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Dance Dialogues: Retrospection and Emergence w/ Adrian Heathfield

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Join us for the next conversation in LGI's Dance Dialogues series. Curator and writer Adrian Heathfield, whose multi-artist durational performance ghost telephone was seen at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2016 will be in discussion on the differences between visual arts and theatrical traditions of spectating, on the exhibition mode of retrospection, and what it might mean for dance practice to recover dances past.

Lucy Guerin will join Adrian in conversation and there will be an audience Q&A at the end of the discussion.

Presented by Lucy Guerin Inc for FRAME: A biennial of dance.



Adrian Heathfield (b. 1968) writes on, curates and creates performance. He is the author of Out of Now, a monograph on the artist Tehching Hsieh, editor of Ally and Live: Art and Performance and co-editor of Perform, Repeat, Record. His numerous essays have been translated into ten languages.

He conducted the three year European Union funded creative research project Curating the Ephemeral (2014–2016) on immaterial art and museal practices. He was co-director of Performance Matters, a four-year AHRC funded research project on the cultural value of performance (2009–2013).

He co-curated the Live Culture events at Tate Modern, London (2003) and a number of other performance and durational events in European cities over the last eighteen years. He was curator of Doing Time, the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), a curatorial adviser and attaché for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) and an artistic director with the collective freethought of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, Norway.

Heathfield has worked with many artists and thinkers on critical and creative collaborations including film dialogues, performance-lectures, dramaturgy, writing and workshop projects. He was President of Performance Studies international (2004–2007) and is Emeritus Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton, London.



WXYZ Studios is wheelchair accessible via the entrance on Little Dryburgh Street South. More information on physical accessibility at WXYZ Studios can be found here:

Auslan interpreters will be provided by request (please request this during the registration process, by Friday 3 March 2023). 

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Image credit: ghost telephone, AGNSW, Photo: © Zan Wimberley

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