Death in Performance Symposium

Death in 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 in Performance Symposium

Death in Performance Symposium

SICK! Festival and University of Salford

Death in 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

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


11.45 – 1.15: Conversations about Death and Grief, the Elephants in the Room

Video: Fevered Sleep, Creators of performances, installations, films, books and digital art, for adults and for children.

Dr Sheila McCormack, Academic (University of Salford) and performance-maker.

Leo Burtin, Socially engaged writer, theatre-maker and producer.


1.15 – 2.00 Lunch


2.00 – 3.30: Staging Death and Grief

Ridiculusmus, London-based unconventional, innovative and accessible theatre.

Quarantine, Manchester-based creators of theatre, performance and other public events.

Dr Richard Talbot, Academic (University of Salford) and theatre-maker.


3.30 – 3.45: Break


3.45 – 5.15: Roundtable, Thematic Discussion

Contributors to the days’ panel discussion will come together with the audience in an open discussion of ideas and threads emerging from the symposium.


5.15 – 6.30: Food and Drinks

Food trucks/ stalls a possibility, bar open.


6.30 – 7.30: Death Dinners: Sheila McCormick

Performing meal 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 the University of Salford.

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