WHAT IS IT? Towards a re-enactment of the experience of performative writing, a lecture by Danae Theodoridou, October 7th

Sharing a concern with language ‘not as a text but as an event’ (Etchells), this lecture explores practices of writing and reading as a way of performing, and examines the way performance is being elaborated through linguistic and written processes.  Aiming to offer possible replies to questions such as ‘What is a performative text?’ and ‘Where is the stage in the experience of writing and reading it?’ the lecture delves deeper into a theatre understood as ‘the way a text gives itself the body of its incarnation’; ‘a sort of human theatre where speech becomes action, takes position of souls, leads bodies and gives rhythm to their walk’ (Rancière); a dance between the stage and the page.

October 7th, 16:30 at ArtEZ, Onderlangs 9, Theatrium (exact location yet to be announced). Please let us know if you are coming by sending an email to Konstantina Georgelou at: k.georgelou@artez.nl

Danae Theodoridou is a performance maker and researcher currently based in Brussels. She works as a lecturer at the University of Groningen. She has been creating and participating in solo and collaborative live works and research projects in the UK, Greece, Amsterdam, Paris and elsewhere, with artists and theorists such as Ivana Müller, Karen Christopher, Bojana Kunst and others, and she is the artistic director of the Athens-based performance company Construction works. Her work has been supported by important cultural institutions such as: the AHRC, the Greek General Secretariat for Youth, the European Union, PSi, workspacebrussels and others, while her project 50’00’’- Short Stories received the first price award at the Devised Theatre Festival of the Theatre of Neos Kosmos (Athens, 2009). In 2011 she co-curated the Performance Studies international Regional Cluster ‘Encounters in Synchronous Time’ (Athens). She completed a practice-led PhD at Roehampton University (London). Her thesis offered a critical analysis of dramaturgical modes and structures of experimental theatre and dance mainly by focusing on aspects related to fragmented poetics, voice and authority, representation and the performative use of oral and written language. More info: www.danaetheodoridou.com

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Featured image by A.E.Mitsi

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