Thursday, 13 March 2014, 6.30-8.30pm
Senate Room (Senate House 1st floor)
‘Performing Proximity’: a dialogue with Leslie Hill and Helen Paris
How does proximity between audiences and performers change the nature of live performance? How does it feel? How long can it last? How close is too close?
Exploring the rise of immersive productions that foreground performer-audience relationships, Leslie Hill and Helen Paris draw on their work as performance artists to examine the impact of proximity in performance.
Hill and Paris are Associate Professors of Performance Making in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University and artistic directors of Curious theatre company, produced by Artsadmin, London. Curious projects are global and domestic, sometimes large, sometimes small in scale. Intimacy and a shared sense of encounter with an audience are always an important element. Curious has produced over 40 projects which have been presented by international organizations and festivals including PS122 New York, the Sydney Opera House, Tanzquartier Vienna, Le Couvent des Recollets Paris, Guling Street Avant-Garde Theater Taipei, the Ke Center Shanghai, the National Review of Live Art Glasgow, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival, and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Hill and Paris’s new book, Performing Proximity, Curious Intimacies about the work of Curious is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, Summer 2014.