Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Bodies and Performance

In this section:

Research Mission

As definitions of the body are becoming increasingly porous and ambiguous, the aim of the Bodies and Performance Research Group is to explore, capture and articulate, through theory and practice, the way performative bodies are presented, constituted and understood in contemporary contexts. Contemporary understandings of bodies define them as plural, mediated and connected with each other, with their internal workings and with their environments. The Bodies and Performance Research Group explores performative bodies in their cultural, biological, mediated and philosophical contexts and manifestations. The Group’s mission is to engage with those complexities, examining bodies in the 21st century in performance practices and theories and as performative agents in cultural contexts and activities.

For further information contact: Jenny Lawson J.A.Lawson@leeds.ac.uk

Group Members

Academic staff:

Dr Anna Fenemore – Associate Professor in Contemporary Theatre and Performance

Dr Maria Kapsali – Lecturer in Physical Performance
Theatre, Dance and Performance Training edited by Maria Kapsali:

Dr Jenny Lawson – Lecturer in Contemporary Performance
Research Project:  Fantasies of the Undead: https://jennylawsonperformance.wordpress.com

Professor Sita Popat – Chair in Performance and Technology
The e-Dance Project: http://projects.kmi.open.ac.uk/e-dance/

PhD researchers:

Alison Andrews – Know Your Place: the relationship between artists and audiences in site specific-performance
Kate Fox – Stand Up and be (En)Countered: How are (marginalised) identities articulated (and resisted) in mine and others live solo stand up performances?
Emma Gee – The Death of the Director?: the role of the director in participative practice
Carole Kirk – Dancing with Paint:  Exploring an ecological account of human cognition to explain both the
agential and social structural dimensions of creative practice
Xristina Penna – Scenography, cognitive science and collective making processes
Mandy Rogerson – A study of choreographic practices as a process of semiosis in the creation of dance-based theatre works with specific reference to the body text.

Associate members:

Laura Griffiths – Leeds Beckett University

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