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 the Performing Space, Conference and Workshops, organised in collaboration with the Department of Performing and Digital Arts, Department of Theatre Studies of the University of the Peloponnese, will take place once again at the Park Hotel, Nafplio (Greece). Researchers, students, artists and professionals will present their work at this exceptional event, which will also include four different workshops and various performative events. Attendance to the conference and the presentation of the results of the workshops will be free of charge.

The language of the conference and workshops will be English.

 

For more information: info@performingspace.org

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Performing Space 2024 Programme

Wednesday, 3 July

9:00       Registration

9:15       Welcome address

First Session. Spatial Performativity

Chair: PhD(C) Alba Balmaseda Domínguez

9:30       Dr Dragana Konstantinović. Architecture Plays! Spatial Narratives in Architectural Documentary.

9:38       Gosia Miernik. The Spatial Performativity: Unveiling the Dialogue Between Space and Human Experience Through Embodied Imagery.

9:46       Dr Miljana Zeković. The Liminal Revival: Towards the Non-extractive Spatial Practice.

9:54       Dr María del Pilar Pastor Altaba. It’s not Just Another Pile of Old Stones.

10:04     PhD(C) Damaskini Bogri. Medical Performance in the Asklepieion of Epidaurus.

10:12     Discussion

10:22     Coffee break

Second Session. Performative Space

Chair: Dr Athena Stourna

10:40     Prof Dorita Hannah. Towards a Theory of Performative Spacing.

10:55     Dr Tyrone Grima. Performative Spaces and Queerness in Malta: 1973-1990.

11:10     Dr Kathrine Sandys. Margins, Edges, Borders and Botany.

11:25     Andreas Skourtis. Performing Architectures: Space as Protagonist in Performance Design and Embodied Scenographies – Methods and Practices.

11:40     Prof Olav Harsløf. The Body in the Theatre - The Body on the Operating Table. Super Hospital With Performative Entertainment.

11:55     Discussion

12: 15    Break

Third Session. Spatial Embodiment

Chair: Dr Pablo Berzal Cruz

12:25     Dr Maria Konomi. Performing Objects in Public Space: Material Agencies and Performance Pedagogies. 

12:40     Dr Adonis Volanakis. A Space for Prophecies. 

12:55     Dr Rafik Patel. Circumambulating the Kaaba: Drawing the Space of the Heart.

13:10     PhD(C) Niya B. Emplacement, Myth, and the Performing Body: Exploring Trans Ecologies in the North-East Peloponnese.

13:25     Dr Gina Giotaki. Embodying the Site: Architectural Structure, Tridimensionality and Soundscape.

13:40     Discussion

14:00     Lunch

16:00 – 20:00     Workshops

Dr Adonis Volanakis. The Body Image Workshop

Prof Dorita Hannah. Mediterranean Spacing Workshop

Prof Alberto Morell, Dr KIMVI Nguyen and Dr Gina Giotaki. Space-Consciousness Workshop

21:00     Opening party

Opening Ceremony. Performance by KIMVI Nguyen

Thursday, 4 July

Fourth Session. On the Collective

Chair: Dr Philip Hager

9:00      PhD(C) Howl Yuan. Artists Home Swap: A Practical Examination of Artist Residency as an Embodied Space for Cultural Exchange.

9:08      Dr Andrés Garcés Alzamor & Ingrid Skåland Lia.Kinesis: Intangible Geometry Between Body and Place.

9:16       Dr Prokopios Orfanos.Performance, Social Space and Hospitality: Sociological Investigation of Participatory Art.

9:24       Dr Christina VasileiouSpaces of Care: Exploring the Performance of Caring as a Teacher With a Doll’s House.

9:32       Discussion

9:40       Break

Fifth Session. Memory and Belonging

Chair:  Dr Bill Psarras

9:48       Eleni Tsantali, Dr Sofia Almpani & PhD(C) Georgia-Konstantina Atzampou. Exploring Collective Memory and Trauma Through a Site-Specific Performance at Lazaretta.

9:56       Dr Eftihia Mihelakis & Dr Lucille Toth. Performing DNA Spacing:Technopoiesi, Posthumanist Feminism, and Dissonant Genealogies.

10:04     Zoe Drakopoulou. "As strangers". From the Collective to the Personal. Awaking Memory and Trauma in the Streets of Kalamata.

10:12     PhD(C) Frida Robles Ponce. Buhlebezwe Siwani: Sangoma Practices Towards the African Land.

10:20     Discussion

10:28     Coffee break

Sixth Session. Regular. Liminal Territories

Chair: Dr Maria Mikedaki

10:40     Dr Dimitri Szuter & Rennie Tang. Exploring Performative Liminality.

10:55     Dr Eirini Koumparouli. Approaching Threshold Spatialities: The Example of the Theatrical Workshop “I Want to Fly” of Eleonas Refugee Camp.

11:10     PhD(C) Lucy Petchell. Becoming a City-Body: Embodying Space in Urban Environments.

11:25     Dr Bill Psarras. Performing Between Terra and Aqua: Reflections on Edge, Boundaries and Drifting.

11:40     Dr Gretel Taylor. Revealing and Reckoning: Curating Place-Responsive Performance on Country.

11:55     Discussion

12:15     Break

Seventh Session. The Politics of Space 

Chair: Dr Gina Giotaki

12:25     Dr Tony McCaffrey. Renegotiating Theatrical Space Through Learning Disabled Theatre.

12:40     Dr Philip Hager. Performing Dissent in the Streets of Globalisation: The Right to the City.

12:55     Dr Marta Ostajewska. Indigenous Artistic Collectives as a Radical Place of Resistance (R.I.S.E, Winter Count, Postcommodity and yəhaw̓).

13:10     Dr Ece Canlı.Captive Performativities: Art and Body in the Carceral Context.

13:25      Jon McKenzie.DASEIN DESIGN. Platform Performativity and Making Cures.

13:40     Discussion

14:00     Lunch break

16:00 – 20:00     Workshops

Prof Dorita Hannah. Mediterranean Spacing Workshop

Prof Alberto Morell, Dr KIMVI Nguyen and Dr Gina Giotaki. Space-Consciousness Workshop

22:00     “Drinks Meeting” (Not included in the registration fee)

Friday, 5 July

Eighth Session. Women's Space

Chair: PhD (C) Alba Balmaseda Domínguez

9:00       PhD(C) D’Arcy Newberry-Dupé. Hosting: Home Truths

9:08       Dr Ufuk Soyöz & PhD(C) Aycan Kızılkaya. Bathing in the Ghost Hamam of Napflio: Remembering Greece’s Ottoman Heritage.

9:16       Hanadi Al-Samman. Inscribing Muslim Women’s Body Spaces.

9:24       Discussion

9:32       Break

Nineth Session. Walking in the City

Chair: Prof Alberto Morell Sixto

9:40       Dr Višnja Žugić. Co-Performing City: An Urban-Topographic Rotation as an Act of Reclaiming Public Spaces.

9:48       Irini Kalogeropoulou. Cityphonic Walks: Unveiling the Sonic Performativity of Everyday Life in the Urban Landscape.

9:56       Katerina Kataki.Familiarizing the City.

10:04     PhD(C) Daniel Dilliplane. Walking Tour Performance as Reparative History: Aya Shabu’s Black Wall Street of Durham, NC.

10:12     Discussion

10:20     Coffee break

Tenth Session. Performing the Stage and the Environment

Chair: Dr Christina Zoniou

10:40     Dr Andrea Moneta & Dr Maurizio Crocco. Performing Architecture: Realising Sustainable Environments Through the Hybridisation of Theatre and Architecture Practice.

10:55     Dr Rafaël Magrou. Moving Spectators in Performing Spaces: The Auditorium Dislocated Into the Stage, or Vice Versa.

11:10     Aristotelis Kaleris. In Search of Lost Landscapes: Mt. Agchesmos in Athens and the Shift from Performative Perception to Official Cartography. 

11:25     PhD(C) Alessandro Di Egidio. The Enabling Conditions: The Emergence of Performance From the Halprin Fountain to the Bridges of Venice.

11:40     PhD(C) Manuela Ciangola. Space as Event. From Lina Bo Bardi’s Oficina Theather to Giancarlo Mazzanti’s Santa Fé Hospital.

11:55     Discussion

12:15     Break

Eleventh Session. Performing Architecture

Chair: Prof Dorita Hannah

12:25     Dr Stavros Alifragkis & Dr Kalliopi Chourmouziadou. Pavillon Relancé: Re-Tracing Leisure Modalities – Inhabiting the Archive.

12:40     Dr Rodrigo Tisi. Rethinking Performance and Space: A Seven-Factor Methodology to Design Alternative Worlds.

12:55     Dr José Vela Castillo, PhD(C) Óscar Valero Sáez, & Elena Pérez Garrigues. Performative Spaces of the Quotidian.

13:10     PhD(C) Alba Balmaseda Domínguez. Performing Water. Bathing in Public Space.

13:25     Dr Pablo Berzal Cruz. Architects Do it Better, or They Should. Understanding the Environment Through Performance.

13:40     Discussion

14:00     Lunch break

16:00 – 20:00     Workshops

Dorita Hannah. Mediterranean Spacing Workshop

Alberto Morell, KIMVI Nguyen and Gina Giotaki. Space-Consciousness Workshop

Christina Zoniou. Hippolytus Site-Specific

20:00     Epidaurus Festival (Not included in the registration fee)

Saturday, 6 July

Twelfth Session. Activating the Senses

Chair:  Dr Tyrone Grima

 9:00      PhD(C) Türküler Topal. Another Stage is Possible: Theatre Venues Outside the Theatre Buildings.

9:08       PhD(C) Ioanna Markela Chalkia. Phycology of Visual Perception: Exploring How 
Theatrical Space Influences Emotion and Perception. The Dual Role of the Ancient Theatre of Pleuron.

9:16        Sofia Alexiadou. Light as Invisible Architecture: The Case of Ritsos’ Moon Sonata at the Athens Festival.

9:24       Ermina Apostolaki. Singing, Space, Focus: Live Singing as a Concentration Tool and a Definition Factor for Spatial Conditions in Site-Based Performances.

9:32       Katarzhina Zakharova. Scenography and Common Concerns of Humankind: Performance Design as a Source of Implicating the Audience.

9:40      Discussion

9:50      Break

Thirteenth Session. Site-Specific 

Chair: Dr Athena Stourna

9:58       PhD(C) Cristiana Minasi. Embodiment of Landscape.

10:06     PhD(C) Camille Tolila Mercier. Theatre Site Specific and Sociology of Chicago.

10:14     PhD(C) Ilias Sapountzakis. Theatre of Dionysus: A Performance and Reflexive Space.

10:22     Dr Eleni Gkini & Areti Petropoulou. Literature as the Occasion and Content of Site-Specific Performance.

10:30     Mat Diafos Sweeney & Sebastian Peters-Lazaro. Four Larks’ Katabasis: Imagining Ancient Mystery Rites as Promenade Opera in Los Angeles.

10:38     Discussion

10:48     Coffee break

Fourteenth Session. Reflections on Performance Space

Chair: Dr Christina Zoniou

11:05     PhD(C) Stella Christofi. Enacting Image (Denkraum) by the Wind: The Invisible in Mavroidis Landscapes to Fassianos’ s and Gyparakis Installation.

11:20     PhD(C) Mark Turner. Directing Tempest Masque: Orchestrating the Classical and the Carnivalesque Chorus in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

11:35     PhD(C) Attila Antal. Corporeality of Space vs. Spatiality of Bodies: Site-Specific Dance on Film.

11:50     Prof Liviu Dospinescu. Spatial Settings and their Performative Function: Enhancing the Spectator’s Experience.

12:05     Discussion

12:20      Break

Fifteenth Session. Cyberspace

Chair: Dr Andrea Moneta

12:30     Dr Katerina El Raheb, Dr Anastasios Theodoropoulos & Panagiotis Papadopoulos.Extending the Performing Space Through Virtual Reality.

12:45     Dr Miral Mahgoub al-Tahawy. Anonymity in Virtual Space: Exploring the Representation of Female Body Through Virtual Identities in Contemporary Saudi Women’s Writing.

13:00     Dr Elina Roinioti. Let’s Get Phygital? Playformance and Spatiality.

13:15     PhD(C) Khairul Kamsani. Embodied Cybernetic Actor Training.

13:30     Dr Emmanouela Vogiatzaki Krukowski. Cyborgism as a Method of Transforming the Body Into a Performing Space: Actions, Interactions and Interpretations Discussion

13:45     Discussion

14:00     Conclusion

14:15     Lunch break

16:00 – 20:00     Workshops

Dorita Hannah. Mediterranean Spacing Workshop

Alberto Morell, KIMVI Nguyen and Gina Giotaki. Space-Consciousness Workshop

20:30     Closing party

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

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

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