Thursday 24 June 2021  UK TIME: 13:00-15:00  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

What is LIVE-ness and LIVE?

What happens to theatre when bodies are distant, when here is also there? How are our many senses engaged through the online space? This panel opens up a discussion and insights on how practitioners engage LIVE-ness in their practice?

Panelists: Jill Greenhalgh, Rakini Devi and Maria X
Moderator: Elizabeth de Roza

DATE: Thursday 24 June 2021

UK TIME: 13:00-15:00 – find your local time

LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive the zoom link once you have booked in

LANGUAGES: English with Spanish translation

Jill Greenhalgh is the founding artistic director of the Magdalena Project. She makes performances, primarily with women. She has toured globally for the last 40 years.

Dr. Rakini Devi is an Indian born, Kolkata, and Sydney-based multidisciplinary performance artist. Her work centres on female religious iconography as protest against global misogynist atrocities including female infanticide and global femicide. Dr. Devi is trained in two forms of Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam and Odissi, and from 1991-98 her Kalika Dance Company integrated classical Indian dance forms into a contemporary context. Her doctoral exegesis, “Urban Kali: From Sacred dance to secular performance”, incorporated her three decades of performance and practice led research.

Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) is Professor in Theatre, Performance and Technology and Associate Dean Research & Enterprise at Kingston School of Art, London. Maria has worked as a curator, producer, performer and community organiser in the UK and internationally. She has published and lectured widely, and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

MODERATOR: Elizabeth de Roza is an artist-scholar, performance maker, theatre director and actor-movement trainer. As a practising artist, Elizabeth’s works range from site-specific social engagement to cross-cultural/disciplinary performances and to intense black-box physical performances. She focuses on embodied experiences, thinking and practice through making, embodied cognition and cross-cultural performance at the intersections of both decolonial and feminist theories.

Women Performing Europe

Women Performing Europethe Magdalena Project across borders

Barbara Carvalho

Thursday 24 June 2021  UK TIME: 18:00  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

Barbara Carvalho introduces Women Performing Europe – the Magdalena Project Across Borders – a European Eramus+ partnership with international activities organized by four organisations: Protagon e.V.(DE), Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium /Odin Teatret (DN), Teatro Nucleo (IT), Stowarzyszenie Grupa Artystyczna Teraz Poliz (PL). 

The project aims to bring people together, through the exchange of experiences, learning activities and events, to start a discussion in international level about social inclusion, equality, integration and pioneer practices of feminist education in the cultural field.

DATE: Thursday 24 June 2021

UK TIME: 18:00 – find your local time


LOCATION: Zoom – you will received an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

Barbara Carvalho is an actress, performer, lecturer in theatre and dance. Since 2010 she works in Frankfurt am Main and is part of the collective antagon TheaterAKTion. Previously, she completed a theatre pedagogy education at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. Since 2018 she has been studying for an M.A. in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen. She develops educational and artistic projects with Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance, performance, and physical theatre. For the last five years she has led the International Women’s Theatre Festival – The Magdalena Project in Frankfurt am Main.


Await - Deborah Hunt


Deborah Hunt

Thursday 24 June 2021  UK TIME: 18:30  LOCATION: Zoom

Await” is a short new work of object theatre. Using small, largely found objects, Deborah Hunt explores themes of suspense, ambush, despair and revenge.

This is the first performance of “Await”. The second performance will be on Friday 25 June at 1am UK time – click here for the second performance.

DATE: Thursday 24 June 2021

UK TIME: 18:30 – find your local time

DURATION: 15 minutes

LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive an email with the zoom link once you have registered.

LANGUAGE: mostly non-verbal; a few words in English

Deborah Hunt (NZ/PR) has been a mask performer and puppeteer since 1973 and defines her work as theatre of the useless.

Woman to Woman - letters from home

Woman to Woman - letters from home

Karolina Spaic, ZID Theater

Thursday 24 June 2021  UK TIME: 19:00  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

An Interactive presentation of the project “Woman to Woman – letters from home”.

ZID Theater actresses Naïma Baraka and Claribel Rodriguez will unveil themselves through personal letters, written to inspiring women with whom they missed communicating during corona. This is followed by a discussion about the intimate topics that come forward, in which director Karolina Spaic also participates.

This presentation is part of Women for Women and the writing workshops by Christine Otten, stimulated by the Fonds voor West.

DATE: 24 June 2021

UK TIME: 19:00  – find your local time


LOCATION: Zoom – you will received an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

Karolina Spaic is the director of ZID Theater – City Art & Performance Center, Amsterdam. She is a theatre maker, strategist and bridge-builder, who looks for “out of the box” paths. In 2020 her work in theatre was officially recognised when she received the Dutch royal decoration of Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.

Actresses: Naima Baraka , Claribel Rodriguez and Joske Daamen

Producer: Lot Wuisman


Mobilise / Demobilise

UpStage, Teater InterAkt andSchaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Graz

Thursday 24 June 2021  UK TIME: 20:00  LOCATION: UpStage

Mobilise/Demobilise is an artistic response to a world of increasing conflict, crisis and emergency. Human mobility and the impact of mobile technologies are explored through a series of networked performances, as Covid19 lockdowns and travel restrictions force us to live more and more of our lives online.

This is a work-in-progress presentation. Mobilise/Demobilise wlil present a series of cyberformances in October as part of the launch of the rebuilt UpStage platform.

DATE: Thursday 24 June 2021

UK TIME: 20:00 – find your local time

DURATION: 30 min

LOCATION: UpStage – you will receive an email with the link once you have booked in.

LANGUAGE: English, with some German and Swedish

Mobilise/Demobilise is an international collaboration between UpStage, the online cyberformance venue, Teater InterAkt (Malmö, Sweden) and Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz (Austria), funded by Creative Europe.

Participating artists include:
UpStage: Helen Varley Jamieson, Vicki Smith
Teater InterAkt: Sara Larsdotter Hallqvist, Cecilia Nkolina, Jesper Miikman
Schaumbad: Eva Ursprung, Anita Hofer and Cym.

Teater InterAkt

Schaumbad Freies Atelierhaus Graz


UpStage is an online venue for cyberformance, first developed by the globally distributed cyberformance troupe Avatar Body Collision in 2003. It is currently being completely rebuilt to bring it up to date with the latest internet technologies, and the new platform will be launched in October 2021.

For more information about the rebuild, which is part of the Creative Europe-funded project Mobilise/Demobilise, please visit

Await - Deborah Hunt


Deborah Hunt

Friday 25 June 2021  UK TIME: 1am  LOCATION: Zoom

Await” is a short new work of object theatre. Using small, largely found objects, I explore themes of suspense, ambush, despair and revenge.

This is the second performance of “Await”. The first performance is on Thursday 24 June at 19:30 UK time click here for the first performance.

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 1am – find your local time

DURATION: 15 minutes

LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

LANGUAGE: mostly non-verbal. A few words in English

Deborah Hunt (NZ/PR) has been a mask performer and puppeteer since 1973 and defines her work as theatre of the useless.

Ladyfinger - not just a digital exercise

Not Just a Digital Exercise


Friday 25 June 2021  TIME: 1:30am UK  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

Company directors Dawn Albinger and Julie Robson discuss how Ladyfinger has embraced and resisted the online environment for training and new performance making during the time of the pandemic. Sharing old and new approaches to collaborating and exchanging with artists locally and across Australia, they highlight how their core principle of embodied, somatic enquiry and connection was nurtured on and off the screen.

photos: Lisa Businovski

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 1:30am – find your local time

LOCATION: Zoom – you will received an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish translation

Ladyfinger is a Brisbane-based contemporary performance company that perform, produce and publish. Their works are hand made by women and give voice to the female imaginary. They are also inspired by divas, monsters, lamenters and lullaby makers.

Dawn Albinger is a performance maker with a long history of creating solo and ensemble works, as well as feminist researcher on divas and devising practice.

Julie Robson is an artist, educator and researcher with specialisms in performance making, feminism, siren vocality, and innovation learning.

LANGUAGE: the artist talk will be in English.

More info about Ladyfinger:

It is What it Is

It is What it Is:

Compromising, Pivoting, and Surviving In-Person Instruction During the Pandemic

Maria Porter

Friday 25 June 2021  TIME: 2am UK  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

When I was asked to do an artists’ talk for the festival, I initially refused because I have not made, or performed anything in a couple of years. Then after a bracing conversation with Helen Varley Jamison, I realized that my teaching, especially during the pandemic, constituted an artistic practice of sorts- especially given that we were ‘live’ in studio during the entire academic year. My teaching practice involves all sorts of things that we understand were NOT good ideas during the pandemic: moving around, talking loudly, and singing. I’m going to relate some of the compromises and machinations my colleagues, my students and I developed that not only got us through the year- but potentially enhanced the way we’ve come to understand what we are teaching, and what we are learning.

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 2:00am – find your local time

LOCATION: Zoom – you will received an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish translation

Maria Porter has been a theater educator for over 30 years. As an actor, she has performed in New York and regionally at such theaters as Clubbed Thumb, Salt Theater, Target Margin, Milwaukee Playhouse, The Hangar Theatre, Hartford Stage, Virginia Stage Company, and The Kennedy Center.

Maria is a master teacher of the Suzuki method of actor training, and has integrated it with other acting techniques to create an original pedagogy: a hybrid including elements from Suzuki, Viewpoints, and the Stanislavski tradition. Her first solo, Ennobling Nonna, which integrated this technique in a devised performance, was performed at M.I.T, Brown University, the Perishable Theatre, and as part of the Transit Festival at the Odin Teatret in Denmark.

Her last solo work, The Space Inside, debuted in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been performed at conferences and festivals throughout the United States. Her work demonstrations and master classes in this pedagogy have been featured in festivals and conferences in Wales, Denmark, England, Cuba, Peru, Greece, Spain and Switzerland.

She has directed and co-created several ensemble-based performances that have been featured in festivals in Italy, Canada, Prague, New York and Scotland. Internationally she has directed in Spain, and performed with Teatro delle Radici in Lugano, Switzerland. She has been on the faculty of Long Island University for 27 years, where she is Professor and Director of Theatre. Her book on her original pedagogy, Re-Purposing Suzuki: A Hybrid Approach to Actor Training, published by Routledge Press, will be released in Fall 2021

Prayers of Shaman–Invoking Healing Goddess

Prayers of Shaman - Invoking Healing Goddess

Dimple B. Shah

Friday 25 June 2021  UK TIME: 2:30am  LOCATION: Zoom

Prayer of a Shaman is a performance shamanistic ritual act. It establishes an image of the pandemic goddess who is a healer. The performer attempts to embody the body through a ritual into the goddess of a pandemic. The performer body facilitates transmuting the message to the goddess and in the process becoming goddess itself. The healing is done through various herbal plants. Usually my performances deal with my audience through one to one interaction since every individual has their own psychological and emotional and physical concerns. My work is inspired by reference of goddess image from cultural roots but not directly portrayed, it just hints to the reference of my cultural roots.

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 2:30am – find your local time


LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

Dimple B Shah is a practicing multidisciplinary artist from Bangalore. She studied at MS University, Baroda. Her art practice has developed in painting, printmaking, installation and performance art. She has practiced live performance art for 20 years and widely performed in International festivals and biennales including in Zurich, Paris, Munich, Gothenburg, Lagos, Colombo, Dhaka and many places in India.

2020 has been a most depressing and traumatic year. The Pandemic period due to Covid19 has taken a toll all over the world – almost half a year is gone in lockdown. Bangalore is one of the fastest growing danger cities and I am presently in a containment zone with 6 active cases in my lane. Bangalore has the fastest doubling rate compared to other cities, with no beds in hospital, every lane and corner affected and 3000 home-quarantined Covid patients. This year has been a year of fear and home isolation, most of the time spent in the four walls of our home. I have not gone out since March. This is
traumatic and psychologically we are confronting many things at the same time – on one side disease and the fear of corona virus, and on the other side job survival as an artist. It been very tough without much support from the government, especially in India.
This set of work was created during home isolation.
Performances During Lockdown July –March 2020

Yoga Day2 - 8am UK time

Friday Yoga

with Suzon & Zed

Friday 25 June 2021  UK TIME: 8:00  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGES: English, French, Body

Daily meditation, relaxation, stretching, breathing and laughing, with Suzon and Zed.

Please join us for one session or every day of the festival! Everyone is welcome, regardless of level of experience in yoga. Wear comfortable clothing and have a free quiet space of about 2 metres square around you.

booking for each session

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 8:00 – find your local time

DURATION: 45 minutes

LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive an email with the zoom link once you have registered.

LANGUAGE: English, French, and body language

Booking for each session:

Suzon Fuks is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in performing, visual and digital arts. Her movement practice is influenced by the Feldenkrais Method, Kalaripayattu, and Yoga. She is also a Reiki Master.

Zed Zeldich is the dragKING alter ego of artist Zoe Gudovic. He is getting ready for the festival and the challenge of turning up every day to stretch, mediate and meditate!