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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)

Funded by Wedi ei drawsgronni gan:

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

:essays :ysgrifau



:forthcoming essays

Heike Roms (2012) ‘Archiving Legacies: Who Cares for Performance Remains?’, in Gunhild Borgreen and Rune Gade (eds) Performing Archives/ Archives of Performance, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press; University of Copenhagen.

:published essays

[for information on where to purchase these essays click here]

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

Heike Roms and Rebecca Edwards (2011) ‘Oral History as Site-Specific Practice: Locating the History of Performance Art in Wales’, Shelley Trower, Place, Writing and Voice in Oral History (Studies in Oral History), Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 171–191. (ISBN 9780230623699)

Heike Roms (2010) ‘Remembering Performance – Performing Memory: An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales’, in Nicole Leclercq, Laurent Rossion and Alan R. Jones (eds) Capter l’essence du spectacle - Capturing the Essence of Performance, Proceedings of the Congrès de Glasgow SIBMAS Glasgow Congress 2008, Brussels: Peter Lang, pp. 209–220. (ISBN 978-90-5201-637-5)

Heike Roms (2010) ‘Das Ereignis als Evidenz, die Evidenz als Ereignis: Zur Geschichtsschreibung der Performance Art’, MAP – media | archive | performance e-journal 2 (Entscheidung und Augenschein), (German version) [Peer Reviewed]

Heike Roms (2008) ‘Eventful Evidence: Historicizing Performance Art’, Maska. 117–118 (Issue: History – Experience – Archive) (Autumn 2008), pp. 69–77. (English Version) (ISSN 9-771318-050001)

Heike Roms (2008) 'Dodokovni dokazi / Dogodkovno dokazovanje: Zgodoviniti performans', translator: Barbara Hriba, Maska. 117–118 (Issue: History – Experience – Archive) (Autumn 2008), pp. 69–77. (Slovene version) (ISSN 9-771318-050001)

Heike Roms (2008) ‘What’s Welsh for Performance? Constructing an Archive of Performance Art in Wales’, Cyfrwng Media Wales Journal 5: 54–72. (ISSN 1742-9234) [Peer-reviewed]

Heike Roms (2006) ‘From map to Trace: Situating performance in Wales’, in André Stitt (ed.) trace installaction artspace – 00-05, Bridgend: Seren, pp. 14-36. (ISBN 1-85411-408-5)

Heike Roms (2004) ‘What’s the Welsh for Performance?: 30 years of Action Art in Wales’, Inter (Canada) 88: 22–25. (English version) (ISSN 9-770825-870003)

Heike Roms (2004) ‘Quel est le mot gallois pour «performance»? Trente ans d’art au pays de Galles’ (translation: Viviane Paradis), Inter (Canada) 88: 4–14. (French version) (ISSN 9-770825-870003)

Other relevant publications:

Heike Roms (2009), 'Interview with John Cale', Dyddiau Du/ Dark Days– Wales at the Venice Biennale, Cardiff: Wales at Venice Biennale/ Arts Council of Wales, with the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Roms, Heike (2008) ‘What Substance is Substance? – André Stitt’s Material Performances, in André Stitt, Substance: Residues, Drawings & Partial Objects 1976–2008, Exeter: Spacex, pp. 12–19.

Roms, Heike (2008) ‘Performance Drawing’,WelshArtNow 1 (Oct-Dec 2008), pp. 24-28.

Roms, Heike (2007) ‘Performance Archives Performance’, in Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion: Stuart Brisley, Ian Hinchliffe, Alastair MacLennan, Tatsumi Orimoto, exhibition catalogue, Cardiff: Chapter, pp. 7–15.

Roms, Heike (2007) 'Remembering Performance - Heike Roms in conversation with Ivor Davies'. Platfform (Contemporary performance practice in Wales) tri/3 (August): 13-17.

Roms, Heike (2007) 'Performance and Protest'. New Welsh Review 76 (Summer): 16-26.

Heike Roms (2006) ‘profile: Phil Babot’, in: Hugh Adams (ed.) Re: Imaging Wales – A Yearbook of the Visual Arts, Bridgend: Seren, p. 16. (ISBN 1-85411-406-9)

Heike Roms (2005) ‘Introduction to Simon Whitehead – A Complex Experiential map: 22 Tormentil’, New Welsh Review 69 (Autumn 2005), 77.

Heike Roms (2004) ‘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: 15–21, 25–27. ISSN 0825-8708

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

Heike Roms (2001) ‘Willows III - Waiting for Take Off’, Live Art Magazine 34: 8.

Heike Roms (2000) ‘Bewegliche Landschaften’ - Dance and Landscape, BalletTanz 7: 34-7. (German Version)

Heike Roms (2000) ‘Movable Landscapes’- Dance and Landscape, BalletTanz 7: 34-7.  (English Version)

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For a full list of publications on performance art in Wales see our bibliography section - click here!