Monday, 30 November 2009

Performance Matters

Image c- Tim Etchells

Performance Matters has launched! Performance Matters is multi-organisation AHRC programme (2009-2012) that 're-thinks why performance matters through the matter of performance'

There are some dialogue projects, viewable online, by related writers, artists and performance practitioners. These projects run simultaneously in between various Performance Matters discussion events, live presentations and symposia. Lots to see and get involved with and we are very excited that the programme has now started!

See the website >>>here<<< for more details on projects, people and activities you can join in with.


Performance Matters is a creative research project exploring the challenges that contemporary performance presents to ideas of cultural value. The project asks whether such forms of cultural practice are now being taken seriously in culture more broadly, and how they may possess the potential to refashion understandings of what, and how, things matter in the contemporary world.

Performance Matters will comprise numerous events and activities: the bringing together of performers and writers in creative dialogue projects; an exciting series of practical workshops; two public international symposia; the publication of a substantial book; the development of two innovative PhD projects; and a series of talks focused around the project’s concerns.

Between 2009 and 2012 Performance Matters will move through three themed years of interlinked research activities, Performing Idea (2009/10), Trashing Performance (2010/11), and Potentials of Performance (2011/2012).

In the first year Performing Idea will investigate the shifting relations between performance practice and discourse, event and writing.
How to get involved

To register your interest and keep up to date with Performance Matters, send an email to with the subject heading ‘Register me’.

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