Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Mountainsides: Light

Since the use of beacons on hilltops to fast track the news of the Trojan war, the manipulation of light has been an essential element of mountain environments. But how has this relationship been exploited in recent years? What explains the fascination with night walking where beacons become night torches? And how has the technology of theatre crept into mountainsides to enhance their topography and to engage new audiences?
Presenters : Angus Farquhar (United Visual Artists) and Alan Rowan

The event is free but booking is required, please register to book your place

What is Mountainsides?

Mountainsides is a series of public conversations between prominent mountaineers, climbers and hikers and academics of theatre, performance and cultural studies.  Each event will be introduced by a concise ‘micro-lecture’ on the theme, followed by contributions from each speaker. The majority of the time will be given over to animated conversation, robust debate and productive interjections from the floor.

What shared languages are there between climbing and performing and what gets in the way of a good conversation? How are terms such as, risk, composition, light, narrative, movement and training understood in the two domains? How far is it true to say that climbing is a form of performance and can learn from the languages of theatre and performance studies? And what are the key ideas in hiking and climbing that resonate with the live art of performance?

Full details of the series and future events can be found at http://performing-mountains.leeds.ac.uk/

The series is curated by David Shearing and Jonathan Pitches with the help and support of the project’s advisory board and its formal partner, Kendal Mountain Festival.

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