Theatres of Contagion: Infectious Performance, Birkbeck 11-12 May 2017

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, London

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM (BST)

  • How have theatre and performance represented, examined or been implicated in the transmission and circulation of medical and psychological conditions?
  • How has our understanding of these relationships and phenomena changed over time, across cultures, including via developments in interdisciplinary practice and inquiry?

At least since Thebes was beset by plague, western theatre has incubated a fascination with its own contagious power. This has extended beyond investigating medical and psychological conditions on stage, to both exploring and protecting against performance’s capacity to transmit ideas, illnesses, feelings and behaviours. This two-day symposium puts the relationship between theatre and contagion under the microscope, to assess it from a range of humanities, medical, psychological and scientific perspectives, and by looking to diverse forms including drama, theatre, live art, dance, musical and cultural performance.

Keynote speakers:

  • Bridget Escolme (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (University of Oxford)

With performances by:

  • Dickie Beau (Re-Member Me)
  • David Slater and Entelechy Arts (BED)

Full schedule to be announced shortly.

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