Forum on The Cultural Politics of the Performative Space


2 Feb 2018 - 3 Feb 2018


10:30am – 6:00pm


Lecture Theatre 3, Science Centre, CUHK


Keynote SpeakersProfessor Octavian Saiu (National University of Theatre and Film, Romania)Professor Richard Hand (University of East Anglia, UK) Invited SpeakersMr. Jarosław Fret (The Grotowski Institute, Poland)Mr. Jasper Huang (The University of Hong Kong)Professor Benny Lim (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)Ms. Svetlana Ilinskaya (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)Ms. Winnie Lo (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)Professor Sukanya Sompiboon (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)Professor Wang Wei-Chih (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)


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The theatre space, where performances take place, is simultaneously an absent space and a present place. As a space, the theatre allows creators to define the imaginative settings based on the story of the performance. Yet, the theatre is also a venue (place) with its own historical and cultural roots. Joanne Tompkins in her book, Theatre’s Heterotopias: Performance and the Cultural Politics of Space, further developed Foucault’s concept of a theatre as a heterotopic space, proposing that a theatre is a real, yet restrictive (and illusive), space where time is suspended. Moreover, it is a space that allows for reaction and reflection to the cultural and social development of its immediate community. With the advent of contemporary performances responding to socio-political issues in their respective societies, this forum seeks to explore the evolving relationships between performance and space.