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'The Work of the Audience' - The third interdisciplinary seminar on the concept of performance

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  • UserDr Nicholas Ridout (Reader in Theatre and Performance Studies, Queen Mary University of London) Professor Steven Connor (Grace 2 Professor of English, University of Cambridge) Chair: Dr Zoë Svendsen (Director, Dramaturg and Lecturer in Drama, Universit
  • ClockMonday 18 November 2013, 17:00-19:00
  • HouseCRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor .

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Monday November 18th, at CRASSH

‘The Work of the Audience’

The third interdisciplinary seminar on the concept of performance

Dr Nicholas Ridout (Reader in Theatre and Performance Studies, Queen Mary University of London)

Professor Steven Connor (Grace 2 Professor of English, University of Cambridge)

Chair: Dr Zoë Svendsen (Director, Dramaturg and Lecturer in Drama, University of Cambridge)

CRASSH , Seminar room SG1 , Ground floor

Nicholas Ridout likes thinking about performance as a way of thinking about work. Inspired by a 1711 article in The Spectator (‘The Trunkmaker’, 235) he will share some thoughts about slavery and spectatorship. He is the author of Passionate Amateurs: Theatre, Communism and Love (University of Michigan Press, 2013), Stage Fright, Animals and Other Theatrical Problems (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Theatre & Ethics (Palgrave 2009), and co-editor, with Joe Kelleher, of Contemporary Theatres in Europe (Routledge, 2006) and co-author, with Joe Kelleher and members of the company, of The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Routledge, 2007).

Steven Connor is a writer, critic and broadcaster who has published books on Dickens, Beckett, Joyce and postmodernism, as well as on topics such as ventriloquism, skin, flies, and air. His most recent books are Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things (2011) and A Philosophy of Sport (2011). His website at www.stevenconnor.com includes lectures, broadcasts, unpublished work and work in progress.

As a dramaturg Zoë Svendsen has most recently worked with Joe Hill-Gibbons on Edward II at the National Theatre, and The Changeling  at the Young Vic (Maria: revived in main house, 2012) as well as with Polly Findlay on Arden of Faversham (RSC - forthcoming). Directing projects with her company METIS ARTS include 3rd Ring Out (UK tour; TippingPoint Award) and currently World Factory (NT Studio; New Wolsey Theatre; Cambridge Junction). She is also a research fellow at Birkbeck’s Centre for Contemporary Theatre.www.metisarts.co.uk

This talk is part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network series.

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