Thursday, 23 July 2009


One-day event: Thursday 26 November 2009

10 PERFORMANCES is a text-based performance project that will explore the nature of performative writing and its relation to the staged event of performance. 5 established international artists and 5 UK based postgraduate artists will contribute one written work each.

Sharing a concern with language “not as a text, but, as an event”, as Tim Etchells, the artistic director of Forced Entertainment, has aptly noted, the project’s aim is to explore the notion of writing as a way of performing as well as the ways that performance is being elaborated through linguistic and writing processes. The main aim of the artists participating in the project is therefore to expand the forms and ways that one can “make writing perform” (Pollock, 1998:75). Within the project’s frame the page will become the material stage upon which 10 PERFORMANCES are realised.

The five established artists participating in the project are: Barbara Campbell (Australia), Robin Deacon (UK), Matthew Goulish (USA), Akillas Karazisis (Greece) and Cathy Naden (UK).

These artists and 5 postgraduate artists will work individually over a period of two months in order to create 10 PERFORMANCES. The 10 new works will be presented via a one-day event and an interactive website.


Deadline for submissions: Monday 10 August, 6pm
Postgraduates interested in performative writing, particularly those working on practice-led projects in the areas of Live Art, Visual Art, Performance and Contemporary Theatre, are invited to submit proposals.
For further information, enquiries and submissions please write to:

Deadline Monday 10 August, 6pm. 10 performances is in association with Roehampton Drama, Theatre and Performance department and funded by the AHRC ‘Beyond Text’ student-led initiative

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