September 2010

Information sent through about a thought provoking workshop coming up at University of Surrey…

As part of Research Skills through Collaboration Series that aims to provide training for post graduate practitioner research students and scholars, I would like to draw your attention to:

Performing Exchange’

A One day workshop investigating practical experiment and exchange between practice-based researchers, dance or music makers and interpretative artists, as a way of developing research skills and disciplinary expertise.

1st October 2010 – 9.30- 5.00

Nodus Building and PATS Studio 1&2,

Department of Dance, Film and Theatre, University of Surrey

The workshop will be led by Dr Tom Armstrong (Music) and Jennifer Jackson (Dance)

Frequent collaborators as music and dance makers, Tom and Jennifer will draw on their experience of specific experiences of collaborative relationships –  between composer and interpreter and in the process of collaborative writing –  to focus the experiment and discussion.  The day will include:

  • interventions from interpretive artists/ seminar with Emilie Crapoulet
  • reflection on writing by Vera John-Steiner (Creative Collaboration, 2000) and Keith Sawyer (Group Genius, 2007)
  • opportunity to research through practise and discuss the following questions:

How might collaboration affect the sense of ‘self’?

How might collaborative models be employed in relation to the researcher and her/his disciplinary expertise?

What is the role of time in collaboration?

What is group genius?

How does age and gender affect collaboration?

There is no charge for participation in the workshop but registration is essential for organisation and catering.

Please email Jennifer Jackson by September 21st to register interest and for further details of the programme schedule and location.

The workshop series is supported by University of Surrey’s Fund for Researcher Development and curated by Jennifer Jackson. The series aims to provide training for post graduate scholars and practitioners in performance studies to develop collaborative skills and nurture creative and innovative approaches to research within the framework of their own discipline and in interdisciplinary research.

Jennifer Jackson, Lecturer in Dance Studies

Very late notice – in case you can make it…

The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama ( <> ) Conference 2010 ‘Choruses: Ancient and Modernwill take place at the University of Oxford, 13-14 September 2010.

Everyone is welcome. For more information and to register for the conference please contact Naomi Setchell, APGRD Archivist/Administrator ( The registration fee is £25.

The standard view of the ancient chorus as an encumbrance in the modern western world, where the individual rather than the collective is prized, needs serious scrutiny.  Not only does this overlook much dramatic theory and practice since the eighteenth century, it also ignores the monarchical contexts in which this intrinsically neo-classical view was developed. At the conference an international and interdisciplinary group of speakers (classicists, theatre historians, anthropologists, musicologists, philosophers as well as contemporary practitioners) will examine the various contexts in the modern world in which ancient choruses have been consciously imitated, shunned and on occasions dangerously travestied in the modern world. The conference will therefore consider not only the aesthetics of the chorus but also the ways in which choruses have interacted (ritually, broadly socially and explicitly politically) with audiences in both antiquity and the modern world.

Confirmed speakers:

Karen Ahlquist (George Washington) ‘Chorus and Community’

Joshua Billings (Oxford) ‘An Alien Body? Choral questions around 1800′

Claudia Bosse (theatre director) will lead a practical workshop

Laurence Dreyfus (Oxford) ‘Sunken in the “Mystical Abyss”: The ‘choral’ orchestra in Wagner’s Music Dramas’

Zachary Dunbar (Central School of Speech and Drama) ‘The Politics of the Musical Chorus Line’

Simon Goldhill (Cambridge) ‘Choral Lyric(s)’

Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie-Universität, Berlin) ‘From Reinhardt to Riefenstahl’

Albert Henrichs (Harvard) ‘Chorality and Modern Interpretations: Nietzsche, Benjamin and Burkert’

Sheila Murnaghan (UPenn) ‘The choral plot of Greek tragedy’

Ian Rutherford (Reading) ‘Chorus, Song, Anthropology’

Roger Savage (Edinburgh) ‘Purists and Polymorphs: the Operatic Chorus in Rameau and Gluck’

Naomi Setchell
Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama,
Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies,
University of Oxford, 66 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU
+44 (0)1865 288210 / <>

I just read a small article about a study undertaken by Nick Neave of Northumbria University (see, in which men (not professional dancers) were filmed dancing to a simple beat. The footage was converted into a computer-generated avatar, and women were asked to assess whether they thought it was ‘good’ or ‘bad’ dancing. The hypothesis of the study is that “movements associated with good dancing may be indicative of good health and reproductive potential” and the study seems to support this. I’m intrigued by the implications this might have for an audience’s appreciation of more ‘formal’ dancing on stage – how much is our enjoyment of dance dictated by a somehow inherent judgement of the dancer’s good health and suitability for mating?

Following last year’s visit with Justitia, Jasmin Vardimon returns to Oxford Playhouse this month:

Tuesday 28 September at 8pm

Jasmin Vardimon Company


7734 questions human nature whilst illuminating both our capacity for survival and the poetry of hope. Throughout her body of work, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon has illustrated the power to grip and seduce audiences; exciting with athletic prowess, lulling through quiet beauty and tearing our emotions with a gutsy voice of intention.

Age guideline: 14+ contains material of an adult nature.

Post show talk.

Tickets: £12.50 £17.50 £19.50

Oxford Playhouse Ticket Office on 01865 305305

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