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The Performance Research Group is pleased to announce Performing from, a series of dialogues on origin and otherwise, curated by Georgina Guy.

Progressing from positions and adoptions of ‘speaking as’, Performing from suggests an alternative initiation for expression and performance. Opening out from somewhere else, this series of discussions takes ‘from’ at its word, employing this term as a point of departure from which thinking and enactment might develop.  Indicating the starting-point in a series, or statement of limitations, ‘from’ raises questions of distinction, separation, privation and deliverance.  It asks from where we come, from where our actions derive and with what sort of origin our words are signed.

Denoting departure or an act of leaving behind, ‘from’ has implications of designation and belonging, of escape and accessibility. Our journeys begin ‘from’; our views are presented ‘from’; in performance and in the theatre we encounter scenes and stories ‘from’.  This series of four dialogues addresses origin and the currency or otherwise of being ‘from’ in relation to performance.  The events ask ‘from’ where performance is conjured and if and why this matters, interrogating the alternative kinds of ‘fromness’ which performance might imagine.

'Performing from'

1. Monday, 11 February 2013 - Performing from the Back of the Pack: Endurance Running, Performance and Humanness
Gregg Whelan (Lone Twin and King's College London) and David Williams (Royal Holloway)

2. Monday 18 February 2013 - Performing fromness: On being from Leeds or thereabouts
Joe Kelleher (Roehampton) and Georgina Guy (King’s College London)

3. Monday 4 March 2013 - Performing from Home: Playing Irish
Aoife Monks (Birkbeck) and Mary Ann Bolger (Dublin Institute of Technology)

4. Monday 18 March 2013 - Performing from Myth: sites of instigation/points of departure
Julia Bardsley and Theron Schmidt (King’s College London)

All events commence at 18.30hrs and will be followed by a wine reception
in the Anatomy Museum, Room K6.29

About the Performance Research Group

Performance Research at King’s College London takes a ‘broad spectrum’ approach to the study of performance. The group’s members are involved in research in theatre, dance, and live art, as well as in performances operating within a wide range of disciplines, social contexts, and systems.

The Anatomy Theatre and Museum provides a state of the art home for theatre and performance research at King’s. The space features a digitally equipped i-lab and performance studio, and is the studio for the internationally recruiting MA Theatre and Performance Studies, as well as for the Centre for e-Research.

Members of staff at King’s involved in the Performance Research Group include:

Kélina Gotman
Alan Read
Theron Schmidt
Lara Shalson
• Gregg Whelan, AHRC Creative Fellow 2010-15

PhD students affiliated with the group include:

• Ioli Andreadi
• Caroline Goyder (on study leave)
• Sophie Lally
• Alvin Lim (joint PhD with National University of Singapore)
• Nina Mühlemann
• Kaitlyn Regehr

Prospective PhD students interested in pursuing performance research at King’s are invited to contact any of our members.

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