[dance-tech] announcing Artaud Forum III (2013) at Brunel University

  • From: Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:24:46 +0000


Theatre and Resonant Politics


Saturday, March 23 - Sunday, March 24, 2013

A two-day conference and performance laboratory

held at the Antonin Artaud Performance Centre

Brunel University, Uxbridge, West London (UK)

D e t a i l e d  P r o g r a m will be posted at:



deadline for proposals: 15 December 2012

The third ARTAUD FORUM on Theatre and Resonant Politics examines theatre as a 
site of disciplining bodies towards participation in political regimes – as 
well as a site in which bodies, resonating with each other, might resist. The 
lens of corporeal/bodily resonance opens up questions of performance training, 
spectatorship and affect, which this symposium explores through a series of 
practical workshops, performances, paper panels, roundtable discussions, and 
keynote presentations. It brings together international theatre, performance 
and sound artists, musicians, digital artists, theorists and researchers 
engaged in creative practices that reflect on major innovative performance 
traditions of the past century and their impact on current performance 
knowledge and physical techniques. We invite proposals for presentations that 
engage with this corporeal-political theme. 

Thematic Focus

‘Resonance’ in everyday usage implies a quality of ‘generating significance’: 
the ability to evoke images, memories, affects and emotions. In acoustics, it 
implies the intensification of sound, when that sound vibrates sympathetically 
with its receptor and surrounding objects. A resonant politics, then, might 
imply a quality of sympathy and receptivity among persons – a mode of being 
together and being-in-common outside of ideologies. When we resonate with each 
other we share a commonality that does not do away with individuality and 

Recent political events including the ‘Arab Spring’ and the Occupy movement 
around the world demonstrate the power and relevance of resonant politics. The 
sympathetic reverberations of Occupy from New York to Bradford and the Arab 
Spring to the ‘Printemps érable’ of Québec show a sense of commonality that 
does not rely on identification with political parties, leaders or ideologies. 
Rather, such events are instances of large-scale corporeal resonance — a 
sympathetic vibration between the bodies amassed in the public square, the 
park, the occupied lecture room. 

Theatre is an art-form that trades primarily in the shared assembly of bodies, 
onstage, and in the audience, and is therefore an ideal site to examine 
resonant politics on a smaller scale. Yet examining resonant politics through 
theatre and theatrical events also opens up the possibility of the 
appropriation of resonance by states and nodes of power. The London 2012 
Olympic Opening Ceremony with its spectacle of mass-movement called upon the 
citizenry of the United Kingdom to ‘move this way’ while simultaneously 
repressing dissent (the arrests of Critical Mass protestors outside of the 
stadium gates). Pageants and military spectacles use the technologies of 
theatre to create a shared corporeal resonance in the service of national 
ideals. As a form that brings bodies together, theatre can be seen as a 
technology of subjectivisation, which disciplines, trains and moulds bodies in 

The symposium and physical theatre workshop are composed of dialogue and 
performance practice, intermixed with film screenings, performances and 

Proposals for performative presentations and papers are welcome, as well as 
traditional papers and presentations that combine traditional, performative and 
video elements. All presentations must be no longer than 15 minutes in length.


Curated and organised by Dr Broderick Chow & Prof Johannes Birringer (Brunel 

Send proposals to broderick.chow@xxxxxxxxxxxx or johannes.birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx


This event is sponsored by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance 
and supported by the Brunel School of Arts and Brunel University Graduate 


Prof. Johannes Birringer
Director, Center for Contemporary and Digital Performance
School of Arts 
Brunel University
West London 
UB8 3PH   UK
+44  (0)1895 267 343  (office)

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