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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 “polyphonicâ€� 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 ’In Search of the Numinous: Performative Apparatuses of Experimentation with Technologies of the Self’.

Teaching Specialisms:

Performance, Religion and Spirituality

Ecology and Performance

Animism and Performance


Active imagination in performance training

Verbatim theatre

Ethnographic and Auto-Ethnographic methods for Performance

Creative Writing

Storytelling and Experimental Theatre

Hermeneutics, semiotic and performance studies

School Roles:

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 

Recent Publications:

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)

Recent Works:

The Stories of the Firefly. In collaboration with Steve Boyland. Angel Field Festival, Liverpool, UK 2020

Sound’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; advisor for the editorial board of the peer reviewed journal of Performance and Mindfulness; member of Theatre and Performance Research Association; Performance and Philosophy and of the network Ritual Studies and Ethnography.