Dr. Simon Murray, a Theatre Studies lecturer at the University of Glasgow, will give an online presentation on ruins and contemporary performance. As part of the series, Performing Landscapes, Simon has recently published a book entitled Performing Ruins (Palgrave 2021) and will talk about a range of events and projects he discovered whilst researching across several European countries. Simon explored sites of (contemporary) ruin and dereliction in Greece, Germany, Poland, Sicily, Bosnia Herzegovina, Wales and Scotland where performance events had taken place. He talked with actors, directors, artists, curators and writers about their work ‘in ruins’ and their reasons for siting such performances in abandoned and derelict spaces. Many of these events were also performative and political acts of occupation and protest about the state of affairs which had provoked such ruination. Simon will reflect on what spaces of abandonment and dilapidation offer activists and artists as they make performance work. What sort of ‘conversations’ occur between ruined sites and artistic practices? He will also consider how material ruins speak of wider conditions and experiences of political, psychological and social ruination across contemporary Europe.
Please note that the lecture will be held in English.
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Dr. Simon Murray
He joined Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow in September 2008 having moved from Dartington College of Arts in Devon where he was Director of Theatre. He graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a (London University) Honours degree in Sociology in 1971 and spent 15 years working in further, higher, adult and trade union education in the north east of England, the west of Scotland and in Seychelles. In his late thirties he spent a year (1986-87) in Paris training in movement, acting and theatre-making with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux. After 12 years as a professional theatre maker and performer he returned to higher education to teach theatre and performance. In 2008 he co-founded the Routledge journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training with Professor Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds). He was co-editor of this journal until the autumn of 2016 but remains a consultant editor.