Reading On Empowerment I with Danae Theodoridou


Reading on Empowerment | with Danae Theodoridou

Danae Theodoridou - Practice of Democracy - Empowerment fold - SEA Foundation Tilburg - performance practice - La-Strada festival Graz-Nikola-Milatovic Fontys Academy of the Arts
PUBLICING: Practicing Democracy through Performance
© La Strada Graz / Nikola Milatovic

7:00 – 8:00 pm CEST
online and on-site

SEA Foundation
Tivolistraat 22
5046HD Tilburg

This reading group event is part
of SEA Foundations’ longer-term
research of art and sustainability
fold #09 Empowerment.

The event is free of charge,
organised by artists and volunteers
of the SEA Foundation.

Moderated by Michaela Davidova & Xenia Tsompanidou


The last Thursday of November (30.11), we will welcome performance maker and researcher Danae Theodoridou to SEA Foundation’s reading circle in the frame of fold #09 on Empowerment. The Reading on Empowerment is a collaboration between SEA Foundation and Fontys Academy of the Arts.

Practicing Democracy through Performance

The departure point for this reading session is ideas discussed in Theodoridou’s recent book Publicing – Practising Democracy Through Performance (Nissos 2022), where she proposes that performance today should operate as an act of ‘publicing’, namely as a frame for constructing public space and time anew, providing alternatives to capitalism. Through sharing concrete examples and processes involved in her artistic projects, the participants of the session will elaborate on different artistic approaches to participation, and examine the conditions under which art can create communities of people able to question established social configurations and power relations, practicing a more democratic, emancipatory, inclusive and just social coexistence. The session will also include a more experiential reading of a performance script involved in the maker’s work.

Bio Danae Theodoridou

Danae Theodoridou is a performance maker and researcher based in Brussels. Her artistic research focuses on social imaginaries, the practice of democracy and the way that art contributes to the emergence of socio-political alternatives. She teaches at Fontys University of Applied Sciences (NL), curates practice-led research projects, and presents and publishes her work internationally. She is the co-author of The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz, 2017) and the author of PUBLICING: Practising Democracy Through Performance (Nissos, 2022).

Danae Theodoridou website

The session is organized in collaboration with Fontys Academy of the Arts in the frame of the Creative Democracy research project, organized by Fontys Kenniscentrum Creative Economy.

The programme of reading sessions:

26.10.2023 reading with Barbora Trnková ft. Vašulka Kitchen
28.09.2023 reading with Pam Virada
in fold #08 on Spirit

22.06.2023 reading with Golnar Abbasi
25.05.2023 reading with Charlotte Jarvis
in fold #07 on Solidarity

30.03.2023 reading with Doris Hardeman
23.02.2023 reading with Risk Hazekamp
26.01.2023 reading with Gladys Zeevaarders
in fold #06 on Reimagining

27.10.2022 reading with Anna Zvyagintseva
05.10.2022 reading with Jun Zhang
25.08.2022 reading with Christopher van Ginhoven Rey
in fold #04
on Awakening

02.12.2021 reading with Laura Castro
18.11.2021 reading with Sophia Holst

16.09.2021 reading with Amy Franceschini
in fold #02 on Commons

08.07.2021 reading with Sheng-Wen Lo
17.06.2021 reading with Katarina Jazbec
20.05.2021 reading with Mari Kesi-Korsu
in fold #01 on Empathy

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