rethinking why performance matters through the matter of performance
Performing Idea


Silvia Bottiroli (Dialogues)

Silvia Bottiroli works as a scholar, curator and administrator in the field of performing arts. She is the author of the monograph Marco Baliani (Editrice Zona, 2005). Since 2003 she has lectured at the Universities of Urbino and Pisa and the Catholic University of Milan. She has been involved in critical and curatorial projects with Santarcangelo dei Teatri, Emilia Romagna Theatre Foundation, Ente Teatrale Italiano, IRIS/Associazione Sud Europea per la Creazione Contemporanea and Masque Teatro (Crisalide festival). She is currently working with Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio and co-managing the Santarcangelo Festival. She worked as an advisor at DasArts (2010) and founded the group Sguscio: public and participatory arts projects with Ofelia Bartolucci.

Jonathan Burrows (Dialogues)

Jonathan Burrows started his career as a soloist with the Royal Ballet in London but formed the Jonathan Burrows Group in 1988 to present his own work. The company traveled widely and gained an international reputation with pieces such as Stoics (1991), Very (1992), Our (1994), The Stop Quartet (1996) and Things I Don’t Know (1997). His choreographic work has been marked by an interest in musical structure and pattern and by engagement with minimal but powerful means of expression. In 2001 he presented Weak Dance Strong Questions, a collaboration with Dutch theatre director Jan Ritsema, which toured to 14 countries. Since 2002 he has collaborated with the composer Matteo Fargion on a series of duets: Both Sitting Duet (2002), The Quiet Dance (2005), Speaking Dance (2006) and Cheap Lecture (2009). These works engaged with dialogic relation, language, repetition and absurdity. The duo have now given over 170 performances of this work in 24 countries, including winning a 2004 New York Dance And Performance Bessie Award. Other high profile collaborators include Sylvie Guillem’s performance of his choreography in Adam Robert’s film Blue Yellow in 1996, and his invitation in 1997 to choreograph for William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt. In 2008 he was Associate Director on Peter Handke's The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other for the National Theatre, London. He was an associate artist 1992- 2002 at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Gent, Belgium, was Artist-In-Residence at London’s South Bank Centre 1998/9, and is currently Artist-In-Residence at Kaaitheater Brussels. In 2002 Jonathan was given an award by the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts In New York, in recognition for his ongoing contributions to contemporary dance. He is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels, and is also a Visiting Professor for the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University Of London, the Performance Studies Department of Hamburg University and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Tim Etchells (Dialogues)

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers including Meg Stuart, Elmgreen & Dragset, Hugo Glendinning, Vlatka Horvat and many others. Etchells’ strategies relate to gaming and playing and to the dynamics of liveness and provisionality. Many of the works - which range from performance to video, photography, text, installation and fiction - aim to explore the relation between viewer and artwork, the processes of ‘reading’ and negotiation that create meaning. Forced Entertainment's work is often concerned with the mechanics of the live event - disrupting theatrical conventions and expectations. Etchells has also developed a unique voice in writing for and about performance especially in his monograph Certain Fragments:Forced Entertainment and Contemporary Performance (Routledge 1999). He has also published fiction from Endland Stories (Pulp Books 1998) to his first novel - The Broken World (Heinemann 2008) – which takes the form of a guide to an imaginary computer game. In recent years Etchells' work has had solo shows at Sketch and Butchers (both London), as well making contributions to significant group shows at Art Sheffield, Kunsthaus Graz and in Manifesta 7 (2008) in Rovereto, Italy. He was a Creative Fellow in Theatre Studies at Lancaster University, 2005 - 2008. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dartington College of Arts. He is currently Legacy: Thinker in Residence (2009-2010) at Tate Research and Live Art Development Agency in London.

Tim's website
Forced Entertainment's website

Joe Kelleher (Dialogues)

Joe Kelleher is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Roehampton University, London. His recent work has been concerned with questions of theatricality in performance practice, and he is currently pursuing these questions with a book provisionally titled The Suffering of Images that explores issues of rhetoric, image and spectatorship. He has been closely engaged with twenty-first century developments in experimental theatre in Europe, in particular in Italy where he has developed close relationships with groups such as Kinkaleri and Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. Joe recently published the short book Theatre & Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). With Nicholas Ridout he co-edited Contemporary Theatres in Europe (Routledge 2006), and is co-author with Romeo Castellucci, Claudia Castellucci, Chiara Guidi and Nicholas Ridout of The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Routledge 2007). He has published widely in books and journals, including chapters on children in film, and political rhetoric in modern Britain, and articles on contemporary theatre and performance from La Ribot, Alvis Hermanis and Goat Island to Caryl Churchill and Alan Bennett. Joe has taught and lectured widely, including conducting talks events at the Venice Biennale International Theatre Festival (2005), performing as an on-stage critical respondent throughout the Bologna F.I.S.Co festival (2007), and working as a visiting scholar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008). He is currently Vice-President of Performance Studies international.

Giulia Palladini (Dialogues)

Giulia Palladini has a PhD from the University of Pisa, where she developed the research project Larger than life: the 1960s New York underground scene and the circulation of images. From 2007 to 2008 she was Visiting Scholar at the New York University Performance Studies Department. She is a member of the Art’o cultura e politica delle arti sceniche editorial board and has published several essays on contemporary art and performance.
She is co-directing the Performance Studies international regional conference PSi Italia: Affective Archives (Vercelli, November 2010). She is also curator of the section ‘Andy Warhol’s TV’ in the exhibition TV/ARTS/TV (Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, October-December 2010).