Research

My research investigates concepts of Spectrality and Hauntology in contemporary performance practice. Through A methodology of re-inhabiting abandoned spaces, and the following projects address a series of questions in relation to the research.

 

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The current practice-based research project investigates the spectral and ghostly in relation to the UK, and asks what are the possible futures that have not come to pass?

What haunts the social imaginary and is insistent? How do structures, systems and traditions shape our social imaginary? Can we imagine things differently?

How does the 'folk' genre function in the stories we tell? 

What stories can we believe in?

 The first project The Strange Geometry of Time 

 What Haunts? Who and what is haunted? 

Toured to Bath Spa University and Dreams Before Dawn Festival, Paris, 2018

Research Questions

In what ways can Derrida’s concept of Hauntology and theories of Spectrality inform the concept of the time in performance?

How can the materiality of the stage become performative in the representation of ghosts? 

What does a dramaturgy of haunting reveal about ghosts, memory, and cultural memory?

The second project Dwelling

began as a site-responsive film shot at Poltimore House, Devon, in 2019. The project explores the 'eerie' through  re-inhabiting this abandoned site and attuning ourselves to presences/absences.

The performance of Dwelling premiered at the Anglican Chapel, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol in 3rd October, 2019. Dwelling is currently touring asThe Dead Tour to de-consecrated and consecrated sites in 2021, and is available for booking in the Spring and Summer of 2021.

Research Questions

In what ways can film and live performance interrogate notions of time/space in performance informed by the concept of Hauntology?

How can site-responsive dramaturgy enhance practice-based methodologies into hauntology in performance practice?

How does the practice-based research avoid the clichés of hauntings and ghosts at the site of a haunted house?

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