EVENTS

King's College London, 11/02/13, 6.30pm

Performing From The Back Of The Pack: Endurance Running, Performance and Humanness – a conversation

King’s College London, Strand Campus, 11/02/13, 6.30pm – followed by wine reception.
Anatomy Museum, Room K6.29

As a part of the ‘Performing From’ series. Hosted by the Performance Research Group.
Curated by Georgina Guy (georgina.guy@kcl.ac.uk).

We are born runners, as the fields of human biology, archaeology and anthropology attest – it is the thing we did that made us human, it was, and is, our first performance, certainly our first art form. Largely ignored by the arts and humanities across the last two centuries, due to its popularity and relatively recent incarnation as physical exercise (the arts prefer to walk), running marks out the human body as one evolved to endure movement. Though not at ease when we run, we are nevertheless easily evoking a complex set of social, cultural and political practices that produce, in direct terms, humanness, and blisters.

This conversation between Gregg Whelan (Lone Twin) and David Williams will focus on Whelan’s AHRC supported research project The Long Run and his growing experience as a committed back-of-the-packer.

Gregg Whelan is a King’s College London AHRC Creative Fellow. Whelan formed Lone Twin in 1997 with Gary Winters. Lone Twin is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s most inventive performance companies. Whelan is also artistic director of ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Finland.

David Williams is an academic, writer and performance maker. As a dramaturg, he has worked with choreographers in England and Germany, and is a long-term collaborator with Lone Twin. Recent publications include Good Luck Everybody, Lone Twin – Performances, Journeys, Conversations (ed.: 2011), and essays on antimafia activists in Palermo, Sicily, and artists and waste. He is currently Reader in Performance Practices at Royal Holloway University of London.

King’s College London, Strand Campus, 11/02/13, 6.30pm – followed by wine reception.
Anatomy Museum, Room K6.29

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