Performing Space is a project that aims to highlight the importance of the corporeality and physicality of space and the interaction of our bodies and their actions with it as the only possibility for human life and development.

Since 2022, Performing Space has been organising an annual international conference and workshop to coherently present and promote numerous studies and works on performance and space from different disciplines, while experimenting with performance in significant spaces in the history of the development of the built environment.

On 3, 4, 5 and 6 July 2024, the third edition of Performing Space, Conference and Workshops will take place once again in Nafplio, Greece, hosted by the University of the Peloponnese. We invite researchers, students, artists and professionals to present their work at this exceptional event and to participate in the workshops and performative events that will take place on the same days as the conference.

The language of the conference and workshops will be English.

Director

Dr Pablo Berzal Cruz. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

 

Executive Committee

Dr Maria Mikedaki. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Athena Stourna. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Christina Zoniou. University of the Peloponnese

Organising Committee

PhD(c) Alba Balmaseda Domínguez. Università degli Studi di RomaTre

Dr Gina Giotaki. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Tyrone Grima. Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology

Dr Philip Hager. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dr Giorgos Kondis. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Andrea Moneta. Nottingham Trent University

Dr Alberto Morell Sixto. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Dr Bill Psarras. University of the Peloponnese

PERFORMING SPACE 2024 CONFERENCE

Conference dates: 3, 4, 5 & 6 July 2024

 

Scientific Committee

Honorary Member: Dr Dorita Hannah. University of Auckland

 

Chair: Dr Athena Stourna. University of the Peloponnese

 

PhD(c) Alba Balmaseda Domínguez. Università degli Studi di RomaTre

Dr Pablo Berzal Cruz. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Dr Gina Giotaki. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Tyrone Grima. Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology

Dr Philip Hager. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dr Giorgos Kondis. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Maria Mikedaki. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Andrea Moneta. Nottingham Trent University

Dr Alberto Morell Sixto. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Dr Eftichios Pirovolakis. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Bill Psarras. University of the Peloponnese

Dr Christina Zoniou. University of the Peloponnese

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

If you would like to take part in the conference and present your work, please send an abstract of 200-300 words to info@performingspace.org using the template you can download here.

 

Suggested threads for the conference are:

Embodiment of space: shaping space with the body, discovering space through movement, the measure of space-the measure of the body, etc.

Performance and space in education and research: spatial methodologies in the performing arts, architects and performance, discovering archaeological space through performance, anthropological performance take place, etc.

Spatial performativity: space speaks to you, phenomenology and space, space and behaviour, etc.

Site-specific performance: performance activates space, performing the stories of the place, performing liminal spaces and no-places, intangible heritage and the place, etc.

Performance space: performance and the theatrical space, performances in the city, alternative performative spaces, performative spaces on the periphery, etc.

Performance in virtual space: performing the augmented space and mixed reality, etc.

 

Abstract submission closed

Acceptance of abstracts:                           8 April

Deadline for payment of fees:             30 April

 

Conference registration fees:


Regular presentations (15 minutes) including publication of a 1,500-word paper in the proceedings.

Professors, staff researchers and specialist staff or professionals:     €120

MA and PhD students:    €80

Professors, staff researchers and specialist staff from the host university or associated universities:    €90

MA- PhD students from the host university or associated universities:     €60

 

Flash talks (8 minutes) including publication of an 800-word paper in the proceedings.

Professors, staff researchers and specialist staff or professionals:     €90

MA and PhD students:     €60

Professors, staff researchers and specialist staff from the host university or associated universities:     €80

MA- PhD students from the host university or associated universities:     €50

 

Attendance at the conference is free of charge

PERFORMING SPACE 2024 WORKSHOPS

Workshops dates: 3, 4, 5 & 6 July 2024
 

The workshops will take place in the afternoons of 3, 4, 5 and 6 July in Nafplio. They are aimed at conference participants, but also at professionals, artists, MA or PhD students or people interested in the embodiment of space and the response of our bodies to the environment. If you would like to apply to participate in one or more of the workshops, please send the completed document, which can be downloaded here, to info@performingspace.org

 

New deadline for submission:    15 April

Acceptance of participants:         22 April

Deadline for payment of fees:    30 April

 

Workshop A

MEDITERRANEAN SPACING

Site-Responsive Actions Exploring Nafplion’s Spatio-Temporal Performativity

Workshop leader: Dorita Hannah

 

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS: from varied disciplines/cultures who are interested in site performativity.

DURATION: 3 days in sessions of 4 hours per day: 1. gathering/sharing; 2. exploring/making; and 3. activating/feasting

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 9 (min.) – 24 (max.)

FEES:

Regular participants: € 75 

MA- PhD students / Conference participants: € 50 

OBJECTIVES: 

Performance is action-in-space and site is space-in-action – together they cohere as performative spacing.

However, our globalised worldview still tends to regard time and space as separable and absolute, generally oblivious to spatial dynamics in daily environments. In Event-Space, Dorita argues that, as a performative entity, “space precedes action—as action”. This requires a relational understanding of place that recognises the fluctuating relationships between objects, people and environments they inhabit. However, none of these are passive entities. They are charged with meaning within the cultural territory of site, which is specific to the sociocultural, political, historical and mythical understandings of place, requiring spatial sensitivity and site-specificity. This 3-day collaborative workshop therefore investigates the relationship between performance and site through embodied exploration. Recognising location as an event in itself – resonating with environmental performativity at macro and micro scales, interdisciplinary groups will explore the coastal environs of Nafplion to consider whether there is such a thing as “Mediterranean Spacing”. This leads to a series of site-responsive actions, ending with a shared meal in the landscape.

WORKSHOP LEADER CV: 

Prof Dorita Hannah is a New Zealand-based designer and independent academic whose practice and research – operating across the architectural, performing, culinary and visual arts – focus on performance space and spatial performativity. Her scholarship and international projects address the dynamics, politics and intermediality of the public realm. Hannah has published on Performance Design and Event-Space, while designing, curating and directing exhibitions, installations, performances, feasts, symposia and workshops. She regularly exhibits at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space, for which she has been Design Director, Architecture Commissioner and Theory Curator. Hannah co-chairs the Performance + Design Working Group for PSi (Performance Studies international) and the Theatre & Architecture Working Group for IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research). 

 

Workshop B

VISCERAL SOULSCAPES 

Through the Body Into Space

Workshop leader: Andrea Hackl

 

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS: from varied disciplines/cultures who are interested in site performativity.

DURATION: 2 days in sessions of 4 hours per day: 1. physical aspect; 2. work with camera.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 9 (min.) – 20 (max.)

FEES:

Regular participants: € 60

MA- PhD students / Conference participants: € 40

OBJECTIVES:

As a choreographer, performer and improviser, dance and working with the human body and movement are for Andrea a primary means of perceiving, exploring, expressing and creating. The process itself is integrated and interrelated with an external environment or an internal space. The space itself is part of and becomes an expression of an inner emotional landscape. The sensory, the kinetic, the sensual are the starting point and the key to her practice and artistic work – be it her performative work or her visual and cinematic work – which is actually an expansion of space, experience and perception. There is an alchemy in the meeting of the different elements. A visceral knowledge. It is poetry in itself. The aim of this workshop is to explore, as a first step, this visceral connection and relationship with space and the others with whom we share it, through snapshot/composition tasks, and as a second step, to explore how this work and exploration can be captured in a sensory way on video.

Steps:

  1. explore physically by ourselves and in partner exercises.
  2. create some material and/or define ideas / principles as basis for improvisation. 
  3. introduction to video dance 
  4.  explore ways to capture the inter/action of body-space on video

WORKSHOP LEADER CV: 

Andrea Hackl is an interdisciplinary artist who creates visual and physical poetry, working internationally as a choreographer, dancer and visual artist/filmmaker. Coming from the world of dance and being a natural mover, her sensory and kinetic experience and perception is essential to her creative path, her exploration and who she is. She plays with multiple layers to travel between the narrative/rational and the abstract/sensory. Working with film opens up a special dimension and allows her to merge the physical/kinetic with the visual, exploring the medium of video and installation. Her short films have won several awards for best dance/experimental film or best choreography, while her performance project Dreamer won best live performance at the Lens Dans Festival.

www.andreahackl.com

 

Workshop C

THE BODY IMAGE

  Workshop leader: Adonis Volanakis

 

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS: open to all those who wish to explore the narratives of space with their bodies.

DURATION: One 4-hour session. 

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 9 (min.) – 25 (max.)

FEES:

Regular participants: € 30

MA- PhD students / Conference participants: € 25

OBJECTIVES:

A 4-hour workshop on our bodies and their spatial narratives.

WORKSHOP LEADER CV: 

Dr Adonis Volanakis is a visual artist and assistant professor at the University of Patras, who studied at the Wimbledon School of Art, Central Saint Martins, the University of Athens and New York University. His practice is a collaborative amalgam of visual and performing arts, human connection and aesthetics, poetry and politics. Since 2003 his work has focused on herstories and since 2006 he has been facilitating blind date, a collaborative platform for coming together. Adonis creates installations, exhibitions, community-based public art projects and performances: USA, UK, Switzerland, Georgia, Greece, France, Canada, Finland, Czech Republic etc. Creating safe spaces for exchange and creativity is part of Adonis' artistic practice and since 2005 he has been teaching and/or researching at universities in Greece, Cyprus, France, USA.

www.adonisvolanakis.com

 

Workshop D

SPACE–CONSCIOUSNESS

Workshop leaders: Alberto Morell Sixto & KIMVI Nguyenwith the collaboration of Gina Giotaki

 

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS: Anyone who is interest in theatre, sculpture, dance, music, performance art, architecture.

DURATION: 4 days in sessions of 4 hours per day.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 9 (min.) – 20 (max.)

FEES:

Regular participants: € 100

MA- PhD students / Conference participants: € 70

OBJECTIVES:

This workshop aims to deepen participants' understanding of their physical and philosophical relationship with space, emphasising the interplay between the body, architecture and artistic expression. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, we will explore how our physical actions in space are deeply intertwined with the reasons behind them, and how our bodies merge with the vastness of our surroundings.

• Exploring space and self: Exploring the complex relationship between the body and its spatial environment.

• Multidisciplinary Learning: Using principles from various disciplines such as architecture, sculpture, dance, music and theatre to provide a comprehensive understanding of space.

• Performance as a tool for understanding: Engaging participants in performance art to deepen their understanding of architectural and sculptural spaces.

• Expression of space through the body: Encourage participants to express their interpretations and experiences of space through their bodies.

• Documentation and reflection: Use modern technology, including mobile phone cameras and drones, to document and reflect on these performances.

• Creating community connections: Foster a community environment that celebrates individual creativity and collective experience.

• Awareness of presence: Emphasise the concept of being aware of space as being aware of one's own presence, thereby promoting a deeper introspection of our role and significance in the vastness of space.

WORKSHOP LEADERS' CVs: 

Prof Alberto Morell Sixto is an architect and professor at the School of Architecture of the Madrid Polytechnic University. For 27 years he has combined his work as an architect, for which he has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 1st European Luigi Cosenza Prize in 2002 and the 1st COAM Prize in 2003, with his teaching activity as a lecturer in architectural design. His research focuses on the origins of architecture and he has presented his work at numerous conferences and in publications such as Despacio (2011), El espacio dinámico (2000) and Diario de un cazador de espacios (2003). For many years he has been interested in the study and practice of yoga philosophy, which in recent years has been integrated into his work on performance and space.

www. ud14km.es/alberto-morell/

Dr KIMVI nguyen is an international visual and performance artist and Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China, since 2022. Kimvi's interests include architecture, performance art, vernacular design, documentation and sustainability. She was recently awarded the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Research Development Fund (RDF) (2023) to further her current research on the interplay between drone technology and performance art. Her work has been exhibited at various venues, including the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival nationwide in New Zealand (2023), and she has received numerous awards, including the Official Selection Winner Award at Archishorts, Architecture & Design Film Festival in Winnipeg, Canada (2022), or the Golden Pear Award - Special Mention at the Cine Plus Performance Art Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2022).

www. kimvi.co

Dr Gina Giotaki is Assistant Professor in dance, choreographic practices and multimedia at the Department of Performing & Digital Arts at the University of Peloponnese. She is a dance artist and certified Somatic Movement Educator. She is a member of the interministerial committee for cultural prescription (Ministries of Culture and Health, Greece), and Research Associate in the NHS Department for Research and Development Northwest (R&D Northwest, UK). Her artistic and research interests focus on theories of embodiment and corporeality and on somatically-informed creative processes in contemporary dance making and performance, in intermedial performance and in community and health contexts. Over the past two decades, Dr. Giotaki has been Senior Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University, at Liverpool John Moores University, and has worked in the Department of Performing Arts at Coventry University (UK) and Ionian University (Greece). As an artist and researcher, she has worked with esteemed artists such as Miranda Tufnell, Katy Dymoke, Andrea Buckley, Angie Walton, Bernard Pierre Louis, and with companies such as English National Ballet, Liverpool Improvisation Collective, Shobhana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Bedlam Dance Company and other.

 

 

 

For more information please write to 

info@performingspace.org

 

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