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.

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. Book your free tickets here.

Symposium: Depicting Donbas: Creative and critical responses to the current armed conflict in Ukraine

On Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April 2019, we host ‘Depicting Donbas’, a two-day event exploring how artists across genres are responding to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. In addition to a day of presentations and discussion with writers, theatre artists, photographers, filmmakers and academics on the role of creative practice in times of conflict, the symposium will also include a poetry reading to be held at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies on the evening of Thursday 25 April and a performance by Ukraine’s Theatre of Displaced People at Birkbeck on Friday 26 April. The reading, the symposium, and the evening performance are all open to the public. ‘Depicting Donbas’ is co-organized by the Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community, and UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. For more information, contact symposium co-organiser and Centre member Molly Flynn.

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.

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