Centre for Performance and Creative Exchange

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The Research Centre for Performance & Creative Exchange offers a forum for the exchange of energy and ideas about histories, theories, and practices of theatre, performance and live art. It seeks to place cutting edge work by visiting scholars and artists in conversation with the research of staff and students, and asks how shared strands of thought can be developed, circulated, revised and augmented.

The Centre cultivates avenues of engagement and collaboration with a particular focus on:

  • subjectivity and experimentation;
  • questions of gender, race and sexuality;
  • under-represented histories and new historiographical methods;
  • institutional critique;
  • interdisciplinarity;
  • practice as research;
  • and work that is international in its focus and aims.

At the core of the Centre’s activities are free public talks, seminars, and performances with guests, which run through the academic year. This includes national and international visitors, and recently we have hosted artists and scholars from Africa, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Opportunities for graduate students in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance to generate and participate in research events are also co-ordinated through the Centre. 

For more information please contact:
Dr Eleanor Roberts

Current Events

  • 12 February 2020 - Sarah Gorman (University of Roehampton), ‘Nightclubbing: Queer Heterotopia and Club Culture in the work of Lucy McCormick, Project O and Rachael Young', Jubilee Theatre Studio, 5-6.30pm.
  • 19 February 2020 - ‘Art Performance and the Act: Conversation with Romeo Castellucci’ chaired by Joe Kelleher and Flora Pitrolo, Jubilee Theatre, 5.30-7.30. This talk follows an earlier TECHNE Study Day, ‘Art, Performance and the Act’. Funded by TECHNE and organised by Joe Kelleher.
  • 10 June 2020 - Felipe Ribeiro (UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro), 'The Revolving Actions', via video conferencing, 12-1.15pm.
  • Events with Julia Bardsley (Queen Mary Universtiy of London), and Rebekah Maggor (Cornell University) with Masud Hamdan (University of Haifa) were unfortunately cancelled due to the global pandemic. 

All events are free and all are welcome. Unless stated otherwise, the venue Jubilee Building Theatre / Studio is fully accessible (on a single floor level, with widened doors, and accessible toilet via access ramp); however please email the organisers if you have any queries about access. Jubilee Building is number D5 on the campus map.


Past Events

  • 11 October 2019 - Chiara Bottici (New School for Social Research / Eugene Lang College, New York), ‘The Art of Change Opera: An Imaginal Intervention’, Jubilee Theatre, 6-7.30pm. This talk follows an earlier TECHNE Study Day, ‘Art, Performance & Political Imagination’, booked here. Funded by TECHNE and organised by Giulia Palladini.
  • 14 October 2019 – In Memory of a Young Child, written by Ioli Andreadi (PhD King’s College London) and Aris Asproulis (Panteion University), directed by Ioli Andreadi. Performed by Roula Pateraki, Despoina Sarafidou, and Kostas Nikouli. Jubilee Theatre from 6pm. This performance will be accompanied by an exhibition curated by Iris Kritikou, I can feel inside of me something really blond, and followed by a post-show discussion with Joe Kelleher. Organised by Joe Kelleher and supported by the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and Sports.
  • 31 October 2019 – People Show 130: The Last Straw, performance by the People Show, Jubilee Theatre 6-7pm.
  • 5 November 2019 - (NON)POLITICAL (NON)PERFORMANCE A Study Day with André Lepecki (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University), Studio 5, Jubilee Building, 10am-6pm. Funded by TECHNE and organised by Helena Botto, Tim Cowbury, Georg Döcker, Will Osmond, Jonas Schnor, Jenny Swingler, and Siegmar Zacharias.
  • 6 November 2019 – Heike Roms (University of Exeter), ‘The Avant-Garde Is Child’s Play: Performance art works with and for children in the '60s and '70s’, Jubilee Theatre Studio, 5-6.30pm.
  • 6 December 2019 – Raluca Soreanu (University of Essex), ‘On the Wise Crowd: Orphic Times of Protest’, Jubilee Theatre 5-6.30pm. This talk follows an earlier TECHNE Study Day, ‘Art, Performance & Free Association’, booked here. Funded by TECHNE and organised by Simon Bayly.
  • 11 December 2019 – Fiona Wilkie (University of Roehampton), 'The Case of Vivien Leigh's Maid and Other Travails: Theatre touring, labour and the strolling-player legacy', Jubilee Theatre Studio, 5-6.30pm.

Events 2018-19

  • 3 October 2018 – Book launch: Ioana Szeman (University of Roehampton), Staging Citizenship: Roma, Performance and Belonging in EU Romania with guest speaker Adriana Diaconu (Université Grenoble Alpes).
  • 17 October 2018 – Book launch: Leslie Hill (University of Roehampton), Sex, Suffrage & The Stage: First Wave Feminism in British Theatre.
  • 7 November 2018 – Erin Manning (SenseLab / Concordia University), ‘Me Lo Dijo un Pajarito – Neurodiversity, Black Life and the University as we Know It’. Funded by TECHNE and organised by Adrian Heathfield.
  • 28 November 2018 – David Linton (Kingston University), ‘Performances of Contradiction: Women in London West End Revue of the Early Twentieth Century’.
  • 5 December 2018 – Eva Bentcheva (Haus der Kunst, Munich), ‘Contextualising “Experimentalism” in Performance Art from Southeast Asia, 1960s to the Present’.
  • 13 December 2018 – Daphne Brooks (Yale University), ‘“If You Should Lose Me”: The Archive, the Critic, the Record Shop and the Blues Woman’. Funded by TECHNE and organised by P.A. Skantze.
  • 13 March 2019 – Suk-Young Kim (UCLA), 'Black K-Pop: Racial Surplus and the Global Consumption of Korean Pop Music'. This event was organised by Ioana Szeman (University of Roehampton).
  • 30 May 2019 - 'Domestics against Domestication' Study Day. This event was organised by Valeria Graziano (Coventry University) and Giulia Palladini (University of Roehampton). Speakers included Valeria Graziano, Bettina Knaup (University of Roehampton), Giulia Palladini, Ella Parry-Davies (Central School for Speech and Drama), Eleanor Roberts (University of Roehampton), Kim Trogal (Canterbury School of Architecture, University of the Creative Arts), and Ana Vilenica (London South Bank University).
  • 18-19 June 2019 - 'This is Critical: Writing As/About Practice' Creative Critical Writing Lab. This event was organised by Katja Hilevaara, Emily Orley and PA Skantze. Speakers included Monique Charles (#HBTG?), Chris Heighes (University of Roehampton), Katja Hilevaara (Goldsmiths), Clare A. Lees (School of Advanced Study, University of London), Tim Mathews (UCL), Mathelinda Nabugodi (UCL), Emily Orley (University of Roehampton), P. A. Skantze (University of Roehampton).

Events 2017-18

  • 18 October 2017 - Adrian Heathfield (University of Roehampton), ‘Spirited Affinities’.
  • 1 November 2017 - Simon Bayly (University of Roehampton), ‘Assembly Points: A Report on Contact’. This presentation was a ‘mid-term’ report on research undertaken by Simon Bayly & Johanna Linsley as part of Acts of Assembly, a project supported by the Leverhulme Trust.
  • 11 November 2017 - Aylwyn Walsh (University of Leeds), ‘Prison Lesbians: Tyrannies of representation and tropes of transgressive desire’.
  • 29 November 2017 - Jacob Juntunen (Southern Illinois University), ‘Genocide and Puppets: The Performing Objects of Tadeusz Kantor’.
  • 13 December 2017 - Season Butler, ‘Divesting from Whiteness: Towards Emancipated Process and Practice’.
  • 21 February 2018 - Giulia Palladini (University of Roehampton), ‘On coexisting, mending and imagining: notes on the domestics of performance’.
  • 21 March 2018 - Juan Albarrán Diego (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), ‘Constructing presence: performance art and mediation devices’.
  • 2 May 2018 - Soji Cole (University of Ibadan), ‘Songs as/and ritual in contemporary African theatre performance’.
  • 23 May 2018 - Adriana Nicolau Jiménez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), ‘Catalan Feminist Theatres: An Approach through Anglophone Literature’.

Events 2016-17

  • 17 November 2016 - Erin Brannigan (University of New South Wales), ‘Mobile Strategies: Rauschenberg’s Choreographies’.
  • 23 November 2016 - Cynthia Croot (University of Pittsburgh), ‘Taking to the Streets / Adapting Shakespeare for Site-Specific Performance’.
  • 1 March 2017, Kélina Gotman (King’s College London), ‘Venus in Furs: Painting to Page, a Passage (on the Essay)’.
  • 10 April 2017 - ‘A study day on durationality, identity, and performance’. This event was organised by Eleanor Roberts. The keynote was Amelia Jones (Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California), ‘Gesture as Event, or, The Conceptual Body’. Speakers and presenters included Amelia Jones, Sarah Blissett, Jane Carr, Tara Fatehi Irani, Amalia Garcia, Sarah Gorman, Onyeka Igwe, Bettina Knaup, Johanna Linsley, Rachael Nicholas, Ella Parry-Davies, Eleanor Roberts, Bruce Sharp, Adele Tulli, and Graham White.
  • 26 April 2017 – Eirini Kartsaki (Queen Mary University of London), ‘Ten short essays on protrusions’.

Events 2015-16

  • 4 September 2015 – ‘Congruence and Contestation: Contemporary Feminism and Performance’. This symposium was organised by Sarah Gorman. The keynotes were Geraldine Harris (Lancaster University), and Lynette Goddard (Royal Holloway, University of London). Speakers and presenters included: Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, Mark Hamilton, Terry Bright Kweku Ofosu, Eleanor Roberts, Rebecca Benzie, Annalaura Alifuoco, Emily Orley & Katja Hilevaara, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, Jenny Lawson, Lena Simic, Grace Surman, Roberta Mock, Jessica Worden, Fiona MacPherson, and Nina-Marie Gardner.
  • 13 October 2015 - Jennifer Parker-Starbuck (Drama, Theatre & Performance, University of Roehampton) and John Moxon (Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton), Interdisciplinary ‘Research Group in Medical Humanities’ seminar.
  • 21 October 2015 – Bryce Lease (Royal Holloway, University of London).
  • 4 November 2015 – Susanne Greenhalgh (University of Roehampton).
  • 24 November 2015 - Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin College / Utrecht University), ‘Unseen: Performance Criticism in the Age of Digital Recordings’.
  • 2 December 2015 - Kristen Krieder (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Open City and the Production of Not-Knowing’.
  • 9 December 2015 – Glenn Odom (University of Roehampton), ‘Theatre and Worlding: Semiotics and Difference’.

Events 2014-15

  • 13 October 2014 - Michael W. Twitty, ‘The Haunted Plate: Bringing the Lives of Enslaved Black Cooks to Life Through Interpretation’. This event was organised in collaboration with the Memory Banquet (memorybanquet.wordpress.com)
  • 30 October 2014 – ‘Of Two Minds: An afternoon on duet collaborations’ (University of Roehampton / Sadler’s Wells), followed by a performance of Control Signal, by Haranczak/Navarre (Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin). Participants included: Karen Christopher & Sophie Grodin with Andrea Milde, Eirini Kartsaki & Joe Kelleher, Simon Ellis & Colin Poole, PA Skantze & Matthew Fink with Ernst Fischer, Ewan Forster & Chris Heighes, Becka McFadden & Scheherazaad Cooper with Mary Ann Hushlak, Efrosini Protopapa & Susanna Recchia, Amaara Raheem & Tobias Sturmer. This event was curated by Laure Fernandez and Becka McFadden, in collaboration with Karen Christopher. More information here.
  • 11 November 2014 - Lucia Farinati (Sound Threshold) and Claudia Firth (Birkbeck), ‘Exploring the Force of Listening’. 
  • 25 November 2014 – ‘Utopian Residencies’ with Karen Christopher, Hester Chillingworth (GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN), Sarah Gorman and PA Skantze.
  • 27-30 November 2014 - 'This Has Nothing to Do with Politics' (The Function Room, The Cock Tavern). Participants included Cordelia Cembrowicz, Chris Paul Daniels, Ana Fernández ­Aballí-Altamirano, Ella Finer, Rose Gibbs, Marlene Haring, Olivia Hicks, Noga Inbar, Virgile Ittah, Vesta Kroese, Ratna Lachman, Ekua McMorris, Oscar Murillo, PA Skantze, Jack Tan, Nicola Thomas, Geoff Tibbs, and Richard Wentworth. More information here.
  • 27 January 2015 - Karen Christopher in conversation with Chris Goode.
  • 6 February 2015 – ‘More than Accessible: Theatre and Performance in the Age of the Spectator’ symposium (October Gallery). This event was organised by PA Skantze.
  • 24 February 2015 - Karen Christopher in conversation with Lucy Cash.
  • 11 March 2015 - Fiona Wilkie (University of Roehampton), 'Performance, Transport and Mobility'.
  • 24 March 2015 - I’m With You: Gorge. The collective I’m With You is composed of Johanna Linsley (University of Roehampton), R. Justin Hunt (University of Lincoln), and photographer Christa Holka.
  • 16 May 2015 - ‘Traditional Asian Theatre in/and Modernity’ symposium. Speakers included Kathy Hall (London Jing Kun Opera Association), and Ashley Thorpe (Royal Holloway). Organised by Glenn Odom.

Events 2013-14

  • 25 October 2013 – ‘Rethinking Economies’, an evening of talks and performance. Participants included: Tim Jeeves (Lancaster University), Eve Katsouraki (University of East London), Sophie Nield (Royal Holloway, University of London), and Nicholas Ridout (Queen Mary, University of London). Organised by Gigi Argyropoulou and Katerina Paramana.
  • 20 November 2013 - Claudia Kappenberg (University of Brighton) ‘Syncope’.
  • 9 December 2013 - ‘Methodologies in Motion’ with Stefano Harney, Fred Moten, authors of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and Laura Harris.
  • 15 January 2014 - Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, ‘Rebelling Against Limit, a lecture concert’ (Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells). This event marked Jonathan Burrows’ role as Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance at University of Roehampton.
  • 18 January 2014 – ‘The Chelsea Event’ (Chelsea Theatre in collaboration with Francis Alexander). Participants included: Tara Fatehi Irani, Renata Gaspar, Mariella Greil, Lisa Hinterreithner, Irene Liveriani, Niki Orfanou, Charlotte Poos, Zoya Sardashti, Jack Tan and Maria Yanez-Lopez.
  • 1-2 March 2014 - Johanna Linsley (University of Bristol), ‘Eavesdropping: a practical workshop’, two-day workshop.
  • 19 March 2014 - Laurie Beth Clark (Art Department, University of Wisconsin) and Michael Peterson (Department of Theatre and Drama, University of Wisconsin), ‘Present and Posthumous: A Structured Conversation about Memory and Human Rights’
  • 26 March 2014 - Research Roundtable ‘Practice as Research’ chaired by Graham White (University of Roehampton). 
  • 5 June 2014 - Postgraduate Research Symposium. Participants included: Andre Amalio, Renata Gaspar, Irene Liverani, AnnaMaria Pinaka, Mariel Jana Supka and Sabine Priglinger.
  • 11 June 2014 - Paul Castagno (University of North Carolina Wilmington), ‘Re-evaluating Ayckbourn’.

Events 2012-13

  • 2 March 2012 - Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment / Visiting Professor, University of Roehampton 2010-12), ‘An End is Not The Start of Something (Reading & Speaking)’.
  • 30 October 2012 – Rebecca Schneider (Brown University), ‘The Pause that Refreshes’.
  • 13 November 2012 - Mary Jo Lodge (Lafayette College, Pennsylvania), ‘On Bursting into Song and Other Perils of the Musical’.
  • 11 December 2012 - Joe Kelleher (University of Roehampton), ‘You promised me ten thousand people: performance, hospitality, and the ecological thought’.
  • 29 January 2013 - Emma Dowling (Department of Criminology and Sociology, Middlesex University), ‘The Waitress, A Performance/Salon’.
  • 11 February 2013 – ‘A John Cage Valentine’ with David McAlpine (UCL), and Fabrizio Manco (Portsmouth / Roehampton).
  • 25 February 2013 - Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, ‘Show & Tell’ (Lilian Baylis Studios, Sadler’s Wells). This event celebrated Burrows’ appointment in Drama as their Honorary Visiting Professor (2012-14).
  • 19 March 2013 – Mary King (Artist in Residence, Southbank Centre), ‘The Voice and Something More’.
  • 22 March 2013 – ‘Methodology in Motion: Vowels that Growl’ with Jill Casid (Professor of Visual Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison).
  • 29 April 2013 - James Hamilton (Professor of Philosophy, Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas), ‘Theater, Dance, Performance, and Time’. This event was co-organised by The Centre for Dance Research.
  • 29 May 2013 – Karmenlara Ely (Østfold University College/Norwegian Theater Academy), ‘Heaps of Memories’.
  • 3 June 2013 - ‘What is under construction is already a ruin’, an evening of lecture-presentations by Eleonora Fabião (Federal University Rio de Janeiro) & Augusto Corrieri (University of Roehampton), chaired by Adrian Heathfield (University of Roehampton). This event was supported by Santander Bank.

Events 2010-12

  • 14 December 2010 – ‘Open Recording Session / Hearing Things Radio Series’, BS Johnson’s The Unfortunates adapted for BBC3 by Graham White (University of Roehampton) Shuffle Night / Critical Radio.
  • 21 November 2010 – Ella Finer (University of Roehampton), ‘Material Voice in Pitch Black’.
  • 11 January 2011 - Lin Hixson (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Roehampton), ‘Performing The Investigation: Notes From The First Two Years Of Every House Has A Door’.
  • 23 February 2011 - Postgraduate Lab Night.
  • 19 March 2011 – ‘Study Day on Curation and Performance’ with Jose Sanchez (Visiting Professor, University of Roehampton).
  • 21 March 2011 – Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment / Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Roehampton), ‘Real & Imagined / Seen & Unseen.
  • 22 March 2011 - Spencer Golub (Brown University), ‘Wittgenstein and Drama’. Co-hosted by the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
  • 23 March 2011, John Newling, ‘Liminality, Slow time, Uncertainty and Me: Transformative potential in the complex workings of everyday life'.
  • 27 April 2011 - ‘On Spectating, Spectators and Reception’.
  • 4 May 2011 - Bojana Kunst (University of Hamburg) and Danae Theodoridou (University of Roehampton), ‘A wasted encounter’. Part of the research project ‘Seizing the Time in the Contemporary Performance’, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris.
  • 23 May 2011 - Four Second Decay [Matthew Fink and P. A. Skantze] and Ann Pellegrini (NYU), ‘Devotional Dialogues’.