Interventions: Winter 2020: Public Health, Politics, and Performance
Between Stolen Breaths: Photography and memory, ritual and writing come together in Vanessa Damilola Macaulay’s inquiry into racialised experiences of breath and breathlessness, from violent anti-blackness to Fanon’s revolution.
Dispatches: 21-09-20: An excerpt from Andrei Kureichik's Insulted. Belarus(sia), written in real-time to the events unfolding around the 2020 Belarus election. Translator John Freedman introduces the piece and the worldwide reading project.
Body States and Cross-territorial Choreographies: Diana Damian analyses Manuel Pelmus and Alexandra Pirici’s Public Collection at Tate Modern in 2016, which addresses artistic labour and mobility to showcase Europeanness in contemporary performance.
Thinking Through and With Learning Disability: In the context of her work with Cyrff Ystwyth, a dance-theatre company, Margaret Ames examines kinaesthesic action as an affective and cultural tool that challenges hegemonic distribution of inclusion.
An Interview with Hancock and Kelly: Hancock and Kelly, interviewed by Jennie Klein, on their new performance, An Extraordinary Rendition, with accompanying photos and video excerpts.
Safety, Risk and Speculation in the Immersive Industry: Anticipating the opening of Hartshorn – Hook and Alexander Wright's immersive adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street, Adam Alston explores ideas of safety, risk, and speculation in the immersive experience industry.
Shadow/Boxing: Robyn Mayol and Ella Parry-Davies’ soundwalk ‘Shadow/Boxing’ takes us on a journey through east London’s Bethnal Green, ghosted by the voices of participants in a Muay Thai-based social care group.
Leaving a Secret Place: In his performative text ‘Leaving a Secret Place’, Raafat Majzoub explores how to shift through transitions between the competing fictive worlds of the powerful and the marginalised.
“It’s Your Whole-Ass Body!”: In this interview, Kelechi Okafor – owner of South London dance studio Kelechnekoff – discusses the transnationalism of twerk, anti-racism and black advocacy in fitness, and transformation in physical culture.
The Dynamic Tensions Physical Culture Show: Broderick Chow presents documentation from The Dynamic Tensions Physical Culture Show, performed at the Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, and explains its intervention into the history of physical culture and fitness.
Interventions 28.3 (October 2018): Alongside this special issue on "Feminisms Now", these online Interventions celebrate the formal and conceptual diversity of both feminist performance and scholarship.
Dissensual Politics of Performance: Andrej Mirčev explores the controversy that greeted Our Violence and Your Violence (2016) when it premiered in Split, Croatia, through Jacques Rancière’s concept of dissensus.
Who’s afraid of Oliver Frljić?: Aljoscha Begrich, dramaturg at Gorki Theater Berlin, reflects on the many Frljić productions and many Frljić’s he has encountered before working on the new Gorki – Alternative für Deutschland.
Teatr Powszechny: Frljić’s theatre playground: Agnieszka Jakimiak, dramaturg on The Curse, reflects on that production and its controversy, arguing that Frljić’s work attempts to dismantle the complicity of representation with power.
Interventions 28.1 (March 2018): Anna McMullan introduces the set of Interventions published alongside this special issue on Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures, co-edited with Graham Saunders.
Interventions 27.4 (December 2017): This issue probes questions of ‘the civic’: the space where citizen meets public. A series of provisional reports from Broderick Chow, Jen Harvie, Simon Bayly, Elaleh Hatami & Sepideh Zarrin Ghalam
Free Dissociations: Simon Bayly, with Johanna Linsley, probe the state of 'contact', relation and non-relation, and the limits of writing for approaching all of these.
Civic Violence: Grappling with Life in the UK: Broderick D.V. Chow, Melissa Blanco Borelli, Bryce Lease, Royona Mitra, Grant Peterson, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, and Joshua Abrams reflect on gaining Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
Interventions 27.3 (November 2017): This issue of Interventions accompanies the Encountering the Digital in Performance special issue. The four pieces explore new approaches to performance and audiences in a changing cultural and political landscape.
Sound Choreographer <> Body Code: Alex McLean and Kate Sicchio reflect on their collaborations around dance and code, focusing on their piece Sound Choreographer <> Body Code, which here uses your computer's microphone to generate choreographic instructions.
Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE): In this playful video, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck interviews Tei Blow and Sean McElroy from Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE) about their use of karaoke, ritual, metaphysics, and media.
Dyspraxic Collaboration: Daniel Oliver and Luke Ferris’ video on/of ‘dyspraxic collaboration’ unapologetically performs the generative possibilities of ‘inattentivity’.
Learning to stand together: In this interview, Elyssa Livergant and the Precarious Workers Brigade consider the relationship between higher education, the cultural industries and labour through the theme of collaboration.
Interventions 26.3 (September 2016): In his Introduction to this issue of Interventions, Adam Alston reflects, post-Brexit, on the prescience of Simon Stephens as an especially European British writer.
Interventions 26.2 (May 2016): This issue of Interventions explores what the digital might offer to performance scholarship, practice, and criticism.
Postmedia Performance: In ‘Postmedia Performance’ Sarah Bay-Cheng offers theatre and performance scholarship a provocation to rethink its approach to making sense of the digital.
Megan Vaughan - Public Twine: Using the interactive storytelling tool Twine, Megan Vaughan brings recent performances, public space and spaces of encounter into conversation.
Possible Public and Private Narratives: Johanna Linsley talks with artist Brian House about his recent projects and the relationship between data gathering, participatory systems and the performance of the private and public.
Interventions 26.1 (February 2016): This issue of Interventions accompanies a special issue of the journal dedicated to the contemporary Scottish playwright and theatre director David Greig.
Dan Rebellato in conversation with David Greig: In this excerpt from a live conversation, Dan Rebellato talks with David Greig about what it's like to have his work critically analysed and the playwright's process of writing The Events (2013).
“CONJURORS! CONJURORS!…Who wrote this!”*: Some Reflections on Lanark: A Life in Three Acts: Victoria E. Price offers reflections on the 2015 production of Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Greig's adaptation of the 1981 Alasdair Gray novel of postmodern Scottish identity.
Welcome to the Fringe: Welcome To The Fringe, a collaboration between David Greig, Forest Fringe, and London’s Gate Theatre, supported Palestinian artists in visiting and presenting at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Butterfly Mind: ‘Butterfly Mind’, a performance-text adapted especially for the web, recreates David Greig’s journey on what he calls ‘an adventure in contemporary shamanic soul retrieval’.
Interventions 25.4 (October 2015): This issue of Interventions focuses on the relationship between ‘practice’ and ‘research’, offering four different case studies in which these concepts are configured in quite different ways.
World Factory: The politics of conversation: In this cross-disciplinary forum, the research project and interactive performance World Factory, directed by Zoë Svendsen, is discussed from multiple perspectives ranging from social geography to marketing.
The Sick of the Fringe: Brian Lobel and Hannah Maxwell assess The Sick of the Fringe, a Wellcome Trust-funded programme of talks and events exploring the relationship between medicine and the arts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Karen Christopher: The duet residencies: Following ‘duet residencies’ with Chris Goode and Lucy Cash, performance-maker Karen Christopher reflects on how the artistic residency might remain open to collaboration, surprise, and even mayhem.
Interventions 25.3 (July 2015): This issue of Interventions is focused on activism and performance and accompanies the print journal’s special issue ‘Theatre, performance and activism: gestures towards an equitable world’.
Domestic Gestures: Jenny Hughes and Simon Parry reflect on a collectively authored blogging project on activist performance, in which 'domestic gestures' emerged as one of its core themes.
Irresistible Images: In this interview Shane Boyle and Larry Bogad reflect on the relationship between performance and protest through a critical exploration of the ‘irresistible image’.
Interventions 25.2 (May 2015): This issue of Interventions looks ahead to the UK General Election on 7 May 2015 and accompanies a newly published Special Edition of the print journal on ‘Electoral Theatre’.
Acts of Voting: A Lexicon: Marilena Zaroulia and Philip Hager compile a ‘lexicon’ on acts of voting, presenting contributions from 26 scholars who explore the ambitions, achievements and economies of voting in Europe.
Celebrating 25 Years of Contemporary Theatre Review: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Contemporary Theatre Review, the current editors have hand-picked a selection of articles from the archive that reflect something of the breadth and distinctive character of the journal. The articles will be freely available until the end of 2015, and are introduced by the members of the editorial team.
Interventions 24.4 (October 2014): Amanda Rogers and Ashley Thorpe, co-editors of the special issue debating the casting of the RSC's The Orphan of Zhao, introduce the online features that accompany the print issue.
Orphan à la Crouching Tiger: In 'Orphan à la Crouching Tiger', Daphne Lei reports on a production of The Orphan of Zhao in La Jolla, California, featuring an all-Asian American cast.
Interventions 24.2 (May 2014): This new website provides a gateway to Contemporary Theatre Review, as well as online Interventions that add to and complement the themes and topics of the journal.
Comment: Sochi 2014: Following on from a special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on the 2012 London Games, Yana Meerzon and Lynne McCarthy address the cultural politics of the Sochi Olympics.
Video: The radical in engaged practices: Watch a collection of artist films and interviews coming out of Beyond Glorious, a symposium that explored connections between experimental forms and socially engaged practices.
Audio: Performance Matters Crossovers: Listen to a dialogue between Gareth Evans, Mike Dibb, Hugo Glendinning, Deborah Levy, and Alan Read, recorded as part of Crossovers, an initiative of the Performance Matters project.