Encounters with Darkness

The Institute of Performance and Urban Living
Wednesday 31st October 2018

4:00 PM-6:00 PM.

A cross-disciplinary research seminar

The Institute of Performance and Urban Living

Our world is saturated by light. Almost everything is illuminated. But what happens when all we can see is darkness? How do we make sense when we are in the dark? This cross-disciplinary seminar picks up on a rising tide of interest in darkness, shadows and gloom in both theatre and performance, and cultural geography. The seminar will put both disciplines in dialogue and continue the emerging conversation surrounding light and darkness, their performative potential, cultural manifestations as well as their socio-political significance.

Tim Edensor, a Reader in cultural geography at Manchester Metropolitan University will give a paper exploring 'The multiple ambiguities of darkness across time and space'. Edensor has written extensively on national identity, tourism, ruins, mobilities and landscapes of illumination and darkness.

Edensor’s presentation will be followed by 2 short provocations. Yaron Shyldkrot (GSA) will discuss his practice research and exploration of darkness and the shaping of atmosphere(s), and Michelle Man (GSA) will focus on how we might question saturations of light through a choreographic lens.

Following the presentations and short wine break, Adam Alston (GSA) will chair a panel discussion with the three speakers, who will further reflect on the seminar’s themes.

Room TB11 Admission is free. Entry on the door.