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Performing Archive Symposium

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Broadway Studio and Gallery

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Letchworth Garden City

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Performing Archives Colloquium:

Museum and University Partnerships Initiative

23 February 2018

Broadway Studio and Gallery, Letchworth Garden City

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

N.B. This is a FREE event but lunch is not included. There is a small capacity cafe on the site and many additional cafes and food retailers a short walk away.

The Performing Archives Colloquium organized by the Foundling Museum, British Red Cross, Garden City Collection and the University of Lincoln will bring together artists, museum curators, archivists and academics to explore the use of performance in relation to archives to provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of varied methodologies, events and contexts through an arts based and interdisciplinary approach. The colloquium will include:

  • Keynote presentation addressing contemporary debates and best practices within the field of Applied Performance
  • Walk exploring Letchworth in relation to the Garden City Collection archives
  • Performances based on the use of archives as empirical material for documentary and verbatim performance
  • World café providing numerous case studies

Case studies will be presented by invited museums, universities and theatre representatives to explore the potential of performing arts projects as a forum for new ideas, discussions of past/current projects and potential issues or debates. The colloquium will open up a dialogue between participants to potentially collaborate on future projects.

Speakers include but are not limited to:

Harold Offeh: is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of history. His work encompasses performance, social practice, video and photography, often using humour as a means to confront the viewer with aspects of contemporary culture and history. Recently Offeh has approached the themes of service and Afro hair culture through collective live engagements with other artists, performers and community participation. He has shown widely both in the UK and abroad including the Studio Museum Harlem, Tate Britain and Abrons Arts Centre.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company: has been creating dynamic, fearless and enigmatic dance works for almost 30 years in all kinds of venues, including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film. Her work taps into the intellectual and physical power of dance and is rooted in her particular vision of culture and society. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance has been commissioned to create a new work with British Red Cross to investigate the metaphor of war as a global contagion. Contagion will be a ‘twenty minute, site responsive, promenade dance work’ focusing on the Spanish Flue of 1918-19.

Brolly Productions: a collaboration between designer and illustrator Rachana Jadhav and writer, director and academic Dominic Hingorani, to integrate live performance with digital technologies. As a BME led company they aim to engage new and diverse audiences; especially among those who may not have attended an arts event before. In collaboration with the British Museum, Brolly productions worked with the Clocks collection and curators from the Horology archive.

Blake Morris: is a walking artist and researcher based in London. He is a founding member of the Walk Exchange, a crossdisciplinary walking group based in New York City. Along with Clare Qualmann (Walking Artists Network), he co-edits ‘Lines of Desire’ for critical cartography journal Living Maps Review. His work has been shown at Ovalhouse Theatre (London), Bogart Salon (New York City) and Superfront Gallery (Los Angeles, Detroit, NYC).

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