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Currently, Elvira Crois is working on her research project ‘The Connective Organism: Towards a Participatory Approach to Genetics in Sensorial Theatre’ in preparation of a PhD. The project inquires into the aesthetics of audience participation in performing arts. It takes on the hypothesis that the role of the performer as a guide highly impacts these aesthetics. In order to understand what performers, in their capacity as a guide, exactly do, she looks into performer training.
Through participatory research methods and the theoretical framework of theatre genetics, the project looks into interactive and participatory performing arts, including the work of Katrien Oosterlinck (BE) (www.spatie.info), Seppe Baeyens (BE) (www.ultimavez.com/en/joint-forces/seppe-baeyens) and Sarah John (AU/DK) (nhojharas.com). By mapping embodied participatory theatre practices, the research aims to identify the attributes of a performer’s capacity to guide an audience. Furthermore the research considers power dynamics and politics of interaction and participation within both the training contexts and performances of these practices.
Elvira Crois holds an MA degree in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Antwerp. From 2015-2017 she worked as a socio-cultural worker at Gemeenschapscentrum De Kriekelaar in Schaarbeek, Brussels. Since 2017 she has taken up the role as assessor of Erasmus+ youth projects for the national agency JINT. Elvira is part of Apaya Network, a European network of young researchers who explore the poetics of sensorial theatre. Furthermore she is an organising member of the interuniversity doctoral course “What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century Academia?” and from 2018-2020 co-president of the informal body of doctoral students of the department of literature.In 2020-2021, Elvira will coordinate the sharing practice 'Participatory Practice: Bridging Youth Work and the Arts', funded by Erasmus+ Youth in Action (JINT vzw). This interdisciplinary project gathers youth workers, performing artists, youngsters and academics to exchange participatory methods and reflect on commonalities and differences in their work as facilitators. Project partners: Destelheide (BE), De Veerman (BE), spatie vzw/Katrien Oosterlinck (BE), Ultima Vez/Seppe Baeyens (BE), Zonnelied (BE), Coney/The Young Coneys (UK), The Advocacy Academy (UK), UMMK (DK), Sarah John (DK), La Golondrina (FR). For updates, follow the page of Apaya Network.
PhD Candidate, University of Antwerp2017 → …
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