Forum on The Cultural Politics of the Performative Space

February 2, 2018

Forum on The Cultural Politics of the Performative Space

Forum on The Cultural Politics of the Performative Space

2nd and 3rd February 2018, 10:30am – 6:00pm

Lecture Theatre 3, Science Centre, CUHK


The theatre space, where performances take place, is simultaneously an absent space and a present place. As a space, the theatre allows creators to define the imaginative settings based on the story of the performance. Yet, the theatre is also a venue (place) with its own historical and cultural roots. Joanne Tompkins in her book, Theatre’s Heterotopias: Performance and the Cultural Politics of Space, further developed Foucault’s concept of a theatre as a heterotopic space, proposing that a theatre is a real, yet restrictive (and illusive), space where time is suspended. Moreover, it is a space that allows for reaction and reflection to the cultural and social development of its immediate community. With the advent of contemporary performances responding to socio-political issues in their respective societies, this forum seeks to explore the evolving relationships between performance and space.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Octavian Saiu (National University of Theatre and Film, Romania)

Professor Richard Hand (University of East Anglia, UK)


Invited Speakers

Mr. Jarosław Fret (The Grotowski Institute, Poland)

Mr. Jasper Huang (The University of Hong Kong)

Professor Benny Lim (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Ms. Svetlana Ilinskaya (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Ms. Winnie Lo (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Professor Sukanya Sompiboon (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

Professor Wang Wei-Chih (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)



Conducted in English. Free admission. All are welcome.

Registration is required by 30 January 2018.


Organized by MA in Intercultural Studies and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong