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Rehearsal - Performing the Everyday

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To what extent can we compare rehearsal behaviours in the arts with those in our quotidian lives? What inclusions are performed by such framing, and recognition?

Rachel Davies (Filmmaker and Lecturer at Kingston University) Professor Tracy C. Davis (English/Theatre/Performance Studies, Northwestern University)

Chair: Clare Foster (Classics, Cambridge)

Rachel Davies trained in animation at the Royal College of Art before moving to working with choreography and performance in films and interdisciplinary works focussing on personal biography, collective memory, and the everyday. Her current project ‘They Tuck You Up (your Mum and Dad)’, involves film interactivity within a theatre setting, explores the performativity of family routines, aimed at an intergenerational audience.

Professor Tracy C. Davis is a specialist in performance theory, theatre historiography, and research methodology. Among other works, she is author of Theatricality (with Thomas Postlewait, CUP , 2004), The Performing Society (Palgrave, 2007), Stages of Emergency: Cold War Nuclear Defense (Duke, 2007), and The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies (CUP, 2008). She is also editor of the Cambridge University Press book series Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory and General Editor of the forthcoming six-volume Cultural History of Theatre (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Clare Foster is a writer and founding co-convenor of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network. She recently finished a PhD at Cambridge on the relationship between tradition and performance (‘A Very British Greek Play’). She teaches dramatic writing at Cambridge and is course director for UCL ’s MA course Ancient Rome on Film.

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