Performing Space: Dublin Theatre Festival Symposium

13 August, 2014

Performing Space: Dublin Theatre Festival Symposium

Co-organised by Siobhán O’Gorman and Noelia Ruiz, with Gail Weadick and Brian Singleton, this day-long symposium examines the power of performance to transform any space into a kinetically-charged place. A series of exciting panels will respond to the idea of ‘making scenes’ in relation to identities, politics, geographies, technologies and histories. Bringing together a range of practitioners, designers and academics from Ireland and beyond, Performing Space explores the landscape of scenography in its evolution from past to contemporary applications.

Speakers include: Sodja Lotker, director of the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space; Aoife Monks, author of The Actor in Costume (2010);Anna McMullan, leader of the AHRC-funded Staging Beckett project – a pilot for a UK-wide performance database involving collaboration between the Universities of Reading and Chester, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum; Chris Morash, co-author of Mapping Irish Theatre: Theories of Space and Place (2013); a roundtable of performers and performance designers; a special guest panel encompassing members of Pan Pan theatre company; and many more Irish and international experts on the subject of performing space.

Performing Space offers a range of perspectives relevant to contemporary and historical performance design, in addition to issues of space, place and evental processes. Topics for discussion include: scenographic compositions; performance, architecture and public space; documenting scenography; bodies in space; and practice-based considerations of space and scenic production. Ongoing throughout the symposium will be an exhibition of Pan Pan Theatre’s scenography. Performing Space will be of particular interest to theatre-makers, students and researchers. This public event, presented in association with Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, is kindly supported by Fáilte Ireland and the Trinity Visual and Performing Arts Fund.


Following the symposium, at 7pm, The Irish Society of Theatre Research will launch a selection of new volumes on Irish Theatre and Performance.


Venue: TrinityLong Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin

Date: 9 Oct 2014, 9.00 am

Tickets: €15. Early booking is advised due to limited capacity. Includes light lunch, refreshments and wine.

Booking: Online, by phone +353 1 677 8899 or in person at the Dublin Theatre Festival box office, 44 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

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