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Performing Research event, Birmingham, 4 July

Started by Ed McKeon Jun 11. 0 Replies

BOOOM! Making Research Memorable is an event held at Birmingham City University on behalf of Midlands 3 Cities.It’s not just what you have to say, but how you say it that counts. Whether speaking at…Continue

Staging Moral Philosophy

Started by Matthew Hood. Last reply by Daniel W. Christmann Mar 15. 2 Replies

'Theatre was born out of a universal, irresistible attraction to the new and extraordinary, a desire to feel oneself put into a state of passion'.(Friedrich Schiller).Can our attraction to the "new"…Continue

Tags: Philosophy, Audience, Studies, Theory, Moral

Interested in Nancy?

Started by Claire Maria Chambers. Last reply by Bernard Roddy Mar 5. 1 Reply

This is just a general shout-out to see if I can connect with any other PP scholars interested in the work of Jean-Luc Nancy, especially his A Finite Thinking and Being Singular Plural. I'm working…Continue


Started by Laura Cull. Last reply by Antanas Obcarskas Jan 22. 19 Replies

The current version of the Performance Philosophy bibliography (which appears on the 'TEXTS' page of this website) is very much a work in progress.As it stands, it is clearly very partial and heavily…Continue

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State of Encounter

Posted by Chris Frias on July 20, 2015 at 15:49 0 Comments

Cuando nadie pregunta qué es Estado de Encuentro lo que viene a mí es una decepción en lo que hacemos. Pero eso respondería el por qué mas no el qué.

Encontrar algo/alguien/alguno que satisfaga lo qué somos se vuelve más complicado en lo que…


Impossible Theatres

Posted by Hannah Lammin on April 15, 2015 at 11:00 0 Comments

The Impossible Theatres project intends to gather together a range of opinions on how best to contextualize, theorize and ultimately construct contemporary performance spaces. Below is an opening statement intended to initiate this process and we invite you to respond to it. Responses can be in the form of an open forum for comments, and a private channel for longer and more considered responses. The intention is to collate responses and to invite respondents to a working group meeting…


ORNAMENTING (force) an ECOLOGY of TRUST (form): Exploring Force and Form through Performance /Performativity

Posted by Elisabeth Belgrano on April 12, 2015 at 22:24 0 Comments

23 April, 2015, 


Faculty of Fine, Applied And Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg

 "Let them burn down the library in Alexandria. There are powers above and beyond papyri.…


63 variations on the body — Open call for Composers

Posted by AMAE/DEPINTO on March 31, 2015 at 12:32 0 Comments


63 variations on the body — Open call for Composers

deadline September 30th, 2015

After the launch of the project on Soundcloud, featuring Jean-Luc Nancy’s recorded voice reading his…



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VestAndPage. Balada Corporal I: Solid Body Emotional Body

BALADA CORPORAL - Part I: SOLID BODY, EMOTIONAL BODYTRAMPOLIM_ Platform for Live Art, curated by Marcus Vinicius.Homero Massena GalleryVitoria, Brazil2011BALADA CORPORAL is VestAndPage's 2010-11Performance cycle, consisting of four parts.It has been…
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"I am really looking forward to the TaPRA conference in Worcester.  It looks like a good lineup of topics. Jim"
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THEATRUM MUNDI 6 - THEATRE OF THE POLITICAL MIND - "The performing mind: the politics of the self and the other" at Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik (IUC)

September 7, 2015 to September 12, 2015
The course covers wide variety of topics dealing with theatrical, philosophical, cultural, political issues, as well as issues in the field of cognitive studies.We are exploring:  identity politics and political consciousness,topics connected to performing genderdynamics of self identity and cultural identitythe politics of self-determination and self-determination disputes of political groupsidentity and political participationpolitical discourse genres, their structure and their performative…See More
Sibila Petlevski commented on Eve Katsouraki's group TaPRA Theatre Performance & Philosophy
"Dear Eve, dear Tony,  congratulations on your TAPRA project and the scheme of your September conference. I am particularly interested in Science & Performance methodological questions. I am a full professor at the Academy of Dramatic…"
Sibila Petlevski joined Eve Katsouraki's group

TaPRA Theatre Performance & Philosophy

The focus of the group’s activity is the examination of any aspect of theatre and performance through philosophical frameworks. Ever since Aristotle’s Poetics in the West, and Natyashastra in what is now South Asia, philosophy has played a major role in relation to theatre, both in explaining the phenomena associated with theatre and in influencing theatre practice and theory. Besides examining the often overlooked historical links between philosophy and theatre in the works and plays of given…See More
Sibila Petlevski joined Stuart Grant's group

Phenomenology of Performance

Group for phenomenology in of as or about the study and or practice of performanceSee More
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Theatre and Philosophical Principles

Theatre practitioners have often underpinned their training and performance practices with principles. Those principles can often be defined and described as being philosophical in nature and focus. Obvious names are Grotowski, Gordon-Craig, Suzuki and Artaud, to name but a few.This group explores theatrical practices based around or culminating in philosophical principles, which often begin not as philosophy, but rather emerge from theatrical practice itself.See More
Sibila Petlevski joined Jonas Tinius's group

Anthropology and Performance

This group seeks to focus and foster conversations by and about the relation between anthropology and performance. This can be in the form of anthropology as performance, performance as anthropology, or anthropology of performances or the performative. It could also be used to exchange literature, information about upcoming events, and general discussion. See More
Sibila Petlevski joined Anthony Gritten's group


This group is interested in the multiple relationships between music, performance, and philosophy. No particular methodology or intellectual tradition is emphasised: the purpose of the group is to further the understanding of philosophy in, and as music performance, and of music performance as philosophy.See More
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