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Performance as research – A conversation with André Lepecki and Lília Mestre

April 12 @ 17:00 - 19:00

Join us on April 12th, 2024, from 5-7 PM, at the Speculative Life Cluster (EV 10.625), for conversation between Lília Mestre and André Lepecki hosted by LePARC.


This conversation will focus on the relationships between performance practice and academic research. Participants will be invited to discuss how performance-based actions shape alternative academic processes and outcomes, offering insights into envisioning and crafting sustainable futures.

Proposed questions include: What is the range of practices and strategies that challenge prevalent norms of how artists and academics approach research? How do these other strategies relate to issues of collectivity, embodiment, and process? What kinds of practices of co-imagination are resisting authorial individuality as privileged figure of knowledge in the humanities and the arts? And how can performance as practice of research generate anticolonial, inclusive, multiverse, and unpredictable material and immaterial manifestations of relationality?

The conversation will be based on an example of performance to encourage interactions. Participants are invited to read two texts prior the event to have a common departure point.

📖 Chapman, Owen and Kim Sawchuk. 2012. “Research-Creation: Intervention, Analysis and “Family Resemblances”” Canadian Journal of Communication 37: 5-26


André Lepecki works and researches at the intersection of critical dance studies, curatorial practice, performance theory, contemporary dance, and visual arts performance. He is a Professor and the chair of the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He has published widely and edited several anthologies. He has also curated numerous festivals and exhibitions including the award-winning re-staging of Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts. In 2010 he co-curated the Archive on Dance and Visual Arts since the 1960s for the exhibition Move: Choreographing You at the Hayward Gallery, London. He is the author of the books Exhausting Dance (2006) and Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance (2016) and the editor
of Dance (2013), Planes of Composition (with Jenn Joy, 2009), The Senses in Performance (with Sally Banes, 2007), and Of the Presence of the Body (2004).

Lília Mestre (she, her) is a performing artist, dramaturge and researcher working in collaborative formats mainly in the fields of contemporary dance and choreography. She is interested in forms of organisation created by and for artistic practice as alternative study processes for social-political reflection. She has been working on the concept of ‘artificial friendship’ which has been the source for the creation of methodological structures (scores) for exchange and collaboration in artistic research settings, which have been documented in various publications. She was artistic coordinator of a.pass (Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies) in Brussels and is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Contemporary Dance and Co-director of the Performing Arts Research Cluster (LePARC) within the MILIEUX Institute for Arts Culture and Technology at Concordia University. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She was granted the The Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award 2023 for her research on expanded choreography “Through Materialities, Movement and Description”.


📅: April 12, 2024 | 5-7 p.m

📍: Speculative Life Research Cluster E.V 10.625


April 12
17:00 - 19:00
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Speculative Life Research Cluster