With Sibylle Peters (performing artist and researcher, Hamburg), Akira Takayama (theatre maker, Saitama)
Host: Judith Knight (performing arts producer, London)
The performing arts are based on physically shared presence, mostly taking place in a direct encounter with an audience often gathered in a theatre venue. They generate, negotiate and cultivate forms of assembly and they enable unlikely encounters. Such moments are vital for social cohesion and cultural exchange, which cannot easily be translated through long-distance communication. Physical distancing and lockdown isolation present even bigger challenges to artists who make participatory or community-based performances. In face of the radically changed rules that limit assembly both as a cultural and a political practice, Sibylle Peters and Akira Takayama will discuss the repercussions of the current contact restrictions for their work and they will consider possibilities of how to assemble differently.