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Performance and Power: Participation, Pedagogy and Protest With Royal Holloway, University of London

Drama, Theatre & Dance students from Royal Holloway, University of London, photo by Nicola Hewitt-George

Explore how displays of power are produced and contested by creative acts

Join staff and students from Royal Holloway’s Departments of Drama, Theatre & Dance, Modern Languages, English, and Electronic Engineering for three days of interdisciplinary performance and empowering art making.

Repower communities to speak out against political disengagement. Perform in ‘play conversations’ devised by theatre-makers working with intergenerational performers. Empower young people to critique the status quo. Engage with the revolutionary potential of the avant-garde imagination as a means to ‘reconstruct the universe’ (Futurist Manifesto). Overpower dominant structures of memory. Imagine alternative cultures of commemoration by rethinking the visual performance of monuments in space.

Activities place emphasis on collaborative action and creative communities. Come along to explore and explode intersections between power and knowledge, creativity and cultural activism, and performance and political dissent.

Thursday 12 March

Repower: Town Hall Meeting on Participation and Performance

Perform in ‘play conversations’ created by playwright Caridad Svich and use the structure of the town hall meeting to forge connections against political disengagement.

Friday 13 March

Empower: Avant-garde Activism, Propaganda, and Rebellion

Join creative practice sessions and draw on Dada and Futurist forms to generate interdisciplinary dialogues about art and power across cultural and social contexts.

Saturday 14 March

Overpower: Alternative Cultures of Memory and Commemoration

Address the power to ‘re-member’ and the potential of arts and performance practices as means to construct and create alternative collective memories.

About Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London was founded by two social reformers who pioneered the ideal of education and knowledge for all.

Royal Holloway has an emphasis on creative subjects, with outstanding teaching and research across the Schools of Performing and Digital Arts, Humanities, and Life Sciences and the Environment. We welcome students and academics from all over the world, ensuring an international and multi-cultural perspective within a close-knit community and historic campus just outside of London.

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12–14 March 2020

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