The Performance Research Forum (PRF)

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A meeting ground between contemporary practitioners, researchers, students and staff in the college as well as the general public via a programme of cutting edge talks, events and performances.

A PRF event might be the sharing of a work-in-progress, a platform for decoding an unfamiliar form, or the opportunity for an artist to show and discuss their work with the audience. The Performance Research Forum offers two programmes per year. These reflect the breadth of our department’s curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels: embracing as we do Live Art, multimedia and dance theatre alongside the theatre as a literary form. Crucially, it emphasises our attention on focusing our work beyond western cultural traditions to reflect the cultural diversity of our students and the city in which they are studying. 

Performance Research Events, teaching and learning

The PRF is used by Goldsmiths staff and students in various ways: a) as totally extra-curricular b) as part of specific under or post-graduate research c) as material from which to write assignments‌ ‌‌:

"The Performance Research Forum is an excellent new model of imparting knowledge through the representation and discussion of artists' practices within a structured but informal context that is particularly geared to facilitating debate. The artists who have contributed to the PRF are not only eloquent and generous speakers but also represent some of the most influential and innovative practitioners of their generation."

Lois Keidan: Live Arts Development Agency and former performance programmer ICA Theatre London

Recent highlights have included Grotowski wprk from Poland, Noh theatre, Chinese Opera, Kathakali performance by KarunaKaran, who trained Peter Brook’s actors for the Mahabaratha, the provocative body artists Franko B, Ron Athey and Kira O’Reilly, the world-renowned scenographer Sally Jacobs, legendary postmodern American dancers Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer, Pina Bausch’s long-term collaborator Raimund Hoghe, Surinamese theatre artist Alida Neslo, the Director of the Ecole des Sables in Senegal Germaine Acogny and Spanish artist La Ribot. Some UK contributors have included the London International Festival of Theatre, Graeme Miller, Kazuko Hohki, Jonathan Stone, Chitra Sundaram, Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Helen Chadwick, Geraldine Pilgrim, Cindy Oswin, Rose English, Bobby Baker, Brigitte Cirla, Hilary Westlake, Neil Bartlett and Meera Syal.

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Decolonising the Discipline

Tuesday 9 October

Professor Robert Gordon and Professor Osita Okagbue 

Socially Engaged Practice 

Tues 16 October

Gail Babb, Danny Braverman and Sue Mayo

History, Culture and Politics

Tuesday 23 October

Dr Philippa Burt, Dr Clare Finburgh, Dr Ben Levitas and Dr Mischa Twitchin

Speaking the Body

Tuesday 30 October

Professor Anna Furse and Marie Gabrielle Rotie

New Writing and Post-dramatic Dramaturgies

Tuesday 20 November

Dr Fiona Graham, Dr Katja Hilevaara and Dr Deirdre Osborne

Practice, Practitioners and Training Methodologies

Tuesday 27  November

Dr Cass Fleming, Professor Maria Shevtsova and Dr Göze Saner  

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