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Center for Contemporary and Digital Performance

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Interdisciplinary Performance Research Laboratories and Lectures 2020-21

Autumn Series 2020, on Wednesdays, 5pm - 6:30 pm [Zoom Online]

November 11, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

Mariza Dima

(Games Design, Brunel University )

Sutton House Stories

"Affective Dramaturgy in Immersive Cultural Heritage"

Mariza will address dramaturgical challenges for her on-going work on Sutton House Stories, a project through which she explores affective storytelling for situated learning in the cultural heritage context using smart glass Augmented Reality (AR). The project looks at cultural heritage sites as opposed to museums that hold collections of objects. The reason for this is that heritage sites are physical/theatrical places that incorporate both tangible and intangible heritage, they are the holders not only of the physical structure but also of the stories that happened in their grounds, and they offer an incredibly immersive experience, even without any digital technology. The stories that surround a historic site offer a rich playground to design affective narrative. Mariza and her partners collaborate on the project with National Trust - Sutton House, a Tudor house in Hackney and an important place of history in central London. Through this research she is developing a framework for designing smart glass Augmented Reality experiences in the specific context.

Mariza is a Lecturer in Games Design. She specialises in User Experience and User Interface design for developing meaningful and engaging interactions particularly using mobile, AR and haptic technologies. She has worked between academia and the creative industries as an interaction designer and creative technologist in R&D projects combining engineering and design approaches grounded on theoretical contexts of narrative, affective dramaturgy, and audience/player engagement. A keen knowledge hunter, she is often inspired by and experiments playfully with perspectives from different fields that could offer a useful alternative lens on user experience design and then turns them into a tool for designing engaging experiences. Her design approach is holistic and experiential where the designer embeds and immerses herself in a collaborative design process and views it as an educational and transformative experience rather than participating in it as a design expert. She also consults on strategies for devising and developing digital projects and user interactions in the creative industries and has expertise in design methods for collaboration and co-creation.

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November 25, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

Isabelle Choinière

(Chercheure transdisciplinaire postdoctorale, Faculté des arts Université du Québec à Montréal/UQÀM, Canada

Phase #5, by Isabelle Choinière, with dancers Tahni Holt, Juju Kasanagi, Lisa Juju Kasanagi, Lu Yim, Eliza Larson. 2016 © Leila Cassar

"Through the Prism of the Senses”

Isabelle Choinière will present ideas and research experiences grounded in the new book she recently published: Par le prisme des sens : médiations et nouvelles réalitiés du corps dans les arts performatifs. Technologies, cognition et méthodologies émergentes de recherche-création (Presses de l'Université du Québec, Collection Esthétique) - Through the Prism of the Senses: Mediation and New Realities of the Body in Contemporary Performance. Technology, Cognition and Emergent Research-Creation Methodologies (Intellect Books)

Isabelle Choinière is an artist, researcher, author and teacher of new contemporary performative practices, with a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Integrative Arts from Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University, UK (2015). Her main works to date include Communion, Le partage des peaux II (1994-1999); La démence des anges, La mue de l’ange (1999-2005); Meat Paradoxe (2005-2010); Flesh Waves (2013) and Phase #5 (2016 ?), productions that have toured in Europe, Latin America and North America in major festivals, exhibitions and art institutions. They have also been referenced as case studies for research groups in universities around the world. In 2014, she was awarded the Prix Reconnaissance Desjardins 2014 for the innovation of her work. Choinière's research has been published; in English in Intellect Journals, UK (2006, 2013, 2015), the Journal of Transdiciplinary Knowledge Design, Korea (2009), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (2009, 2014); in French in Archée, Quebec and in Revista Repertório, Brazil (2015, 2016, 2017); as well as in Portuguese in CENA and Revista VIS, Brazil (2015, 2017); and activity as a guest chief-editor for a double issue of Technoetic Arts, Intellect Journals, UK (2015). In 2018 and 2019, she will be published in three languages by Intellect Books (UK), Les Presses de l'Université du Québec (Canada) and Ediciones de la Universidad de Caldas (Colombia), a book titled: Through prism of the senses: Mediation and new realities of the body in contemporary performance. Technologies, cognition and emergent research-creation methodologies. She is currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Communications, School of media, and Postdoctoral researcher at the Arts Faculty, at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). In 2017, she will work on the design and implementation of interdisciplinary seminars at the Facultad de Artes, Universidad de Chili. She is a member of international research groups such as HEXAGRAM and Planetary Collegium Research Network.

The recoding will be published soon.

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December 9, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

Kirstine Lindemann

(Composer-Performer, Copenhagen, Denmark)


Kirstine Lindemann performs Between Strings – Installation work for seven strings, amplification, lights and moving instrumentalists, 2020 (left); Robin Hood , premiered in Copenhagen, October 2020

"Between Strings and Hoods”

With a special interest in the body and the movement as compositional material, Lindemann’s work as an instrumentalist, composer and performer focuses on that space between you and I. As an interpreter as well as in her own works the body and sound form part of an exploration of the limitations and the possibilities of connection posed by the body when it is understood as a musical instrument. Lindemann has toured in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, Iceland, South Africa as both an instrumentalist, composer and performer. She studied at the music academies in Helsinki, Amsterdam and Odense from where she did her advanced post-graduate studies as a physical performer and instrumentalist. She has been granted the 1st prize in the TUF chamber music competition in Iceland and the Dioraphte Gold Award at Amsterdam Fringe Festival and received numerous grants. Currently she is a part of the Danish Arts Council’s programme, ‘The Young Artistic Elite’ that supports young, Danish artists during the course of two years. During the summer of 2020 Lindemann is part of the residency programme at Open Stage, Godsbanen in Aarhus while developing the installation and concert programme ‘Between Strings’ commissioned by the quartet ‘Between Feathers’ based in Vienna. The concert will be premiered in 2021 with works by Kirstine Lindemann (composer), Scott Rubin (composer) and Christine Bonansea (choreographer). Autumn 2020 Kirstine will be composing and performing the music for the theater production ‘Robin Hood’ at Folketeateret in collaboration with Jullie Hjetland and Hans Find Møller. In 2021 Lindemann will be visiting China with her music theater show, ‘Sonata Land’ as well as Switzerland and Germany with the duo ‘OTHER EYE’ – a collaboration with composer-performer Yiran Zhao. At the moment she is preparing a new version of Further & Back for voice, to be performed by Neue Vocalsoisten. (A previous version of the work can be seen here. Kirstine's website is here.

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December 16, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

Sylvia Lane

(Dance and Telematics Researcher, Bath Spa University)

"Constructing Emotional Intelligence : Technologically Mediated Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Telematics Performance ”

"Emotional Intelligence" is new concept Sylvia now investigates in her research, replacing her earlier work processes seeking to locate and define emotional connection in telematics performance. This research has since brought various new perspectives to light- how we are altering our gaze by working with screens, changing cognitive approaches, reactions, relationships.These questions and several others related to mediated performance collaborations in real and virtual space will be discussed, alongside the concern with technology's impacts on future live and located performance practices.

Sylvia Lane is completing her PhD at Bath Spa University, and is HE Section Leader at University Centre Weston, Academy of Performing Arts, overseeing the BA Hons Degrees in Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance For Commercial Performance. Her latest research projects include telematics performances with institutions in the USA, including Digital Dancing with Studio School in L.A. She received extensive training in musical theatre at the prestigious London Studio Centre under a full three-year scholarship awarded for outstanding achievements and talent. She has over 20 years’ experience on the professional stage as a singer, dancer and actor. Originally from Munich, Germany, her career began with the Munich National Opera where she worked with many famous international musical directors and choreographers. Further credits include Lead Dancer/Singer for Spirit of the Dance, which she performed for several years in the USA including the Las Vegas and Reno productions; tours of Australia and New Zealand; roles in A Chorus Line, Chicago, Starting Here, Starting Now, West Side Story, The American Dream, The Rake’s Progress as well as variety shows. .Recently she was awarded a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Learning in Higher Education from Bath Spa University and has also completed an advanced course in The Estill Voice Method course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. her website is here .

After meeting Johannes Birringer at a Telematics Workshop-Symposium in Bucharest, a dialogue on networked performance was planned to take place in the autumn of 2020. Johannes Birringer co-directs the Design and Performance Lab (DAP-Lab) with Michèle Danjoux, and is Professor of Performance Technologies at Brunel University London. in 1999, Birringer co-founded ADaPT (Association for Dance and Performance Telematics) and began to work in telematic performance for a number of years when such practices were only just begining to become more widespread (with the existence of the World Wide Web which replaced earlier 1980s/90s satellite video conferencing). After founding the DAP-Lab in 2004, some early work in Nottingham (NTU) also engaged multisite telematics. He collaborated with partners in the US, Japan, Brasil,and The Netherlands. DAP-Lab’s most recent dance installations, kimospheres III-VI (2016-2019) explore the convergence of physical-sensory and augmented VR spaces. The dance performance Mourning for a dead moon (December 2019) addresses the climate crisis. Birringer’s recent books include Performance, Technology & Science, Dance and ChoreoMania, Tanz der Dinge/Things that Dance, and a new book, Kinetic Atmospheres: Performance and Immersion (Routledge) that probes the implications of environmental immersion and mixed reality digital architectures.

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Wednesdays, 5pm - 6:30 pm, Online Drama Studio (Gaskell Building, Brunel University London)

As of January 1, 2021 Johannes Birringer has stepped down from the role of Research Coordinator for Theatre in the Arts & Humanities at Brunel University. The research coordination has been taken on by Stuart Andrews

There have been no research seminars scheduled for the winter season.

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April 28, 2021 14:oo – 21:oo (incl. evening performance)

Workshop-Symposium 1: Re-embodiment and Dis/abilities: Disability Tech

June 16, 2021 14:oo – 21:oo (incl. evening performance) Workshop-Symposium 2 Performance and the Repair of Public Space and Collective Ritual

Curated by Johannes Birringer

Organized with the Performance and Ephemeral Sustainabilities in Public Space Research Group

This interdisciplinary research group is committed to exploring new and emerging realities in performance arts and performance culture focusing on the primary physical investment of artists in embodied, sentient practices and interventions. Theatre, dance, radio, sound and digital projects, and new ritual work in urban and nature environments: our projects are social choreographies and activisms in the era of climate crisis and virological pandemics. At a time when there is good chance that many of our activities are moving online, and due to the economic pressures to continue in this direction, we are risking the possibility that the place and importance of our human bodies will be further minimised. The Covid-19 pandemic reminds us that the body and the social are inextricably linked. The group can aims to ensure that if these changes do occur, they will, at least, receive serious academic and scholarly attention. We also focus on how embodied professional practice and research enquiry can be fostered in such environments using remote technologies, for humanistic, empathetic research and practice to be achieved and non-verbal communication to be better understood in such circumstances. Members of the group are currently putting together a large grant proposal to address the socio-political/cultural implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the group are supervising and recruiting PhD students and publishing in these areas.

The two-fold research workshop-symposium, in April and June, is intended to challenge our assumptions about bodies, difference and notions of ‘otherness’ in the arts. It is above all meant to “unmute” our bodies, to challenge troubled ontologies and the freedom to move in this era of pandemics. The term dis/abilities is awkward: we acknowledge this but believe it is important to explore practices and discussions around how disability (or “muting”) is defined in the arts and in our culture – as well as in the current shift to online/zoom conferencing & teaching. Who is ‘included’ when we talk about ‘other’ bodies or ‘non-normative’ practice, who is talked over, which lives matter, what can we learn from un-labeling, how we can collectively imagine our re-integrations into presence and corporeal interaction in pandemic and post-pandemic society. Within this two-fold event, the interdisciplinary ensemble of participants is committed to exploring new realities in expressive creativities concentrating on the primary physical investment of performance artists in embodied cultural practices – stretching from theatre and dance performance, radio and multimedia/digital projects to work in urban and nature environment, thus immersing themselves into life, social choreographies and activisms in the era of climate crisis virological pandemics, discrimination and injustices.

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Vera Rosner in performance

Workshop-Symposium 1:

Re-embodiment and Dis/abilities: Disability Tech

Wednesday April 28, 2021 14:3o – 21:oo (UK-time)


14:3o: Welcome - Opening remarks, Johannes Birringer, DAP-Lab (organizer)

Vera Rosner: film presentation: Open-ended processes: How detours expand local knowledge

Roundtable provocations & dialog

15:oo- 15:55

Michèle Danjoux / Olu Taiwo / co-design & intercultural metabolic processes


Gemma Cook / Meriel Norris / Cherry Kilbride / embodiment & ethics /creative mixed abilities Gemma’s guests: Shiv Grewal, Jon Cooper, Richard Luke, Emma Livingstone


Zhi Xu / Colin Riley / technologically extended bodies & performance practices

18:oo- 19:oo refreshment break 19:oo – 19:55

Maria Chatzichristodoulou / Paul Bevan / live-art & auto-ethnography/self-documentation

collective discussion

20:oo- 21:oo

Vera Rosner (Vienna danceability): ‘Ruderal species’

Shadows of the Dawn Productions present

Re-embodiment & Dis/abilities Workshop 1 Films

Keynote artist:

Vera Rosner

Vera Rosner was born in Vienna; she is a DanceAbility trainer, and works as a choreographer, performer, dancer and quality manager. She lives in Vienna. She has been leading a weekly open workshop group for several years, and since 2011 an advanced training group, which also performs at Jattle, BAM + Poetry, which are evenings with live music and poetry slams, where mixed improvisation groups regularly present and exchange ideas. She teaches various workshop formats throughout Austria and workshop formats (e.g. Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Bremen, Porto, Helsinki, Munich, Bologna). From 2005-2009 she danced with Danse Brute. In 2006 she founded the A.D.A.M. - performances "6 tanzen", "Auf freiem Fuß", "dancing with paints" (cooperation with L.A.C.E. Theatre/Los Angeles), "(Ruderal-)Flora" and "Fuss-Noten". In 2011 she founded the Dance Gang, which creates performances for young audiences. "The Song of Silence" has been shown to more than a thousand children and is combined with workshops in schools.3 In 2009 she founded the ‘Teacher's UP’ programme, an advanced training programme for choreographers, dancers and trainers. Interesting artists are invited to lead intensive weeks to get to know their way of working. In 2017, the work with Doris Uhlich began with dance in the piece 'Habitat' at the Donaufestival, at Tanzquartier Wien 2018 and 2020 'Habitat pandemic version'. The piece 'Everybody Electric' toured from 2017 (Vienna, Leipzig, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Venice Biennale and Sao Paulo, ...). Vera Rosner is always looking for collaborations with artists and groups of different genres such as theatre, performance, visual artists and creates joint actions, performances and street art interventions (like Invalidenstraße). She collaborates on the design and as a performer in various art projects such as 'Parcour de Danse' (Pontebba/ Italy). In 2011, the DanceAbility Europe founding congress took place in Vienna, which generated a lot of interest with the DanceAbility Day as part of the ImPulsTanz Festival, not least due to the presence and support of Steve Paxton. She is a founding member and on the board of MAD Coproductions where, in addition to SWAYING, education and training, symposia, networking, Jattle, BAM + Poetry, a lot of attention is paid to the Mellow Yellow school project, which led to an Erasmus+ project DOOL (Dance out of Line), she is responsible for the artistic direction together with Frans Poelstra. Vera’s film Open-ended processes: How detours expand local knowledge will be shown at the symposium.

Vera’s workshop: Ruderal species

A ruderal species is a plant species that is first to colonize disturbed lands. The disturbance may be natural – for example, wildfires or avalanches – or a consequence of human activity, such as construction (of roads, of buildings, mining, etc.) or agriculture (abandoned fields, irrigation, etc.). The word ruderal comes from the Latin rudus, meaning "rubble". Ruderal species typically dominate the disturbed area for a few years, gradually losing the competition to other native species. However, in extreme disturbance circumstances, such as when the natural topsoil is covered with a foreign substance, a single-species ruderal community may become permanently established. In addition, some ruderal invasive species may have such a competitive advantage over the native species that they, too, may permanently prevent a disturbed area from returning to its original state despite natural topsoil.

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June 16, 2021

Workshop-Symposium 2: Performance and the Repair of Public Space and Collective Ritual

Wednesday June 16, 2021 14:3o – 21:oo (UK-time)


14:3o: Welcome: Opening remarks, Johannes Birringer, DAP-Lab (organizer) with Petra Kuppers and Vera Rosner

Roundtable provocations & dialog:

15:oo- 16:40 Kate Marsh / Scott deLahunta / re-embodiment & the ethics of dance intelligence

Ram Samocha / Yohai Hakak with Pauline Cooper, Kieran Moran and Debbie Thomas / drawing & disability tech

and Ram's DRAW TO PERFORM workshop

16:45-17:30 Funmi Adewole / Thomas Kampe / cultures of the body / Africanist aesthetics and artistic citizenship / beyond forgetting

17:35-18:25 Mariza Dima / Maria Kastrinou / rituals of heritage and intervention for racial justice

18:25- 19:15 refreshment break

Workshop 19:15 - 21:oo

Prof. Petra Kuppers (University of Michigan) // Eco Soma and collective ritual: 1. Keynote address: “Memorials of Life: Journey to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin”

2. followed by one hour Amoeba Dances: Tunneling Open - physical workshop.

Shadows of the Dawn Productions present

Re-embodiment & Dis/abilities Workshop 2 Films
The films from the second workshop will go up to Birringer's youtube channel soon.


Keynote artist:

Petra Kuppers

Petra Kuppers is disability culture activist and a community performance artist. She teaches at the University of Michigan, and on Goddard College's low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. She creates participatory community performance environments that think/feel into public space, tenderness, site-specific art, access and experimentation. Petra grounds herself in disability culture methods, and uses ecosomatics, performance, and speculative writing to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures. Petra received the American Society for Theatre Research’s best dance/theatre book award, the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts’ Award for Arts and Activism, and her performance poetry collection Gut Botany was named one of the top ten US poetry books of 2020 by the New York Public Library. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective, and co-creates Turtle Disco, a somatic writing studio, with her wife, poet and dancer Stephanie Heit, from their home in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Her next academic book project, Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters, will appear with the University of Minnesota Press in early 2022. Her other books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (2003), Community Performance: An Introduction (2007, 2nd edition 2019), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performance and Contemporary Art (2007), Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011), Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (2014), and Theatre and Disability (2017). Her latest book: Gut Botany, published by Wayne State University Press, was named one of the 10 Best Poetry Books of 2020 (New York Public Library).


“Memorials of Life: Journey to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin” In this talk from her forthcoming book Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters (Minnesota, 2022), Petra Kuppers will share a discussion of a participatory community performance piece she co-created, Journey to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. She will talk about the roles of the senses, memories, publics, and alivenesses in this social somatic. Disability and difference emerge as generative principles in somatic immediacy.

After the talk, a brief Q+A, and a break, Petra will run a meditative closing score: Amoeba Dances: Tunneling Open. We will listen to and move with sounds we are making with our own breath, in our own home, while being comfortable on the floor, on the sofa, or in a similar comfortable position for yourself and your particular bodymind. Our practice is informed by Pauline Oliveros’ deep listening work, by Continuum Movement, and by Olimpias disability culture practices. We use our breath to channel sounds through our body, and respond in movement – tiny or large, whatever is appropriate to us. My practice is born out of experiences of physical pain, and it is designed to be accessible to people who live with (different kinds of) pain. Petra uses this practice as the basis for movement/writing workshops in Turtle Disco, a disability-led somatic writing studio in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

video stills from the workshop by Thomas Kampe, Zhi Xu, and Johannes Birringer

For Petra Kupppers' new book - ECO SOMA go here


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Making Space for the Arts: A Postgraduate Research Symposium

29 June 2021

This event will consist of two panels, one of three papers and one of two. Each paper will last a maximum of 20 minutes. Each panel includes 20 minutes at the end for questions and discussion of the preceding papers. Presenters are asked please to attend the whole event not just their own panel, to maintain a sense of debate across the papers. Schedule

10am start: Introduction

Panel 1: 10.10-11.30

• Alexandra Lee, Creative Writing, year 4 out of 6, part time

"Exploring the impact of poor mental health challenges on women in contemporary Arthurian texts including Mists of Avalon, Cursed, My Boyfriend Merlin and Caliburn’s Circle"

• Adriana Mallary, Games Design, year 1

"Eliciting targeted emotions in VR"

• Ian Stone, Screen Media, final year, part- time

"Barthes’ political cinema: transitional aesthetics for the digital age"

Panel 2: 11.50-13:oo

• Shené Boskani, English Literature, year 3

"Kataleptike Phantasia: Mapping the Gap between Rationality and Fantasy in Naomi Mitchison’s The Corn King and the Spring Queen"

• Zhi Xu , Theatre, choreographer, dancer and researcher, final year

"Techno-Choreography and the Embodiment of Cultural Objects"

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Organized by Professor Geoff King

Panels chaired by Geoff King and Johannes Birringer

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For more information contact 01895 267 343 .........Admission free..........

Location: Artaud Performance Center, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH

All Research Seminars are co-produced with and the special DAP-LabTV:

Research Seminar playlist on youtube by Marlon Barrios Solano & Johannes Birringer.

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