Performance Making Intensive Laboratory with Anna Furse

7 July 2016 to 17 July 2016

Performance Making Intensive Laboratory in Athens, July, with Anna Furse

  • 8 Days of intensive workshop
  • Lecture
  • A weekend Symposium
  • Performances

With Anna Furse
(Professor of Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths, University of London)

The Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in collaboration with Professor Anna Furse, (Goldsmiths, University of London) is organizing an international project in Athens which will offer new, emerging and experienced practitioners, researchers and academics the opportunity to come together and work on the questions:

  • What is Performance Making?
  • What is its genealogy?
  • What are its artists’ social, political and formal impulses?
  • What is hybridity and why?
  • What are the sector’s economy, context and public?

The project will last 10 days and consists of three events:


A)  8 Days of intensive workshop with Anna Furse, who will introduce the participants to her methodology for preparation for creative performance making.

It will combine intensive physical training, ensemble techniques, image building, working with space and scenography, structure and composition. Participants may come from a wide range of background and experiences but each must be prepared to commit to the entire process, participate fully on all the training work and be ready to bring ideas and work collaboratively and independently during the project towards the performance.

The participants will have to produce a performance as a result of the workshop. This will be directed by Furse as a dramaturgy devised from participants’ own creative exercises based on a common enquiry and topic.

Participation Cost of the 8-day workshop: 200 euros

There will be free entrance at the performance presentations.

The workshop is intended for:

  • Students of Dance, Art, Drama Schools/Universities.
  • Artists with different backgrounds (actors, dancers, musicians etc).
  • Those who have been involved in performance making or want to be involved.

The number of the participants in the workshop is limited. The number and the type of the final performances will be decided regarding the number and the intentions of the participants.

How to Apply:

The participation will be submitted electronically, by sending a short CV* (mandatory) in english along with the participation form at with the subject «PMIL-Participation-(your name)», until Monday 9th of May 2016.

The final selection will be made by a commission of dance and art professionals. The candidates will receive a confirmation by email that their participation interest has been submitted.

After the completion of the workshop, certificate of attendance will be provided to the participants.

Friday 8th to Friday 15th of July 2016, 17:00-22:00

The workshop will be presented in English.


B)   Lecture entitled “Performance Making - hybrid liveness in a dispersed world. On the genealogy of Performance and its preoccupations today in a post-dramatic performance culture” with Anna Furse, who will introduce and frame these questions.

The entrance to the lecture is free to the audience and is intended for those who are interested in performance making (artists, researchers, academics etc.) and wish to approach the theoretical frame of the mentioned questions.

Thursday, 7th of July 2016, at 19:00

The lecture will be presented in English.


C)   A weekend Symposium co-hosted with Ana Sanchez Colberg (Head of Theatre Arts & Dance, DEREE – The American College of Greece) which will offer a public platform for performances and demonstrations by three Greek performance makers.

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th 2016, at 19:00

The entrance to the Symposium is free to the audience and will be presented in English.

4) Presentations/Performances


a.    Presentations/Performances in the frame of the intensive workshop

b.    The public platform for performance in Greece nowadays in the frame of the 2-day Symposium. (Three Greek artists will present their work, which will be the foundation for further discuss at the Symposium).

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th 2016, at 21:00

The entrance to the performances is free to the audience


Additional Information Following:

Anna Furse is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths where she was Head of Department until 2015. For 15 years she has directed the internationally renowned MA in Performance Making – a laboratory programme bringing dancers, theatre artists and fine artists into hybrid performance study, research and creative practice. She is also Co-Director of the interdisciplinary research hub The Centre of the Body. Her award-winning career in professional theatre covers 33 years as an auteurial director, writer and curator.

Developing her own performance making language that synthesises her original training in the Royal Ballet and her work with Peter Brook, Grotowski and post-modern dance, her Artistic Directorships include BloodGroup (1980 – 86) and Paines Plough (1990 -95). Founding her company Athletes of the Heart in 2003 with a Wellcome Trust Award, she has developed a range of art/medicine collaborations with 2 hospitals, health organisations and international venues and international co-productions with Serbia and Slovenia.

Most recent production includes When We Were Birds at the Cantieri Culturali Zisa, Palermo, Live Collision Dublin and GIFT festivals, and an installation for the Freud Museum Mad, Bad and Sad programme 2013 – 2014. Her book Theatre in Pieces – Politics, Poetics and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (Methuen 2011) is an innovative anthology of experimental performance texts, including Peter Brook’s iconoclastic US from 1966 and her own Don Juan.Who?/?Don Juan.Kdo? with Mladinsko Gledalisce, Ljubljana.

Her new performance work in progress The Anatomy Act is a collaboration with musician David Coulter (collaborator with Laurie Anderson, Jarvis Cocker, Tom Waits and musical director of Black Rider for Robert Wilson), scenographer Mela Dell’Erba (Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo), the Anatomy Departments of Kings College, University of London and Trinity College, Dublin. It is a CAPP EU Residency commissioned by CREATE-Ireland and will premiere at the Live Collision Festival in November.


Ana Sánchez-Colberg is a London-based Puerto Rican choreographer and dancer. She is a choreographer of dance-theatre and she has been awarded a Fellowship by the Swedish Research Council.

She established Theatre enCorps in 1989. The debut choreographic work Alice, Alice, Alice...Are You A Child or a Tee totter (1989–1990), was performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as a site-specific work at Newcastle Arts Centre, West Greenwich House and in Spring Loaded at The Place Theatre, London in 1990. 

Since 2006 and as part of her position of Professor of Choreography and Composition at the University Dance and Circus Stockholm, Sánchez-Colberg has worked in various interdisciplinary projects between dance and new circus. She is currently supervising John Paul Zaccarini, the first PhD candidate in a practice based dissertation in (new) Circus.

Ana is currently Coordinator of the Dance Area, part of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at DEREE-The American College of Greece.

Professor Anna Furse
Artistic Director Athletes of the Heart  
Director of MA in Performance Making
Head of Department of Theatre and Performance
University of London


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