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Credits: Shabnam Shabazi - Snail Portrait, Romeo Castellucci - Inferno, Ria Hartley - Recall  

Credits: Shabnam Shabazi - Snail Portrait, Romeo Castellucci - Inferno, Ria Hartley - Recall  



7 November, 14 November, 21 November, 28 November, 5 December, 12 December


What is live art? Why do some people use their bodies to make it? What is the difference between art and real life? Does art matter? Do our bodies matter? Who controls them?  What do you think?

Blurring the boundaries between art, theatre, music, film, dance and politics, live art and performance can disrupt and disturb the everyday. 

For those times when it’s hard to give voice to complex ideas around our bodies, our feelings, belief, identity, live art can communicate where sometimes words fail us.

This crash course is for people aged 16 – 19. Looking at what live art and performance are, how they evolved and what they can do, each session will explore significant works from the field and their politics, before physical group exercises across the second half of each evening.

This is for misfits, loud mouths, oddballs, or wannabe artists. There are no auditions, you already have all the skills you need to be passionate and give a damn about the world – we can help with the rest.


Bursaries -  subsidised places available

We would never want the cost of this opportunity to prevent you from taking part so a limited number of free or part funded bursary places are available. If you want to find out more get in touch with us via  


About The Facilitators

Beth Nesbitt

Beth Nesbitt is currently Youth Programme Co-Ordinator at the National Theatre. Beth has worked everywhere from box office to backstage, general management to learning; in the West End to Battersea Arts Centre to Saudi Arabia. Beth specializes in developing platforms for people to make performance which celebrates adventure, imagination and innovation, that ‘just happens’ to be made by young artists and communities.

Hester Chillingworth and Forced Entertainment

Hester Chillingworth is Creative Producer (Participation & Engagement) at Forced Entertainment, and Thinker-in-Residence (Young People, Gender & Live Art) at the Live Art Development Agency. Hester is also a solo artist and directs GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN performance company.

Forced Entertainment is the internationally acclaimed performance ensemble, founded in 1984 in Sheffield, UK; they have been key players in of the development of a truly contemporary theatre language, and have inspired and influenced generations of UK, European and North American theatre makers for over 30 years.

Shabnam Shabazi

Shabnam Shabazi has a solo and collaborative practice. Blurring art forms and taking a non-hierarchical person/artist centered approach is vital to her practice. Her diverse output of work includes: performance, theatre, object, video, sound, text/writing, mixed media, and installation. Memories, dreams, rituals, journeys, the spaces ‘in between’ art forms and cultures animate her practice. She works as a maker and enabler of creative works nationally and internationally.


Course Schedule

WEEK 1 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVE ART (or – what is it?)

What is live art? Where has it come from? Who makes it and why?

WEEK 2 - SHOCKING BODIES (or – you are the material)

What is body based performance? What do we mean by ‘the body as material’?

WEEK 3 - IDENTITY POLITICS (or – you are an activist)

What do we mean by identity politics? How and why are they used to make art?

WEEK 4 - PROCESS (or – how to make live art)

What do we mean by process-led? What do we mean by research?

WEEK 5 - TIME + SPACE (or – durational work and site specific work)

What do we mean by time and space, or site specific? Why do artists work with them?

WEEK 6 - YOU’RE A STAR BABY (or – early professional development)

How to pursue a future making performance and live art 

Earlier Event: 7 November
Later Event: 8 November