Seminar with Patrick Duggan. Friday March 24, 2017. Organised Hazel Dowling

Patrick Duggan: Defiance, Disruption, Dissent: On the Radical Political Potential of Performance

When: Friday 24th March, 9.30 am- 6pm, followed by dinner

Where: School of Walls and Space 

This seminar seeks to explore the radical political potential of performance, both as an art practice and mode of analysis. Engaging with works that explore the politics of spectatorship through to those which analyse the place and function of performance in relation to crisis, survival and political expression we will look to discern the ‘usefulness’ of performance to understanding, challenging and disrupting dominant political discourses. Moreover, the seminar will work to understand the potential of performance (broadly defined) as a ‘radical’ political practice, and the possibilities and ethics of such an understanding.  

 The day will comprise of:

–          A research presentation and facilitated discussion of day’s topic (responding to / arising from the research paper and the advanced readings)

–          Studio visits

–          A performance-walk task (framed by the topic and earlier discussions), followed by a sharing of materials from the walk and discussion of the day

 Readings in advance:

Dolan, J., 2014. ‘The Discourse of Feminisms: The Spectator and Representation’. In Goodman, L. and de Gay, J., eds., The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance. London: Routledge, pp. 288 – 294

Duggan, P. and Peschel., 2016. ‘Introduction – Performing (for) Survival: Frameworks and Mapping’. In Duggan, P. and Peschel, P., eds., Performing (for) Survival: Theatre, Crisis, Extremity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1 – 13

Duggan, P., 2016. ‘‘Dis-ease’ and the Performance of Radical Resistance in the Maze Prison’. In Duggan, P. and Peschel, P., eds., Performing (for) Survival: Theatre, Crisis, Extremity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 222 – 240

Kershaw, B., 1999. The Radical in Performance: Between Brecht and Baudrillard. Routledge, pp. 89 – 125 (Ch. 3

Patrick Duggan is a researcher at the University of Surrey in England, where he holds the posts of Director of the Institute of Performance; Director of Research, and Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance. He is currently working on two collaborative research projects that deal with fear, anxiety, performance, failure and human error.

He has published widely on the subjects of political activism, the history of the troubles in Northern Ireland and Trauma and Tragedy in performance.

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