Death and Performance Symposium

Death and Performance Symposium

SICK! Festival and University of Salford
25th April 2019
9.30 am - 7.30 pm
£25 Waged / £10 Unwaged
New Adelphi Theatre, Salford
New Adelphi Theatre
New Adelphi Building
University of Salford
University Road
M5 4BR
Death and Performance Symposium

Death and Performance Symposium

SICK! Festival and University of Salford

Death and Performance examines artistic practices that explore death, dying and grief. The symposium will reflect on the responsibility that artists may or may not bear to the human subjects of their performances, those who participate in its creation and the audiences who experience the finished works.  As the boundaries between performance practices and other art-forms break down, it is often the demands and sensitivities of subject matter that shape artistic practice and artists’ approaches to aesthetics, research, participation and presentation.

Alongside panel discussions, the symposium includes an opportunity to experience Sheila McCormick’s Death, Dinner and Performance project, which places taboo subjects of death and dying in the conversational context of the dinner table. 


WARNING: Discussion of death and dying





9.30am- 10am: Registration


10.00-11.30: Death & Birth In Our Lives (Chair Tim Harrison)
Mats Staub, Interdisciplinary digital artist (Switzerland)
Prof. Mahesh Nirmalan (Manchester Royal Infirmary’s Critical Care Unit) Steven Eastwood, Documentary Film Maker

11.30-11.45: Break Tea and Coffee available

11.45-1.15: Staging Death and Grief (Chair Tim Harrison)
Video provocation from Lotte Van Den Berg, theatre-maker (Netherlands) Ridiculusmus, Quarantine, Manchester-based creators of theatre, performance and other public events

1.15-2.00: Lunch (provided)

2.00-3.30: Conversations about Death and Grief, the Elephants in the Room (Chair Richard Talbot)
Video: Fevered Sleep, Creators of performances, installations, films, books and digital art, for adults and for children. Dr Sheila McCormick, Academic (University of Salford) and performance-maker Leo Burtin, socially engaged writer, theatre-maker and producer. Ali Wilson, theatre maker.

3.30-3.45: Break
Tea and Coffee available

3.45-4.45: Roundtable, thematic discussion (Chair Tim Harrison)
Contributors to the day’s panel discussion will come together with the audience in an open discussion of ideas and threads emerging from the symposium.

4.45-5.45: Break
Bar open

5.45- 7.00: Death Conversations: Sheila McCormick
Performative event inviting audience members to share and reflect on their own experiences of death, from their first perceptions of mortality to their hopes for their own deaths. Supported by University of Salford

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