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The aim of this one-day symposium is to ask interesting questions about present assumptions to do with cultivating, responding to and retaining an audience for performance work. The rush to make digital all relations between spectator and performer, venue and company, has hemmed in potentially more elastic and considered responses. By quantifying immediate feedback and shaping response into small bits tweetable or facebookable, performance makers and venues for performances risk participating in the very real damage caused by volume: too much, too fast, too immediate also means responses drown under the next request for feedback, easily deleted, easily forgotten.
In advance of this symposium, small groups of academics, scholars, practitioners ‘who go to the theatre and to performance’ will meet to talk about a group of performances seen recently at the Barbican and the Tate. The focus will be to use a form of ‘expertise’ particular to those who think about, write about, teach about and make theatre, performance and exhibitions alongside research about live media. It will also engage those who are in fact their suppliers, upon whom they depend for the continuation of a vibrant performance culture in London and the UK.
This symposium invites the public join the discussion and to think productively about questions such as:
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Please note that there is no disabled access to the Theatre space.
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