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A research project devoted to uncovering and archiving the history of Performance Art in Wales.

Prosiect ymchwil i ddadorchuddio ac archifo hanes Celf Perfformio yng Nghymru.

Winner of the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011.

If you have any information on performance in Wales that could be of use to the project, please get in touch!

Whether you are an artist who has made performance work in Wales, or an audience member who once witnessed a performance (voluntarily or involuntarily!), we would be pleased to hear from you.
Any material will be of interest - from actual pieces of documentation to vague memories of events caught out of the corner of one's eye.
mail@performance-wales.org

Cysylltwch â ni os oes gennych unrhyw wybodaeth am berfformio yng Nghymru a allai fod o ddefnydd i'r prosiect!

Efallai eich bod yn artist sydd wedi gwneud gwaith perfformio yng Nghymru, neu'n aelod o gynulleidfa a welodd berfformiad unwaith (o'ch gwirfodd neu'n anwirfoddol!). Pwy bynnag ydych chi, hoffem glywed gennych.
Bydd unrhyw ddeunydd o ddiddordeb - o ddogfennau gwreiddiol i atgofion amwys am ddigwyddiadau a welwyd o gornel y llygad.
Mae'r manylion cyswllt wedi'u rhestru dan 'Cyswllt' yma, neu gallwch anfon e-bost i'r cyfeiriad hwn: mail@performance-wales.org

Project Director Cyfarwyddwr Prosiect: Heike Roms
Dept Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol

Contact: Professor Heike Roms
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol
Aberystwyth University
Adeilad Parry-Williams Building
Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ,
UK phone ffon: (+44) 1970 - 621911 (direct uniongyrchol) mail@performance-wales.org

Funded by Wedi ei drawsgronni gan:
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC) (2009-2011)
(CYNGOR YMCHWIL Y CELFYDDYDAU A’R DYNIAETHAU) (2009-2011)
ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES (ACW) (2006-2008)
CYNGOR CELFYDDYDAU CYMRU (CCC) (2006-2008)
SIR DAVID HUGHES PARRY AWARD 2006, 2008
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FUND (2007)

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What's Welsh for Performance? Beth yw 'performance' yn Gymraeg?

:15 events from 15 years: 1972

:1965 :1966 :1967 :1968 :1969 :1970 :1971 :1972 :1973 :1974 :1975 :1976 :1977 :1978 :1979

     

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Timothy Emlyn Jones [or Tim Jones]

*Equation = Equation

5 December 1972 to 5 January 1973

'From 10am every day. The artist will be working in the exhibition on the 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 December. '

Cardiff: Chapter Arts Centre.

[Photos: courtesy of Timothy Emlyn Jones Archive Collection (Private)]

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[...] some work that I did at Chapter in Cardiff, it had been open a very short period of time, I think I was the second exhibition in there, a performance called 'Equation = Equation' an installation that lasted … I've forgotten the number of weeks but I performed regularly through this and you all know Chapter of course and at that time, the four connected spaces that are now the gallery actually had a wall right across, they were former classrooms. And this was a piece exploring relationships of language to action, some of it was in Welsh – Welsh, English and other European languages. And that's … I took it to Edinburgh a little later, this was at the Richard Demarco Gallery [...]. You can see these many rods have texts written on them and an infinite sequence of actions exploring aspects of the language and the impossibility of rational meaning. This was where I met Beuys, he came to the performance and we very quickly became very good friends over the next ten years or so. [...]


(Timothy Emlyn Jones in conversation with Heike Roms - An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales- with Timothy Emlyn Jones, John Chris Jones and Andrew Knight, Cardiff 22 Feb 2007.)

For the full transcript of the conversation click here.

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For more information on the event and on its available documentation search our database.

Or listen to our oral history conversation with Timothy Emlyn Jones.