Discussions on Performance, episode 1. Canon vs. Practices


From 28 March 2020


Discussions on Performance, episode 1. Canon vs. PracticesDiscussions on Performance, episode 1. Canon vs. Practices


Participants will discuss the question of localising the book canon and the question of developing a common vocabulary in Russian performance through text and action.

The theory of performance is a discipline that inevitably remains open and borrows tools, methods, and texts from different areas of knowledge. This structural openness is based on the belief that there can be no universal canon or general theory: every canon has to be brought into agreement with the local context and practices. What kind of canon would work for the Russian scene? What kind of books on performance should be published in Russia today? Should publishers prioritize translations of international works or support Russian researchers?

Moderator: Daria Demekhina

Participants: Katya Ganyushkina, Anastasia Mityushina, Irina Sirotkina, Olya Tarakanova


Daria Demekhina is a performance theory scholar, curator, co-founder of the Bureau of Performative Rituals, author of Zhizn kak performans [Life as Performance] podcast on Storytel.

Katya Ganyushkina is an expert in contemporary dance in Russia, artist, choreographer, founder of the platform ROOM FOR, co-founder of the Bureau of Performative Rituals, translator of Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramović (AST, Angedonia, 2019).

Olya Tarakanova is a feminist, critic writing for Nozh and The Village, dramatist and media artist for the play Locker Room Talk, one of the authors of the play Karies Kapitalizma [The Cavities of Capitalism], theatre blogger (tme/postpostdrama).

Irina Sirotkina is a doctoral candidate in psychology and holds a PhD in sociology. She is a researcher at the Institute of the History of Natural Sciences and Technology, author of the course Dance and Movement Culture in History and Today at National Research University Higher School of Economics, author of books Free Movement and Improvisational Dance in Russia (2012), The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance and  Synaesthesia in the Lives of Poets and Artists (2014, 2016) and Dance: An Experience of Understanding (2020).

Anastasia Mityushina is an art historian, curator of the public program at Garage.

how to take part

Discussion will take place in Zoom and will be broadcast on YouTube.

Admission is free with advance registration.