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TAPRA Interim Event - Asian Performance and Diaspora Group: Locating Practice In Research

  • Black Box Studio US. 3.3.8 University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road London, E15 1NF (map)

University of East London

Friday 2 June 10.30 – 4.00 p.m.

The aim of the working group is to research, promote and disseminate contemporary Asian performance and diaspora studies to highlight the historical and contemporary scholarship in the area. We also aim to encourage critical debates on the contemporary artistic practices of Asia and a thorough re-evaluation of the current understanding of its conceptual and practical paradigms of the Asian performance scene and its diaspora in Britain.

  • To offer a dedicated platform for presenting Asian performance and diaspora research
  • To reflect, critique and debate Asian performance activities in Britain
  • To foster better dialogue between the academic work and performance practice in the field.



The Event fee is £10.00 for affiliated academics and there is no charge to non-HEI affiliated practitioners and postgraduate students. (The fee includes refreshments.)

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Please note the event is limited to TAPRA members in good standing.

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The event will take place in the Black Box Studio, US. 3.3.8, University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1 NF.



10.30 Coffee, welcome and introductions

10.45 Shane Shambhu, Mark James Hamilton (Regent's School of Creative and Liberal Arts) Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer and a Yorkshire Temple Dancer

11.30 Sreenath Nair (University of Lincoln) Circle of Attention: Understanding Stanislavsky through Indian Martial Art

12.15  Ashley Thorpe (Royal Holloway) How the many became none: or; Arts Council subsidy and social engineering in British Chinese theatre in the 1990s and early 2000s. 

 1.00 Lunch

 1.30 Matthew Cohen (Royal Holloway) The Practice of Appropriation: Indonesian Puppets as Found Objects

2.15 Margaret Coldiron What is “Cultural Appropriation”? --Can Bulé teach (or perform) traditional Asian Arts?

3.00 Kristine Landon-Smith “Intracultural Approaches to Performance”

3.45  Final plenary and next steps

4.00 p.m. End

Earlier Event: April 29
Summer Rolls
Later Event: June 7
IntraCultural Masterclass