Activist Performance blogging events – 10th July, 2 – 8pm, MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HN


2 – 5pm: A collective blogging workshop with artists, activists, researchers (Please bring ideas for protest gestures to research, and also (if you have one) a laptop or tablet with wireless capability, as well as any other materials that might stimulate your own or other people’s blogging …

Tea and coffee provided!

6 – 8pm: Public seminar, with short presentations on protest gestures from artists, activists and researchers

You are very welcome to attend both or either of these blogging events. To register, please go to:

We are responding to a century that has witnessed a proliferation of theatrical forms of activism perhaps unprecedented in its global scale. Artists and performance groups have often played an active role in protest events, drawing on bodies, text, image, movement as imaginative projections against the perceived order of things, and as tactical interventions and communicative tools.

The Activist Performance blogging events offer the idea of ‘gesture’ as an open-ended stimulus for contributors, with the aim of documenting activist events past and present.

This blog is a collaborative dimension of a research project based at the University of Manchester. It complements and feeds into a special issue of the journal Contemporary Theatre Review . Selected extracts from the blog (with the authors’ permission) will be curated and published as a “Gestural Notes” document within the issue.

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Posted on behalf of Dr Simon Parry, Institute for Cultural Practices / Drama, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, The University of Manchester