Who is the I that Performs

Date and location

from November 28, 2019 until November 29, 2019
Tinnenpot Theatre (Ghent, BE)

Who is the ‘I’ that performs?

Eventfrom November 28, 2019 until November 29, 2019

Enacting Musical Identities (Festival & Symposium)

The event marks the culmination of the research cluster ‘Performance, Subjectivity and Experimentation’, led by Catherine Laws.

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Music reflects identity. But identity is also formed (and continually reformed) through musical practices, not least performance. How does this take place? How might the work of practitioners reveal aspects of this process?

The festival and symposium Who is the “I” that performs? Enacting Musical Identities gathers a diverse range of perspectives on these questions, with presentations from international artist-researchers and responses from three experts: Kimberly Campanello, Darla Crispin, and Juliana Hodkinson.

The festival celebrates the work of the Orpheus Institute research cluster Performance, Subjectivity, and Experimentation, with performances and the launch of the book Voices, Bodies, Practices: Performing Musical Subjectivities (Leuven University Press).

Convenors: Catherine Laws, William Brooks, David Gorton, Stefan Östersjö


Texts and music about what might be other than it is. 
Stefan Östersjö, Jez Wells, William Brooks.

Player Piano
A woman arrives with a piano…
A collaboration between performer Catherine Laws, composers Edward Jessen, Annea Lockwood, Roger Marsh and Paul Whitty, theatre makers Teresa Brayshaw, and Hannah Butterfield, and film maker Wendy Kirkup.

Arrival Cities: Hanoi
Music theatre with documentary film, approaching questions of the identity of the migrant, as embodied by the street vendors of Hanoi.
The Six Tones (video, music and stories); Kent Olofsson (music); Jörgen Dahlqvist (direction and lighting); Marcus Råberg (scenography); Marcus Råberg (lighting); Miguel Cortés (choreography); Luu Ngoc Nam (video actor).

Voices: Chamber music by David Gorton 
Stefan Östersjö, guitars and charango; Mieko Kanno: soprano violin; Jessica Kaiser: guitar

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Thursday 28 Nov.

  • 12.00 - 12.45 Registration
  • 12.45 - 13.00 Welcome
  • 13.00 - 14.00 Performance: Footnotes. (Stefan Östersjö, Jez Wells, William Brooks)
  • 14.00 - 14.30 Book launch, Voices, Bodies Practices: Performing Musical Subjectivities
  • 14.30 – 16.45 Conference session 1 (4 presentations)
  • 16.45 - 17.15 Coffee break
  • 17.15 - 18.30 Performance: Player Piano (Catherine Laws)
  • 18.30 - 20.00 Dinner
  • 20.00 - 21.30 Performance: Arrival Cities Hanoi (The Six Tones)
  • 21.30 (bar open)

Friday 29 Nov.

  • 09.15 - 10.45 Conference session 2 (3 papers)
  • 10.45 - 11.00 Coffee break
  • 11.00 - 12.30 Conference session 3 (3 papers)
  • 12.30 - 14.00 Lunch and poster presentations
  • 14.00 - 14.45 Performance: Voices: Chamber music by David Gorton (Stefan Östersjö, Mieko Kanno and Jessica Kaiser)
  • 14.45 - 15.00 Coffee break
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Final panel discussion. Respondents: Kimberly Campanello, Darla Crispin and Juliana Hodkinson
  • 16.00 Close, with a drink


Registration fee for the full festival and symposium: € 75 (standard fee) / € 25 (students). A dinner on Thursday and a light lunch on Friday are included.

There are also tickets available for the performances Player Piano (Catherine Laws) and Arrival Cities Hanoi (The Six Tones). Tickets are € 10/performance.

Deadline: 25 November 2019


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