It Was 40 Years Ago Today

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A research project devoted to uncovering and archiving the history of Performance Art in Wales.

Prosiect ymchwil i ddadorchuddio ac archifo hanes Celf Perfformio yng Nghymru.

 

If you have any information on performance in Wales that could be of use to the project, please get in touch!

Whether you are an artist who has made performance work in Wales, or an audience member who once witnessed a performance (voluntarily or involuntarily!), we would be pleased to hear from you.
Any material will be of interest - from actual pieces of documentation to vague memories of events caught out of the corner of one's eye.
mail@performance-wales.org

Cysylltwch â ni os oes gennych unrhyw wybodaeth am berfformio yng Nghymru a allai fod o ddefnydd i'r prosiect!

Efallai eich bod yn artist sydd wedi gwneud gwaith perfformio yng Nghymru, neu'n aelod o gynulleidfa a welodd berfformiad unwaith (o'ch gwirfodd neu'n anwirfoddol!). Pwy bynnag ydych chi, hoffem glywed gennych.
Bydd unrhyw ddeunydd o ddiddordeb - o ddogfennau gwreiddiol i atgofion amwys am ddigwyddiadau a welwyd o gornel y llygad.
Mae'r manylion cyswllt wedi'u rhestru dan 'Cyswllt' yma, neu gallwch anfon e-bost i'r cyfeiriad hwn: mail@performance-wales.org

Project Director Cyfarwyddwr Prosiect: Heike Roms
Dept Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol

Contact: Dr Heike Roms
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol
Aberystwyth University
Adeilad Parry-Williams Building
Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ,
UK phone ffon: (+44) 1970 - 621911 (direct uniongyrchol) mail@performance-wales.org

Funded by Wedi ei drawsgronni gan:
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC) (2009-2011)
(CYNGOR YMCHWIL Y CELFYDDYDAU A’R DYNIAETHAU) (2009-2011)
ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES (ACW) (2006-2008)
CYNGOR CELFYDDYDAU CYMRU (CCC) (2006-2008)
SIR DAVID HUGHES PARRY AWARD 2006, 2008
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FUND (2007)

AHRC logo with website

Aberystwyth University Logo and link to website

Arts Council of Wales logo with link to website

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What's Welsh for Performance? Beth yw 'performance' yn Gymraeg?

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This website incorporates the website for '"It was forty years ago today" - Locating the early history of performance art in Wales, 1965–1979', a research project funded by a large Research Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC (2009–2011). For more information on the project click here.

Quick links - highlights:

- an online searchable database with details of nearly 650 performance events made in Wales between 1963 and 1979

- over 40 oral history interviews with artists, administrators and audience members

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latest update: 20 May 2012 [lectures]

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Heike Roms and Mike Pearson, Brith Gof evening, National Library Wales, Aberystwyth 30 May 2012, 19.30. For more information click here.

Heike Roms, The Avant-Garde in the Classroom: Learning and Teaching (as) Performance Art in Britain in the early 1970s, Conference Presentation, PSi18 Performance Studies International Conference, University of Leeds 27 June - 1 July 2012.

Heike Roms, Keynote at the 8th Annual TaPRA Conference, The University of Kent at Canterbur,y September 5-7, 2012

click here for a list of recent talks and presentations on the project

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Heike Roms has joined the team of art historians for a forthcoming major European exhibition and publication project in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fluxusfestivals in Europe:

"The lunatics are on the loose…" EUROPEAN FLUXUS FESTIVALS 1962-1977
Exhibitions - Conferences - Actions - Publications 2012

The exhibition will tour to Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Krakow, Madrid, Paris, Poznan, Vilnius and Wiesbaden from July 2012.

Opening Berlin 12 July 2012, Akademie der Künste.

For more information on the exhibition click here or visit the exhibition's website or Facebook page.

The exhibition will contain material on the Aberystwyth Fluxusconcert of 1968 - more on the 68 event here.

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Heike Roms won the inaugural David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011, awarded for outstanding research in any area of Theatre and Performance Studies. The award was presented at the TaPRA 2011 Conference at the University of Kingston on 7 September, 2011.

For more information on TaPRA and the award click here - for information on the work of David Bradby click here.

Heike will be giving the keynote at this year's TaPRA conference - 8th Annual TaPRA Conference will be held at The University of Kent at Canterbury September 5-7, 2012.

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Heike Roms and Rebecca Edwards (2011) ‘Oral History as Site-Specific Practice: Locating the History of Performance Art in Wales’, Shelley Trower, Place, Writing and Voice in Oral History (Studies in Oral History), Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 171–191. (ISBN 9780230623699). To buy a copy: click here

 

Heike Roms and Rebecca Edwards (2012) ‘Towards a (Pre-) history of Live Art in the UK’, Contemporary Theatre Review 22-1 (Special Issue: Live Art in the UK; issue editor: Dominic Johnson), 17-31. ISSN 1048-6801 (Print), 1477-2264 (Online). To buy a copy: click here

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Between November 2011 and February 2012 What's Welsh for Performance? supported Pitch at Radio Cardiff. Pitch is a weekly arts and culture programme broadcast on Tuesday mornings from 10am - 11am on Radio Cardiff 98.7FM and available to those outside Cardiff as a live webcast on http://www.radiocardiff.org.

Pitch is produced and presented by Richard Huw Morgan and John Rowley / 'good cop bad cop'.

For more information click here.

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What's Welsh for Performance? An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales (vol.1)

Interviews with Ivor Davies, Shirley Cameron & Roland Miller, T.E.Jones, J.C.Jones & A.Knight, and Anthony Howell



For more than forty years artists have been creating performances, happenings and other time-based art in Wales, yet their work remains largely confined to half-remembered anecdotes, rumours and hearsay. What's Welsh for Performance? tries to uncover Wales's hidden history of performance in conversations with key artists who have shaped this history since 1968. Their memories, accompanied by extensive documentation, paint a vivid picture of the vibrancy and importance of performance art in Wales and elsewhere.

Trace Samizdat Press, 2008 ISBN 0955392721 RRP £10 - available through amazon and other retailers.


Proceeds from the sales of this publication go toward the What's Welsh for Performance? / Beth yw 'Performance' yn Gymraeg? Commission Fund - for details click here.

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