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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]


Adams, Gilly. 'Chapter Arts Centre - the Early Years: Chris Kinsey Interviewed by Gilly Adams'. Planet. 135 (1999): 44–52.
[*mentions early performative initiatives such as Pavilions in the Park 1971 and the Queen Street Shop 1969-1970].

Babot, Philip. ‘André Stitt’s Reclamation - Remembrance, Rupture and Catharsis’,Platfform (Contemporary performance practice in Wales) tri/3 (August 2007): p.6–11.
[*review essay of André Sitt's installation and performance Reclamation at Chapter, Cardiff, 2005].

Bacon, Julie, ‘trace: the domestics of art’ (Les zones hétérogènes de l’art), transl. Julie Bacon, in Stitt, André: (ed.) trace: installation art space - Season 1, unpublished document; first published in French in Esse Arts + Opinions 42 (Practiques Urbaines) (2001), 66-8.; reproduced on
[*review of opening of trace: installaction artspace Cardiff with performance by Alastair MacLennan]

Bala, Iwan, 'Rêl Thing - Iwan Bala on the Art of Carwyn Evans and Bedwyr Williams'. Planet. 166 (2004): 31-7.
[*profile of Bedwyr Williams].

Combined Arts Unit - Arts Council of Great Britain. Performance Art Events- Monthly Listing and News-Sheet of New Work in Performance Art and Related Areas. London: Combined Arts Unit Arts Council of Great Britain, 1986ff.
[*monthly listing and news-sheet of new work in performance art and related areas].

Davies, Ivor. 'Editorial'. Link. 52 (1986): 2.
[*on DIAS and Davies' involvement].

---, ed. Link. Vol. 52. Cardiff: AADW (Association of Artists and Designers in Wales), 1986.
[*contains editorial by Davies on DIAS; an article by Kristine Stiles on the Destruction in Art Symposium; an interview with Ivor Davies by Kristine Stiles; an interview with Paul Davies by Ivor Davies].

---. 'Notes Towards the Definition of the Artist'. Planet. 106 (1994): 40-8.

Hourahane, Shelagh. 'Site-Ations: An International Art Event in Cardiff'. Planet. 108 (1994-5): 20-4.

---. 'A Continuing Presence: A Profile of Paul Davies (1947-93)'. Planet. 130 (1998): 36-45.

McPherson, Alan. 'There's Another Way of Communicating, and It's Not through Meaning - Performance at Wrexham'. Artscribe. 8 (September '77) (1977): 52-54.
[* Review of the international performance festival at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham 1977].

Miller, Roland. 'Landscape and Living Spaces: Roland Miller & Shirley Cameron'. Second Aeon. 15 (1972): 77-81.
[*article on the concepts of the work; mentions Cyclamen Cyclists and New Fol-de-Rols; two b/w photographs; same issue also contains an article by Ian Breakwell of UNWORD 3 Bristol].

Osmond, Jonathan. 'Beuys' Stuff'. The Art Book 12. 3 (2005): 13-14.
[* includes a mention of Beuys' involvement in the National Eisteddfod Wrexham 1977].

Pearson, Mike and Jeff, Paul.'Pearson/Brookes: Carrying Lyn' (artist's pages). Performance Research 6:3 ('Navigations') (Winte 2001): 23.
[* includes black & white photographs of the performance by Paul Jeff on CD-Rom].

Rees, Sara. 'Threshold - on the Work of Eve Dent'. Platfform - Contemporary Performance Practice in Wales. 1 (Autumn 2003): 24-9.

Roms, Heike. 'Eventful Evidence'. Maska 117–118 (Issue: History – Experience – Archive) (Autumn 2008): 69-77.
[*essay published in English and Slovene as 'Dodokovni dokazi / Dogodkovno dokazovanje: Zgodoviniti performans' (translator: Barbara Hribar)]. [German article referencing the essay.]

---. 'Performance Drawing'. WelshArtNow 1 (Oct-Dec 2008): 24-28.
[*re: André Stitt, Phil Babot, Paul Granjon, Matt Cook, Simon Whitehead, Timothy Emlyn Jones, Bedwyr Williams, Peter Finnemore, Owen Griffiths and others].

---. 'What's Welsh for Performance?: Constructing an Archive of Performance Art in Wales'. Cyfrwng (Media Wales Journal) 5 (2008): 54-72.
[*a comprehensive article which discusses some of the methodological implications of archiving performance work with reference to the first ten years of the art form after its initial appearance in Wales in 1968; the article describes the two main strands of the Welsh performance archive: an online searchable database ( and a publicly staged Oral History series].

---. 'Remembering Performance - Heike Roms in conversation with Ivor Davies'. Platfform (Contemporary performance practice in Wales) tri/3 (August 2007): 13-17.
[* an edited transcript of the conversation with Ivor Davies held on 12 October 2006 in Cardiff as part of 'An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales']. [read it online]

---. 'Performance and Protest'. New Welsh Review 2007: 16-26.
[*Heike Roms re-visits the international performance art programme at the National Eisteddfod in 1977. In conversation with Timothy Emlyn Jones, John Chris Jones and Andrew Knight, she discusses its attempt to connect a radical art practice with local cultural concerns, as well as its legacy. - extract from transcript 'An Oral History of Performance in Wales' conversation].

---. 'Performing Polis: Theatre, Nationness and Civic Identity in Post-Devolution Wales', Studies in Theatre and Performance 24: 3 (2004), pp. 177-192.

---. 'Quel est le mot gallois pour <performance>? Trente ans d'art au pays de Galles.' ['What's the Welsh for Performance?: 30 years of Action Art in Wales'], Inter Magazine (Canada) 88 (2004): 4-14, 22-25.

---.'Compte-rendu de Rhwnt [échange en performance, Pays de Galles - Québec 2003-2004]' (Review: “Rhwnt” [Wales - Québec Performance Exchange 2003-2004]), Inter Magazine (Canada) 88 (2004): 15-21, 25-27.

---. 'Toward a Politics of the Nearly-Now - Presence and Co-presence in Performance', Frakcija: Performing Arts Magazine 28/29 (2004): 69-77.

---. 'Between Queer and Folk', New Welsh Review 58 (2002): 66-72. Reprinted in: Platfform: Contemporary Performance practice in Wales, 1 (Autumn 2003), pp. 16-23.

---. 'Willows III - Waiting for Take Off', Live Art Magazine 34 (2001): 8.

---. 'Bewegliche Landschaften' - Dance and Landscape, BalletTanz 7 (2000): 34-7. (German Version)

---. 'Movable Landscapes'- Dance and Landscape, BalletTanz 7 (2000): 34-7. (English Version)

---. 'Moving Landscapes - A glance back at recent developments in Welsh Dance Theatre', Planet 126 (1997): 79-82.

Roms, Heike et. al., 'Beth yw Astudiathau Perfformio?' ['What is Performance Studies?], Cyfrwng Media Wales Journal 2 (2005): 86-100.
[* on the formation of Performance Studies in Wales].

Heike Roms and Mike Pearson, 'Marking time', in: Jennie Savage (ed). Mapping 001: Cartography, philosophy, visual art, performance and surrounding areas, Platfform 2 (2004).

Jennie Savage, 'Wander', liveartmagazine online 2003; reproduced on
[* review of Ointment's Crwydro Wander May 2003]

Studio International 192. 982 (July/August) (1976) 'Theme Issue "Performance"'.
[*special issue on the theme of Performance with essays by Shirley Cameron and Roland Miller; includes b/w images of 3 performance pieces].

Tickner, Lisa. 'One for Sorrow, Two for Mirth: The Performance Work of Rose Finn-Kelcey'. Oxford Art Journal 3. 1 (Women in Art) (1980): 58-71.
[*discussion of Rose Finn-Kelcey's work for the Wrexham Eisteddfod 1977, Her Mistress's Voice; including interview with the artist].