Research

Konstantina Georgelou’s PhD research, entitled ‘performless: the operation of l’informe in postdramatic theatre’ (2011), suggests the conceptualisation of l’informe (G.Bataille, 1929) for the discussion of dramaturgical strategies in performances that are arguably considered to be radical. Specifically, it examines performance works by Jan Fabre and Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, taking them as exemplary cases to study how language, the body and the experience of time operate as dramaturgies of formlessness. It is argued that by tactically performing ‘less’ than what is expected from them, standardised patterns of perception and conception of the audience are being undone, which has ethical implications. Methodologically, Georgelou’s research synthesises a discourse on dramaturgy through the intersection of visual arts theory, performance theory and philosophy.

During the post-doc fellowship ‘Cognitive Humanities’ at the Centre for the Humanities (2012), Georgelou’s research focused on the intersection between cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience and dance. Through the critical mapping of the interdisciplinary field it is argued that performance theory is mostly absent from this strand of research, which often leads to (market-oriented) generalisations of empirical findings.

Georgelou’s more recent research interests concern dramaturgy, choreography and ethics, while she explores discursive, artistic and activist practices as articulations of the political.