PSi 29

Performance Studies International


20 – 23 Jun

Senate House, Hoxton Hall, Birkbeck, University of London, The Africa Centre and V&A Museum, London

PSi #29 - Assemble! is the twenty-ninth iteration of PSi’s annual conference in 2024.

The conference is hosted by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in collaboration with LIFT (London International Theatre Festival), in partnership with the University of London’s Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, and School of Advanced Studies.

This hybrid conference focuses on the main theme of Assemble: to gather in one place for a common purpose or to put together the parts of something. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and global struggles for justice and recognition, we have to reconsider how to assemble, how to come together, to build, to imagine, to co-create in hostile conditions, and, conversely, what we need to disassemble, to take apart, to dismantle, to decenter, to unlearn.

Resonant with infrastructures, politics and processes of assemblage, the conference invites and foregrounds practice research, creative critical interventions, processes of making and their antithesis, un-making. It aims to critically explore the multifaceted nature of performance assemblage and disassembly, examining its potential to shape and transform our understanding of the world.

PSi #29 will assemble and explore contributions from a wide range of disciplines and practices, including performance studies, theatre, dance, live art, music, visual arts, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, law, social sciences, and history. The conference will feature workshops, presentations, performances, screenings, roundtables, open conversations, laboratories, installations, and more, bringing together diverse theoretical, methodological, and creative approaches to the theme of Assemble.

As part of this year’s conference, LIFT and PSi with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama have partnered up around three LIFT commissions and presentations.
We’ve put research into action around the themes of the conference and have had leading academics working following the creation and staging of The Trials and Passions of Unfamous Women, ECHO and L’Animale. Following this process, the academics will be in conversation with the creators of these shows at both LIFT and PSi’s satellite venues between 20 & 23 June.

Alongside this, we are proud to present an exclusive digital speech by Indigenous Argentinian performance maker and artist Tiziano Cruz (Buenos Aires).

20 June, after 7:30pm show

Brixton House

21 June
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Beveridge Hall – Senate House / This talk will be hybrid with the artists joining remotely.

Chiara Bersani with Petra Kuppers
22 June, after 4:30pm show

Old Bailey, Central Criminal Court of England and Wales

21 – 23 June

Online (on LIFT and PSi websites)

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