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
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. https://rakinidevi.net
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. https://www.kingston.ac.uk/staff/profile/professor-maria-chatzichristodoulou-1131/
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. www.elizabethderoza.com