Monthly Archives: June 2015

Performance and Phenomenology Book Launch


York St John Theatre Lecturer Eirini Nedelkopoulou has published an edited book with Maaike Bleeker and Jon Foley Sherman entitled ‘Performance and Phenomenology: Traditions and Transformations’.

Eirini Nedelkopoulou (L) & Maaike Bleeker (R) speaking at the ‘Performance & Phenomenology’ Book Launch, Grey’s Court Hotel, York

Published by Routledge the book offers a timely discussion about the interventions and tensions between two contested and contentious fields, performance and phenomenology, with international case studies that map an emerging 21st century terrain of critical and performance practice. Building on the foundational texts of both fields that established the performativity of perception and cognition, Performance and Phenomenology continues a tradition that considers experience to be the foundation of being and meaning. Acknowledging the history and critical polemics against phenomenological methodology and against performance as a field of study and category of artistic production, the volume provides both an introduction to core thinkers and an booklaunch2expansion on their ideas in a wide range of case studies. Whether addressing the use of dead animals in performance, actor training, the legal implications of thinking phenomenologically about how we walk, or the intertwining of digital and analog perception, each chapter explores a world comprised of embodied action and thought. The established and emerging scholars contributing to the volume develop insights central to the phenomenological tradition while expanding on the work of contemporary theorists and performers. In asking why performance and phenomenology belong in conversation together, the book suggests how they can transform each other in the process and what is at stake in this transformation.

Goodbye to Class of 2015


As Create 15 ends and we begin to sort through the documentation and the year ends, sadly, we also have to say goodbye to our graduating students. Fortunately for us, our students are creative and so one student, Jess Chaney, wrote a poem to best express the thoughts of a year group moving on from their degree, Thank Jess!

When I first arrived here three years ago

I didn’t know what to expect

Of course welcome workshops

From the influence of Bertolt Brecht

Break the ice name games

With loud sounds and gestures

Fresh faced artists ready to party

And fall asleep the next day in lectures

We were all brimming with excitement

Which was easy to exclaim

We were moving into new territory

Knowing no day would be the same

Coming into University

Like everyone else, I was scared

I just wanted to make work

As long as somebody cared

If i could tell something to a younger me

This time three/four years ago

I would say ‘be kind to yourself

Allow space for your mind to grow’

As theatre makers we learn and are aware

We make by doing

Gather in the pub

To celebrate the work we share.

Theatre and the arts could change the world

You’ll find So let’s start somewhere

and start, by changing our minds.