Dr Silvia Battista
Drama, Dance and Performance
0151 291 3878
Over the last twenty years, I have researched the potentialities of intersecting visual art with experimental theatre and storytelling to explore questions related to social and ecological justice. In the last ten years my attention has focused on the study of technologies of the self as epistemological forms of ontological activism and experimented with meditative, contemplative and ecstatic practices, technologies and languages as and in performance. At the moment I am interested in performance as a laboratory of experimentation with "intangible" materialities, more-than-human communications, active imagination, deep listening, and â€œpolyphonicâ€� approaches to storytelling.
I hold a BA in Fine Art from the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy (1992-1996); an MA in Communication Art from the Royal College in London (2004-2006) with a thesis on the poetic and theatrical work of Alejandro Jodorowsky; and a PhD from the Royal Holloway University in London (2009-2014) with the thesis â€™In Search of the Numinous: Performative Apparatuses of Experimentation with Technologies of the Selfâ€™.
Performance, Religion and Spirituality
Ecology and Performance
Animism and Performance
Active imagination in performance training
Ethnographic and Auto-Ethnographic methods for Performance
Storytelling and Experimental Theatre
Hermeneutics, semiotic and performance studies
Course Co-Leader for the MA Performance Art (MAP)
PG Steering Group Officer for the School of Creative and Performing Arts
PGT Sub group Officer for the School of Creative and Performing Arts
Member of the European Institute
Battista Silvia Ed 2021 (forthcoming). The Performances of Sacred Places: Crossing, Breathing, Resisting. London: Intellect;
Battista Silvia 2018. Posthuman Spiritualities in Contemporary Performance: Politics, Ecologies and Perceptions. London: Palgrave.
Battista Silvia 2015. 'Repetition as a Technology of the Self in Performance: The Artist is Present by Marina Abramovic. in On Repetition: Writing, Performance and Art, Eirini Kartsaki ed. London: Intellect;
Battista Silvia 2014. 'Worlds Bodies, Matters: Theatre of the Late Twenty Century by Valentina Valentini'. In Contemporary Theatre Review.
Battista Silvia 2012. 'A Posthuman Interpretation of Wolfgang Laib's Work with Pollen as an Ecological Proposition.' In Peformance Research, 17:4, 67-73)
The Stories of the Firefly. In collaboration with Steve Boyland. Angel Field Festival, Liverpool, UK 2020
Soundâ€™s Spirit. In collaboration with Annalaura Alifuoco. Tate Liverpool, UK 2019
Persephone. Liverpool Independent Biennial, UK 2018
A River is Never a Matter of Peace. Stockport War Memorial Gallery, UK 2017
Tactile Non-Human Experience. In collaboration with Annalaura Alifuoco and Angelo Madonna. Threshold Festival, Liverpool, UK 2016
I am the co-convenor of the Research Group Performance Religion and Spirituality for the International Federation of Theatre Studies https://www.iftr.org/working-groups/performance-religion-and-spirituality; advisor for the editorial board of the peer reviewed journal of Performance and Mindfulness https://www.performanceandmindfulness.org.uk/editorialteam/; member of Theatre and Performance Research Association; Performance and Philosophy and of the network Ritual Studies and Ethnography.