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Who Do We Think We Are?: Representing the Human

Papers, Provocations, and Performances

Louise and DanOn Saturday 19th March 2011, postgraduate and early career academics, performers, artists, and practitioners in the fields of drama, theatre, performance, and dance met at the Centre for Creative Collaboration in London for the symposium, Who Do We Think We Are?: Representing the Human. On this webpage you will find links to many (but not quite all) of the papers, provocations, and performances given on the day of the symposium in the form of audio files and/or as PDF files. The PDF files offer written versions of the papers and provocations, and the scripts of the performances. It should be noted that these written documents are offered by the writers and performers in a spirit of generosity, with the request attaching that they be read as documents that were written for presentation and, as such, as offering more informal styles than you would expect from a journal publication. (Note: in all cases, some attempt at referencing has been made but this is sometimes incomplete.) The aim in attaching links, here, to the work that was presented at the symposium is to continue the ambition of the symposium: to contribute to the growing literature, work, and debate in the field of the representation of the human in dramatic, theatrical, performance, and dance discourse.

Julia Workshop 

Biographical information and paper, provocation, and performance abstracts are available in the .

In the autumn of 2011, a call for papers will go out asking all interested participants, delegates, and postgraduate academics and practitioners to share their work in the more formal context of the postgraduate journal, Platform. In the meantime, we invite you to share in the work of the participants of the symposium and to enjoy what you find there.



Tim Crouch and Dan Rebellato in Conversation.

(This is not as advertised: Katie Mitchell was the symposium’s planned guest but she was unavailable to attend.)

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Dan Rebellato. ‘Inhuman, All Too Inhuman’.



Panel 1: Performing (Versions of) Humanity BlackBlueicons 
Shaun May. ‘Equipmentality, Fundamental Ontology, and the ‘Humour of the Human’.  pdf-file-logo-icon Audio 
Benjamin Macpherson. ‘A (Vicarious) Portrait of the Artist: Virtual space, somatic experience and connecting with a Sondheim revival’. pdf-file-logo-icon  Audio 
Paul Hurley. ‘Shamanoid 2.0’. pdf-file-logo-icon  Audio 
Eugénie Pastor. ‘Being Human(s): Little Bulb’s non-virtuosic physicality in Operation Greenfield’.    Audio 
Questions   Audio 


Panel 2: The Politics of the (Post)Human’s Borders BlackBlueicons 
Sophie Lally. ‘Of Mice and Men’. pdf-file-logo-icon Audio
Daniël Ploeger. ‘Representation Beyond the Techno-Normative: A critical approach to hard- and software design in digital performance with biosensors’.   Audio
Yu-Chien Wu. ‘Negotiating with the Skin’. pdf-file-logo-icon  
Lise Uytterhoeven. ‘Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Choreographic Stragies in Apocrifu (2008) as a Distrust of Religious Discourse’. pdf-file-logo-icon  


Provocations Panels: Audio

Challenging Dominant Perceptions

Tina Carter. ‘Re-Presenting the Aerialist in a Post-Superhuman Age’.    
Mark Swetz. ‘Waiting for the Post’. pdf-file-logo-icon  
(Re)Constructing Identity Through Performance

Peggy Shannon. ‘Women and War: Do the ancient Greek archetypes offer 21st century insight?’


(Remaining provocations are not available either via audio file or PDF file. Please see  for abstracts of missing provocations.)



Allie Carr. ‘The Showgirl Speaks!’ pdf-file-logo-icon  
Emily Underwood-Lee. ‘Titillation’. pdf-file-logo-icon  

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