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?
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, line, 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?
As part of the AHRC funded fellowship: Performing Landscapes: Mountains, we are delighted to announce 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.
[NVA’s The Storr, Isle of Skye 2005. Image: Euan Myles]