Forthcoming events

We curate a diverse programme of events, consisting of workshops, seminars, lectures, symposia and performances.  The majority of our events are open to public audiences. Unless otherwise stated, they are free of charge to attend, and take place in Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square. Some of our events during the course of a year will address a particular research theme. For 2018-19, our theme is displacement.

Symposium: Depicting Donbas: Creative and critical responses to the war in Ukraine

On Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April 2019, we host Depicting Donbas: Creative and critical responses to the war in Ukraine, a series of three events over two days exploring how artists across genres are responding to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

  • On Thursday 25 April from 6-7:30pm we host Ukrainian writers Iryna Shuvalova, Iryna Starovoyt, and Olena Styazhkina for a reading and discussion of their works. The reading will take place in the Masaryk Room at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
  • On Friday 26 April from 10am-4:45pm we hold a symposium at Birkbeck School of Arts featuring presentations and discussion with Ukrainian writers, theatre artists, photographers, filmmakers and academics on the role of creative practice during times of conflict. Click here for more details on speakers and details of the programme.
  • Following the symposium Friday 26 April from 7-9pm the Centre presents a documentary theatre performance from Ukraine’s Theatre of Displaced People written and performed by Alik Sardarian and Natalia Vorozhbyt, directed by Georg Genoux.

The reading, the symposium, and the evening performance are all free and open to the public.

Registration is required. Symposium participants will be given priority for attendance at the evening performance on Friday 26 April. Separate tickets for the performance will be released at a later date pending availability.

To register, click here.

For more info please contact the conference organisers Molly Flynn (Birkbeck) and Uilleam Blacker (UCL).

Depicting Donbas is made possible with support from Birkbeck Research Centres Collaboration Fund, UCL Octagon Small Grants, Birkbeck School of Arts Strategic Research Fund, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary TheatreBirkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community, and Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality.

Her Figure a Song

UPDATE: Owing to circumstances beyond our control, Her Figure a Song will be rescheduled for the Summer term.

Her Figure a Song is a new piece of performance by Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins.

Part experimental documentary, part eco-fable, part detective thriller, the piece stages an extended eavesdropped investigation of the East Coast of the UK. Her Figure a Song listens in on political, social and cultural dynamics; industries and infrastructures; contested histories and futures that are under negotiation. The 50-minute long piece combines spoken text, recorded sound, vocalisation and choreography. Complex ideas and dynamics are balanced by deadpan humour, a sense of unpredictability and a dramaturgy of surprise.

Stolen Voices is an ongoing artistic research project by Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins using ‘eavesdropping’ as a methodology for connecting performance, place, and sonic investigation. Stolen Voices has created substantial site-specific works for the town of Seaham, County Durham and the city of Aberdeen, with support from Arts Council England and local partners, and has worked with the Live Art Development Agency and SPILL Festival of Performance to conduct extensive artist workshops in Felixstowe and Bournemouth. The artists have been supported by Sound & Music and Snape Maltings on a series of collaborations with composers and sonic artists which are being compiled into an album for release in 2019. Linsley and Collins are currently completing a book arising from the project.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

GRiT: Graduate Research in Theatre

Graduate Research in Theatre is our termly research seminar, featuring presentations by visiting scholars, faculty and graduate students. There is no need to book in advance to attend.

  • Wednesday 28 November, 4-5pm (Keynes Library): Alyson Campbell (University of Melbourne)
  • Wednesday 13 February, 4-5pm (Room 106): Daragh Carville (playwright, screenwriter and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck)
  • Wednesday 20 March, 4-5pm (106): Sasha Dovzhyk (Birkbeck)
  • Wednesday 8 May, 4-5pm (106): Hannah Barton (Birkbeck)

London Theatre Seminar

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre also supports London Theatre Seminar, hosted by the Institute of English Studies at Senate House. For the schedule of seminars for 2018-19, click here.