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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.

Winner of the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011.

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.

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:

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

Contact: Professor 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)

Funded by Wedi ei drawsgronni gan:

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

:performance :perfformiad



Marking Time: a coach trip into Cardiff’s performance past

by Mike Pearson and Heike Roms; with Kerrie Reading

For over fifty years Cardiff has played host to numerous events of performance art and experimental theatre. Mike Pearson and Heike Roms led a guided tour of former sites of performance in the city, including lecture theatres, churches and cemeteries. There audiences encountered artists and eye-witnesses – drawing on tattered documents, fading photographs, vague recollections and tentative reenactments they evoked performance work of the 1960s and 1970s and celebrated its role in Cardiff’s cultural history.

Saturday 9 November 2013. Part of Experimentical 2013, Chapter Cardiff

Stop 1: Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, National Musem Wales: a performance lecture on the history of performance art in the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, 1965-1975


Heike and Yoko Ono awaiting the audience; the performance lecture.


Remembering performances and performers; marking the places where performances occured.


The lecture theatre before and after the event.


Audience enacting John Gingell, 'Interval Elements - Orange Game', part of Cardiff College of Art Syposium 26 January 1972, Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre; audience enacting the piece in 2013.

And further stops....

Mike Pearson and John Hardy (harmonium) at Eastmoors Community Centre; Kerrie Reading re-enacting a scene from Pip Simmons Group's Woyzeck, Chapter, Cardiff 1977.

Photos: Warren Orchard/ Chapter; Mike Pearson; Heike Roms.

For information on Kerrie's PhD project click here.

A brief video by Sarah Hudson: Experimentica13 Mike Pearson & Heike Roms.


Photo header: Shirley Cameron, Roland Miller, Bath Arts Workshop, Out of Step, Cardiff 1973.