Dr Annalaura Alifuoco
LECTURER IN DANCE AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES
Drama, Dance and Performance
0151 291 3915
I am a practitioner and scholar interested in exploring performance as a relational practice that engenders thinking, feelings and atmospheres. I hold a First-Class Honours degree in Performing Arts from London Metropolitan University, and an MA Distinction in Physical Theatre and Performance from Royal Holloway University of London. In 2014, I completed an AHRC funded doctorate at the University of Roehampton on the relation between performance histories and affected, wounded bodies.
I am currently a Lecturer on the Drama and Performance Studies undergraduate courses, and Co-Programme Leader of the MA Performance â€“ a unique postgraduate training working to establish the professional identity of emerging practitioners in the art industries via creative and ethical engagement with interdisciplinary practice-as-research methods.
My current research practice explores contemporary and experimental performance as a framework for affective forms of communication. This approach conceives of bodily and sensory experience as a field of knowledge, offering new methodological ways of orienting and analysing the artistic event.
To date, I have supervised several postgraduate dissertation projects focusing on identity, inter-media performance and theatricality. I would be interested in discussing potential projects exploring contemporary performance-making practices, performance philosophies, queer methodologies, diversity studies, affective politics, and material agencies.
Alongside my academic research, I create performances, as solo and in collaboration. This activity reflects on the ways in which affects, sensations and rhythms animate â€“ or render 'alive' â€“ the sites where performance happens, and how to make sense of it after the fact. The critical and physical forms this work takes, focuses on micro-actions of social repair for bodies and their relation to, and impact on, aesthetic, ethical, political and ecological life.
My training methods focus on how bodies relationally orient themselves to spaces, times, encounters, objects, ideas, and other entities through sensory interplay. I use extended techniques derived from Performance and Live Art strategies and combined art disciplines to test and develop physical embodied consciousness and awareness, via intuition, improvisation and invention.
- Co-coordinator of MA Performance
- Year Leader of Level H BA Drama and Theatre Studies
- Member of the Equality and Diversity Steering Committee
- Union Rep (UCU) for the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Science
List of Publications:
- 'Holding Out: The Sacred Space of Suspense and Sustainable Ethics' (forthcoming), in Performance of Sacred Places: Politics and Ecologies.
- â€˜Whereâ€™s the Passion? Or, Feelings are Facts, and Formsâ€™ (forthcoming), in RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.
- 'The Tear that Tears the Ocean: Bas Jan Ader and the Search for the Miraculous' (2019), in Liquidscapes, pages 49-54.
- '"Alive" Performance: Toward an Immersive Activist Philosophy' (2017), in Performance Philosophy Journal Volume 3 No 1, pages 126-145.
- 'Crabface, Wounded Woman and Buttman: Refiguring moving, infecting temporalities' (2014), in Performance Research Volume 19 Issue 3, pages 83-87.