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Sadler’s Wells symposium explores the art of the duet

Roehampton’s Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance recently hosted a duets symposium at the world famous Sadler’s Wells theatre, after witnessing a rise in the number of duo performances in the theatre circuit.

Posted: 10 November 2014

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Dr Simon Ellis and Colin Poole on Silence: Colin, Simon and IPhoto Credit: Laure Fernandez

The sell-out event, ‘Of Two Minds’, brought together speakers and performers from around the world and across disciplines to explore what working as a duet means, the artistic process and how it differs from other forms of collaboration.

Among the performances on the day was ‘How to be a Fig’, presented by Head of the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance, Joe Kelleher and Eirini Kartsaki, Senior Lecturer in Drama at Anglia Ruskin College in Cambridge. 

Performance-presentations featured artists from across wider disciplines such as Dr Simon Ellis from Roehampton’s Department of Dance and his collaborator, Colin Poole. Together they discussed the nature of silence in their work and the role it plays in their friendship, art and difference.

The event was curated by Dr Laure Fernandez and Dr Becka McFadden, who said: “We were aware of the importance of duet practice within the department, as well as an increase in the number of duet performances we were encountering as spectators and wanted to survey a range of duet work - to probe the possibilities and attractions of a collaboration of two.

We had a great turnout on the day; the event sold out, and it was a great opportunity for our students to experience the richness of creative practice in the department and to gain insight into these duets’ creative process."

The department hosts a range of events throughout the year that are open to all. To see a full list of upcoming events please click here

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