Who was where?

Follow the Academic Staff’s whereabouts, outside of the Theatre Studies Department.


11-13 March Maaike Bleeker was a keynote speaker at the conference Performance Knowledges: Transmission, Composition, Praxis at the University of Malta.

9-13 March Konstantina Georgelou gave a workshop and a public lecture on dramaturgy, as part of the Future Series, at the UniArts Theatre Academy in Helsinki.

27 January Maaike Bleeker spoke about “Archives in Motion: Experiments with Capturing Dance Knowledge” in the series ArtHistory@Drift organized by the Department of Art History at Utrecht University.

15-17 January Maaike Bleeker was a keynote speaker at Smells Like a Dialogue: A Circus Symposium (Ghent).

16 December Konstantina Georgelou was a jury member in the PhD defence of Miguel Angel Melgares Calzado (The End of Performance Rhetorics) at the University of Granada, in Spain.

15th November Maaike Bleeker spoke at the Biennial PARSE (Platform for Artistic Research Sweden) conference in Gothenburg (“The Mise en Scene of Posthuman Thinking”).

13-15 November Dick Zijp was jury member at the Groninger Studenten Cabaret Festival in Groningen.

23-25 October Konstantina Georgelou was a keynote speaker at the POST-DANCE-ING conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

13-31th October Maaike Bleeker was a visiting scholar at the  Graduate Center of the City University New York (CUNY) where she gave a public presentation of her research on 16 October.

16th October Maaike Bleeker spoke at the Cuny Graduate Centre in New York (“Performances of Knowing”).

10-12th October Maaike Bleeker was keynote speaker at the Sixth International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO) at Arizona State University.

9th October Maaike Bleeker spoke about Corporeal Literacy at the International Conference of the Media Anthropology Center of Excellence (Weimar, Germany).

14th September Sigrid Merx was at University College London where she was invited to speak in the context of the workshop ‘Play and its Potential Publics’ where scholars from social sciences and the humanities investigate how play can operate in public life.

6th September Sigrid Merx was in Riga with the network Festivals in Transition to kick start the project SOLIDARITY WORKS.

4th-7th July Maaike Bleeker was at the PSi#25 Conference in Calgary for Mission 2 of the Performance Studies Space Program, to chair the Performance & Science working group, and to participate in a roundtable on Performance Studies and Pedagogy.

6th – 9th June Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink and Sigrid Merx are at the Prague Quadriennal for Performance Design. Together with the other members of Platform-Scenography they are the curators of the Dutch national entry. This edition, Julian Hetzel’s installation SELF and Paul Gallis’ design for the iconic performance Count Your Blessings from Gerard-Jan Rijnders will represent the Netherlands. Liesbeth and Sigrid will present and contextualise both works at the Dutch Opening on June, 8.

16th-17th May Sigrid Merx is an invited speaker at the 2-day workshop Urban Crisis-Scapes: On Walks and Ruins, hosted by NICA (Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis) in Amsterdam. The workshop will focus on city-scapes that have recently been radically reconfigured through pervasive frameworks of crisis – financial, political, humanitarian etc. Sigrid will present the project Between Realities # Athens, a live action research project that she developed with Platform-Scenography in which a group of participants explored the city of Athens – as a city in crisis – from a scenographic perspective.

14th-16th March Dick Zijp is at the Performance Philosophy-congres in De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam. He will speak about his current research.

20th-23rd February Konstantina Georgelou is in Helsinki, invited as a member of the international expert panel to evaluate research proposals on art research, by the Academy of Finland Research Council for Culture and Society.

4th-6th February Chiel Kattenbelt is in Copenhagen, to participate in an expert panel for a colloquium of the Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies.

27th till 30th of July Chiel Kattenbelt is, together with Crew (Eric Joris), Aneta Mancewicz and Robin Nelson at the biannual European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) conference in Gdansk about Shakespeare and European Theatrical Cultures: AnAtomizing Text and Stage.

July Isis Germano is in Drenthe, the Netherlands, where she’ll teach youngsters from 11 till 18 years old how to write poetry and prose.

18th till 21st of June Sigrid Merx is presenting a paper at the Nordic Geographers Meeting in Stockholm in the panel Performing Urgency: space, performance and politics.

9th till 12th of June Maaike Bleeker is at PSi#23 Overflow in Hamburg to launch the Performance Studies Space Project. Sigrid Merx is presenting a paper in a panel on scenography. Konstantina Georgelou presents the panel ‘Outgrowing Dramaturgy (Re)politicising Practice’.

26th till 30th of May Sigrid Merx is participating and presenting in the seminar ‘“Articulating Artistic Research 5.0: Positioning the Researcher” seminar at the 2017 Canadian Association for Theatre Research annual conference.

22nd till 26th of May Konstantina Georgelou is in Utrecht co-facilitating the intensive ‘Working on Actions’ in SPRING Academy for the SPRING Performing Arts Festival.

20th of May Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is at SPRING Performing Arts Festival, as a moderator of the workshop Expanding Scenography, a collaboration of SPRING, Centre for the Humanities and Platform-Scenography.

18th till 20th of May Chiel Kattenbelt is speaker during the International Society for Intermedial Studies’s third international conference Authentic Artifice in Montreal.

6th of May Maaike Bleeker will discuss Kris Verdonck’s performance I/II/III/IIII in ICK, and talk with him about the relation between technology and body. What role can theatre and dance play in this respect?

28th of April The public defence of Laura Karreman’s PhD dissertation titled The Motion Capture Imaginary: Digital renderings of dance knowledge will take place at Ghent University, Zaal Rector Blancquaert, 16.00hrs, Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Gent.

23rd of March Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink participates in the expert panel in Platform-Scenography’s (in collaboration with Boijmans van Beuningen and Het Nieuwe Instituut, both in Rotterdam) Graven#23 session on the design of experiences in theatre and exhibition design.

16th of March Sigrid Merx is moderating at UU’s Studium Generale Lost in Transition: Identity in a changing world.

10th of March Maaike Bleeker is in Coventry giving a keynote and presenting her book Transmission in Motion at the Digital Echoes conference Dance Data: Libraries and Processes.

March to June Guido Jansen is coordinating the international programs of SPRING Academy for the SPRING Performing Arts Festival in Utrecht.

16th till 18th of February Maaike Bleeker is in Bristol for the Rock/Body: Performative Interfaces between the Geologic and the Body project.

2nd till 6th of February Maaike Bleeker is at Transmediale/Art& Digital Culture in Berlin.

27th till 29th of January Maaike Bleeker is in Dresden lecturing at Matter: Stages of Agency.

5th till 7th of December Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is at Das Theatre (previously DasArts) in Amsterdam), for a theory seminar with first-year students in a master’s degree course of the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

2nd of December Guido Jansen is moderating an after talk at the Grand Theatre in Groningen, following the performances I’m not here says the void by Julian Hetzel and Panda Express by Oneka von Schrader. The after talk is a part of VERY NOW#1, a travelling program initiated by SPRING Performing Arts festival, Het Huis Utrecht and Veem – House for Performance to draw attention to young performance makers.

21st till 25th of November Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink and Sigrid Merx are in Maribor, Slovenia at the 5th Urban Heat Academy. Urban Heat is a 4-year project on art & activism, initiated by FIT (Festivals in Transition).

18th till 19th of November Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is in Berlin, to deliver the lecture ‘Bordering and Shattering the Stage: Mobile Audiences as Compositional Forces’ at the conference Commit yourself! Staging Spectators in Immersive Theater, organised by the Freie Universität Berlin. See this link for more information!

9th of November Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink, together with  BA and MA students, goes to Arno Schuitemaker in Theater Kikker, where they will also have an aftertalk.

24th till 28th of October Liesbeth Wildschut is in Normandy, to work with her colleague Jo Butterworth on a new edition of Contemporary Choreography.

2nd till 7th of October Sigrid Merx will be in Athens with Platform-Scenography to participate in the exhibition (Out)-Topias in the New Benaki Museum. The exhibition deals with the political and social dimensions of public space as performance space. With a team from Platform-Scenography Sigrid has curated a 4-day live action research project in the city in which a group op scenographers, urban planners and architects collaboratively investigate public space from the point of view of ‘transitions’. The project is part of Platform-Scenography’s ongoing search for a scenographic approach to understanding (public) space in which thinking by doing is crucial.

16th till 22nd of September Sigrid Merx is in London for Urban Heat, an EU Creative project that enables artists to develop their understanding of issues facing cities and to develop new forms of participatory arts practice and projects in response. The project consists of a series of Urban Labs and Academies in different cities to learn more about local practices and activist and artistic strategies. She critically reflects on the projects in terms of the dramaturgical strategies that are being discussed, developed and employed. Previous Urban Labs were in Cairo, Lisbon and Dro. In November, both Sigrid and Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink will travel, in this context, to Maribor.

16th of September Maaike Bleeker is in Gotenburg as opponent to Johan Petri, who will be defending his dissertation “The Rythm of Thinking. Immanence and Ethics in Theatre Performance”.

8th and 9th of September Maaike Bleeker is in Exeter for a meeting of the Rock/Body: Performative Interfaces Between the Geologic and the Body, a research network that brings together researchers from the humanities, social sciences, health and earth sciences alongside artists to investigate the human body as a site that exists in continuity with – rather than cut away from – the geologic.

12th to 14th of August Maaike Bleeker is in Singapore for the international workshop Presenting Cutlural Specificity in Digital Collections, organised by Miguel Escobar at the National University of Singapore.

27th to 31st of July Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is in Dro, Italy, where she participates as a researcher in the Urban Heat project, a project on art, activism, new audiences and new dramaturgical strategies. Urban Heat is a project developed by the Festivals in Transition (FIT) network of thirteen international festival partners, supported by Creative Europe.

25th and 26th of July Konstantina Georgelou will be in Athens, co-facilitating the workshop ‘Dramaturgy At Work’ at the Hellenic Festival. You can find more information here.

22nd and 23rd of July Maaike Bleeker is in Exeter to meet the research network Rock/Body: Performative Interfaces between the geologic and the body. More information here.

5th to 9th of July Maaike Bleeker is at the conference Performance Climates, organised by Performance Studies international in Melbourne. More info here.

2nd to 17th of July Eugene van Erven will visit several cities: he will be with Drama Box in Singapore, he will present a paper at PSi 22 in Melbourne, he will be with Big hART in Tasmania and he will be visiting the Centre for Community Cultural Development in Hong Kong. For all these trips, he will write blog entries at eugenevanerven.wordpress.com.

15th of May to 15th of July Maaike Bleeker is Thinker in Residence at the Motion Lab-Centre for Creative Arts Research of Deakin University in Melbourne. The Motion Lab is one of Deakin University’s strategic research centers and is engaged with research at the intersection of movement and technology in, amongst others, robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, animation and creative coding. More info here.

10th and 11th of June Chiel Kattenbelt will be presenting a paper at the Die Attraktion des Apparativen conference in Hannover.

5th to 9th of June Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink and Sigrid Merx are in Lisbon for an Urban Lab on Faith, Religion and Communities in the context of Urban Heat, a 3-year project on art, activism and communities. Sigrid and Liesbeth have been asked to critically reflect on the project. For more info, see here.

19th to 28th of May Guido Jansen is working as a host for the SPRING Academy program of Utrecht University, De Montfort University and ArtEZ. Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink and Sigrid Merx also visit this Academy with BA students Dramaturgy and Scenography and RMA students Media and Performance Studies. The SPRING Academy is part of the SPRING Performing Arts Festival.

20th of May Chiel Kattenbelt will give a lecture in the Transmedia Serial Narration seminar, called Transmedial Storytelling or Intermedial World-Making? A Sign-Pragmatic Phenomenological Approach to Border Crossings Between Media.

27th of April Eugene van Erven participated in a 2-hour public seminar at the Universade do Estado de Santa Catarina in Brazil, called Arte e comunidade.

14th until 18th of April Sigrid Merx is in Cairo as part Urban Heat, a 4-year project developed by the Festivals in Transition (FIT) network which through a series of academies and Urban Labs enables artists to develop their understanding of issues facing cities and to develop new forms of participatory arts practice in response. Cairo is hosting one of the Urban Labs. Sigrid’s role in this project, together with Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink, is to critically reflect on the project through observation and participation.

6th of April Sigrid Merx, Chiel Kattenbelt and Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink are on a 1-day writing retreat at a secret place together with the members of [urban interfaces], a research group that critically investigates urban interfaces for creative and participatory engagement at the crossing of academic research and cultural practices. The group is just starting to work on their first publication.

21st of March Chiel Kattenbelt is at Studiedag Kunst in Utrecht, organised by the Vereniging Onderwijs, Kunst en Cultuur. He will give a lecture about intermediality and theatre.

5th until 8th of March Sigrid Merx is right here in Utrecht organising and participating a dramaturgy research lab with Rimini Protokoll on their latest project Top Secret, a theatrical game on intelligence and surveillance.

3rd and 4th of March Konstantina Georgelou is in Helsinki, invited as a member of the international expert panel to evaluate research proposals on art research, by the Academy of Finland Research Council for Culture and Society.

25th of February Chiel Kattenbelt is speaker at the Light in Contemporary Performance symposium at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

12th and 13th of February Konstantina Georgelou will be attending the third edition of the postgraduate conference The Young that will be taking place at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen. More information here.

2nd until 6th of February Liesbeth Wildschut is at Malta, where she will work with co-editor Jo Butterworth on a new edition of Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader.

27th of January Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is at SharedSpace Utrecht. She is one of the curators of Platform-Scenography’s latest event, Live Action Research on the Amsterdamsestraatweg, together with scenographer Sanne Danz and dramaturg Nienke Scholts. This programme is part of the SharedSpace Scenography days organized by HKU in Het Huis. See this link for more information.

16th and 17th of December: Maaike Bleeker will be part of workshops and presentations
Of the L’Astronomie Spectaculaire: explorations historiques et experimentales de l’experience visualle et spatialee des planetariums (XIXe-XXIe siecles) project. More information here.

3rd and 4th of December: Chiel Kattenbelt is in Antwerp and Brussels
He gives a lecture at the Deep Time of Theatre symposium.

19 – 21 November: Konstantina Georgelou will be presenting a paper
At the international conference How to act together: from collective engagement to protest at the University of Belgrade, organised by the Group for Social Engagement Studies.

28 October – 2 November: Sigrid Merx and Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink are in München
At Spielart / Urban Heat Academy.

19 September – 31 October: Maaike Bleeker is in Sydney
For a residency at the National Institute for Experimental Arts of the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

13 May: Sigrid Merx is in York, United Kingdom

9 May: Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is in Brussel, Belgium
giving a lecture in the program The Time We Share #1: Between witness and spectator. This program is part of Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

6 May: Maaike Bleeker is at the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
where she will be lecturing about perception and movement and how the relationship between them provides a perspective on the connections between transformations in choreographic practice and the impact of mediatization. For more information, see Facebook.

19 – 20 September – Sigrid Merx and Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink are somewhere in The Netherlands
At Thinking Scenography – Shifting Layers of Disbelief, a travelling Exposium, curated by Platform Scenography and organized by HKU University of the Arts.

4 – 5 September – Maaike Bleeker is in Rijeka, Croatia
At the kick-off of PSI #21 Fluid States: Performances of Unknowing. See http://www.fluidstates.org.

4 – 11 July – Maaike Bleeker, Eugene van Erven and Sigrid Merx are in Shanghai, China
At the annual world conference of Performance Studies international (PSi). Maaike Bleeker is president of PSi, Eugene van Erven and Sigrid Merx will be presenters at the conference: http://psi20.sta.edu.cn/info1English.html.

26th – 29th June – Maaike Bleeker is in Boston, USA 
At the roundtable “Postdramatic Dramaturgy: Postscript and/or Interim-Report”
The Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas (LMDA) 29th Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA, http://www.lmda.org/events/2014-conference-boston/lmda-conference-2014-boston-ma. 

20th, 21th June – Eugene van Erven and Sigrid Merx are in Utrecht
As organizer and presenter at the International Perspectives on Participation and Engagement in the Artsconference

20th June – Maaike Bleeker is at Oerol, Terschelling (Friesian Islands)
Where she will give a lecture at the “Waddenacademie” at Oerol site-specific theatre festival

12th-15th June – Sigrid Merx is in Basel, Switzerland
Where she will be moderator at PerformaCity, a 12-day festival and symposium about art and the urban

5-6 May – Sigrid Merx and Chiel Kattenbelt are in Athens, Greece
As participant-presenter at Fast Forward festival. See http://www.sgt.gr/en/programme/event/1592.

7-12 April – Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is in Helsinki and Rovaniemi, Finland
As participant-presenter at Theatre and the Nomadic Subject – A mobile train conference.
See http://trainconference2014.wordpress.com/programme-2.

26-30 March – Eugene van Erven is in Rotterdam
At ICAF International Community Arts Festival, Rotterdam. See http://www.icafrotterdam.com.

December 2 – Maaike Bleeker and Konstantina Georgelou are in Arnhem
At ArtEZ, Arnhem, for ‘Inventing Futures: Artistic Research with/in Educational Institutions’

November 21-24 November – Eugene van Erven is in Porto, Portugal
Where he will participate in the Mexe Encontro de arte e comunidade in Porto

November 19-20 – Maaike Bleeker is in Hamburg, Germany
For a lecture at the Department of Theatre Studies

November 13-16 – Eugene van Erven is in Prague, Czech Republic
Where he will give a presentation on radical art at the Akzent festival in Prague

November 4-10 – Maaike Bleeker is in Shanghai, China
For preparations of the upcoming Performance Studies international conference 2014 at the Shanghai Theatre Academy

October 27 till 9 November – Eugene van Erven is Durban, South Africa
The Dutch Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa is sponsoring Eugene van Erven’s presence at the Isigcawu festival in KwaMashu township, Durban. He will be traveling with actors Güner Güven and Hassan Oumhamed, with whom he will also perform in the Tembisa township near Johannesburg.

October 31 and November 1 – Maaike Bleeker is in Prague, Czech Republic
As co-organizer of and presenter on Layering Reality The Right to Mask. See also http://www.pq.cz/en/layering-reality-the-right-to-mask-a-gathering.html.

October 24-25 – Sigrid Merx is in Vienna, Austria
Where she presents at the symposium public! Symptome der Privatisierung und der Verlust der Urbanität

October 11 – Maaike Bleeker is in Ghent, Belgium
As one of the presenters at the conference De Optiek van de Kunst, see for more information www.visualpoetics.be.

September 18-28 – Sigrid Merx is in Rotterdam
Where she visits the International Performance Festival De Keuze together with the MA students as part of the course Mapping the Field

September 10-11 – Maaike Bleeker is in Cardiff, UK
At the World Stage Design 2013 conference.

September 9-11 – Chiel Kattenbelt is in London, UK
Presenting at the London School for Speech and Drama

September 9-13 – Eugene van Erven is in Nottingham and Oxford, UK

September 4-6 – Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink en Sigrid Merx are in Amsterdam
At the AMS-BER-BXS Conference on artistic biotopes, with the MA students

July 22-26 – Sigrid Merx, Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink, Chiel Kattenbelt and Maaike Bleeker are in Barcelona, Spain
Where they attend and present at the IFTR conference Re-Routing Performance

June 2013 – Maaike Bleeker and Sigrid Merx are at the PSi#19 in Stanford, US
respectively as President and Member of the Board of Performance Studies international.

April 10-13 Maaike Bleeker is in Guildford, UK
at the conference What is Performance Philosophy? Staging a new field. University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, 11-13th April 2013. The full conference programme is available here.

March 20-22 Eugene van Even is in Barcelona, Spain
Eugene gives a presentation at the Theatre Institute in Barcelona, Spain

25-26 January – Maaike Bleeker is in Cologne, Germany
Maaike is one of the keynote speakers at the Movement in Literacy | Literacy in Movement conference in Cologne.

20-23 January – Sigrid Merx is in Cologne, Germany
Sigrid will present within the Lecture Series ‘Media Culture’ at the University of Cologne. Additionally she will teach a Masterclass at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Television Studies.

November 1-4, 2012 – Sigrid Merx is in Canterbury, UK
Sigrid will teach two classes at Kent University as part of the Erasmus Mundi European Teaching Exchange Program.

October 25-27 – Sigrid Merx is in Zurich, Switzerland, at the conference ReArt:TheUrban
The conference explores the following questions: what can the arts do for the development of the city and society? how may artists make a difference to creating urban space? how to bring different approaches towards urban space together. www.rearttheurban.org.

July – Liesbeth Wildschut is in Taipei, Taiwan
Paper presentation at the Global DaCi/WDA Summit Dance, Young People and Change. See http://www.daCiWDAinTaiwan.org.

July – Chiel Kattenbelt is in Brisbane,  Australia
Chiel is keynote speaker at the ASDA conference and Visiting Scholar at the Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies. See http://www.adsa2012.com.

June – Maaike Bleeker and Sigrid Merx are at the PSi#18 conference in Leeds, UK,
as President and Member of the Board of Performance Studies international. See http://www.psi18.org.

April 26-28 – Maaike Bleeker is in Santiago de Chile
Sponsored by Performance Studies international (PSi), in collaboration with Universidad de las Artes, Ciencia y Comunicacion (UNIACC) and Centro Gabriela Mistral (GAM)
This event will establish a point of contact between artists and academics in Chile and performance studies practitioners worlwide. For more information on this event, see http://adauniacc.wordpress.com.

April 21 – Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink is at the OISTAT Scenography meeting in Maastricht
Seminar on Theatre of the Experience / Theatre of the Senses, with Dries Verhoeven, Roos van Geffen and Theun Mosk, introduced and moderated by Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink.

April 13 – Maaike Bleeker is in Minnesota, USA
Lecture by Maaike Bleeker, at Theate, Dance & Performance Studies, University of Minnesota: “(Un)covering Artistic Thought Unfolding”.

March 26-28 – Eugene van Erven is in Bristol, UK
From 26 through 28 March 2012, Eugene van Erven will be at the First International Community Theatre Festival in Bristol, England.