channel is dedicated to interdisciplinary explorations of the performance of movement. The channel allows worldwide 24/7 linear broadcasting of selected programs, LIVE streaming and Video On-demand). This channel is powered by, and is enveloped within, a donation based platform. DAPLabTV will participate in the new META-ACADEMY project.

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Konnecting Gestures

Helenna Ren in DAP-Lab rehearsal with camera and Kinect interface (c) DAP-Lab 2011

International Conference-Workshop on Performance and Sound Technologies

March 30 - April 1, 2012

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The World from within and without

(in memoriam Kazuo Ohno)

Yumi Sagara and Biyo Kikuchi (Maison Artaud, Tokyo) performing at Artaud Performance Centre, West London

April 4-5, 2011

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(c) 2013 The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance, Johannes Birringer (acting director)