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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.

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:

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)

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

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[select from the above]


Ashford, John. 'The Jazz of Dreams: Performance Art'. Dreams and Deconstructions: Alternative Theatre in Britain. Ed. Sandy Craig. Ambergate: Amber Lane Press, 1980. 95-104.
[*discusses the work of Shirley Cameron and Roland Miller; includes b/w photograph p. 97].

Alston, David. 'Foreword'. Ivor Davies - Chwedloniaeth Y Llyfr Gwyn/ Legends from the White Book (a Touring Exhibition). Ed. Wolseley Fine Arts. London: Wolseley Fine Art, 1998. 4–5.
[*mention of Ivor Davies's performance work in 1966 and at the Eisteddfod in 1995 and 1996].

Bala, Iwan. 'Art as Catharsis: Karen Ingham and André Stitt'. Here + Now: Essays on Contemporary Art in Wales. Bridgend: Seren, 2003. 133-48.

---. 'Horizon Wales: Visual Art and the Postcolonial'. Postcolonial Wales. Eds. Jane Aaron and Chris Williams. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2005. 234-50.
[*essay on 'Wales Art' and postcolonialism].

Davies, Ivor. 'Displaced Memories'. Certain Welsh Artists - Custodial Aesthetics in Contemporary Welsh Art. Ed. Iwan Bala. Bridgend: Seren, 1999. 88-98.
[* especially on Destruction in Art Symposium London 1966 and the Beca group].

Glew, Adrian. 'Happening and Fluxus Artist Lost and Found', Gustav Metzger: Retrospectives (Museum of Modern Art Papers Volume Three), Ed. Ian Cole. Oxford: Museum of Modern Art, pp. 23, 1999; pp. 16–25.
[* includes discussion of Gustav Metzger's Extremes Touch in Swansea 1968, p.23

---. 'Dr Fluxus', The Printed Performance - Brian Lane Works 1966–99. Ed. Rogers, Martin and Simon Cutts, Derby: Research Group for Artists Publications, 2001; pp. 25–30.[Reprinted in: On Fluxus, Performance Research 7:3, September 2002, 135–8.]
[*includes discussion of Brian Lane and the First Dream Machine's Fluxconcert by and for Fluxus in Aberystwyth 1968 (pp. 28–9). Book also features a detailed list of ephemera related to this event (pp.46–7) and colour images of the leaflets used in the Fluxus Leaflet Concert in Aberystwyth (pp. 82–3).]

Hourahane, Shelagh. 'Paul Davies'. Safbwyntiau - Artistiaid O Gymru Am Gymru / Standpoints - Welsh Artists on Wales. Wrexham: Wrexham Library Arts Centre, 1995. 20.
[*Published on the occasion of the exhibition Standpoints: Welsh Artists on Wales, Wrexham Library Arts Centre, 5 August - 2 September 1995].

---. 'Maps, Myths and the Politics of Art'. Certain Welsh Artists - Custodial Aesthetics in Contemporary Welsh Art. Ed. Iwan Bala. Bridgend: Seren, 1999. 66-81.
[*essay which mentions Paul Davies, including his Welsh Not action at the Eisteddfod 1977 and his Mud Map of Wales at the Eisteddfod 1986].

Obrist, Hans-Ulrich. 'Interview II: Extremes Touch/ Laboratorium - Oxford 1999', Gustav Metzger - Conversation Series 16, Ed. Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, 2008; pp. 39–46.
[* interview with Gustav Metzger about his Extremes Touch in Swansea 1968]

Roms, Heike. 'Eye and Ear, Foot and Mouth: Mapping Performance in three journeys and one withdrawal', A Performance Cosmology - Testimony from the Future - Evidence of the Past, Eds. Judie Christie, Richard Gough and Daniel Watt. London: Routledge, 2006; p. 10–14.
[* on Simon Whitehead and Rachel Rosenthal's The River's Journey 2000]

---. 'Footnotes: Four walks in the company of Simon Whitehead', Walking to Work, Ed. Simon Whitehead. Abercych: Gwaith Cerdded/ Shoeless 2006, pp. 4.

---. 'profile: Phil Babot', Re: Imaging Wales - A Yearbook of the Visual Arts, Ed. Hugh Adams. Bridgend: Seren, 2006; p.16.

---. 'From Map to Trace - Situating Performance Art in Wales', trace installaction artspace - 00-05, Ed. André Stitt. Bridgend: Seren, 2006, pp. 14–36.

---. 'Performance Archiving Performance'. Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion: Stuart Brisley, Ian Hinchliffe, Alastair Maclennan, Tatsumi Orimoto, Exhibition Catalogue. Ed. Chapter Arts Centre. Cardiff: Chapter, 2007. 7–15.
[*on Performance Archive exhibition with S. Brisley, I. Hinchliffe, A. MacLennan, T. Orimoto.].

---. 'What Substance is Substance? André Stitt's Material Performances', in André Stitt, Substance: Residues, Drawings & Partial Objects 1976-2008, Exhibition Catalogue. Exeter: Spacex, 2008, pp. 12-19.

---. 'Interview with John Cale', Dyddiau Du/ Dark Days - Wales at the Venice Biennale, Exhibition Catalogue. Cardiff: Wales at Venice Biennale/ Arts Council of Wales, with the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Heike Roms and Rebecca Edwards. ‘Oral History as Site-Specific Practice: Locating the History of Performance Art in Wales’, in Shelley Trower, Place, Writing and Voice in Oral History (Studies in Oral History), Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 171–191.

Heike Roms and Rebecca Edwards. ‘Towards a (Pre-) history of Live Art in the UK’, Contemporary Theatre Review 22-1 (2012) (Special Issue: Live Art in the UK; issue editor: Dominic Johnson), 17-31. ISSN 1048-6801 (Print), 1477-2264 (Online).
[*on the first Happening in Cardiff 1965 and Cardiff College of Art]

Rowan, Eric. 'The Visual Arts'. The Arts in Wales 1950-75. Ed. Meic Stephens. Cardiff: Welsh Arts Council, 1979. 51-85. [Cymraeg: 'Y Celfyddydau Gweledol', Y Celfyddydau yng Nghymru 1950–75, gol. Meic Stephens. Caerdydd: Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, 1979, pp. 57–93.]
[*contains paragraph on 'the new and exciting area of performance arts in Wales', in which John Gingell, Keith Wood and Tom Hudson are mentioned (p.80-81)].

Thomas, Ed. 'Hiraeth'. Act One Wales: Thirteen One Act Plays. Ed. Phil Clark. Bridgend: Seren, 1996. pp. 161-81.