Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Bodies and Performance

In this section:

Research Mission

The Bodies and Performance Research Group seeks to explore the way bodies are performed in their cultural, biological, philosophical, aesthetic and mediated contexts and manifestations. The group’s mission is to understand contemporary performance and theory which articulate, aestheticize and politicize the desires and demands of the lived body.

The lived body is intersectional, experiential, embodied and digitalized. Contemporary practice and discourse is moving us beyond fixed cultural and social binaries and categories into a more ‘trans’ relationship with the body. The body is embedded and extended in its political, virtual social and historical environment but it is also driven by its own internal workings – its personal demands, needs and desires. The Bodies and Performance Research Group would like to consider the pleasure, joy, pain and everyday exigencies of the lived body – gender, love, fear, sex, sexuality, motherhood, pregnancy, parenthood, cooking and eating, domestic work, hormonal shifts, ageing and illness, as well as technologies that enhance and shape the body as lived. Central to our concerns is how those bodily experiences are articulated and represented in and through performance. The group also seeks to understand the way in which these new configurations of the lived body impacts on the political as a critical dialogue.

For further information contact: Dr Jacki Wilson J.M.Willson@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/

Dr Jacki Willson – Academic Fellow in Performance and Culture

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?
Dionysia Bouzioti – Visual Perception of the Performing Body and Catharsis in Tragedy Dance Theatre
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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