Two Live Artists in the Theatre: A Dialogue with Tania El Khoury and Deborah Pearson

Deborah Pearson, Tania El Khoury

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Deborah Pearson and Tania El Khoury engage in a playful, theatre-inspired dialogue (complete with stage directions) in which they discuss their complicated relationships, as live artists, working within theatre institutions. Chatting over Skype, Tania and Deborah discuss the ways in which work is read differently depending on the context within which it appears, and the difficulties from both the artist's and institution's perspective in offering appropriate financial compensation to artists for their work (particularly one-on-one performances). They discuss the nature of a theatre audience experiencing live art. Making specific references to some of their own works including Gardens Speak, Maybe if You Choreograph Me You Will Feel Better, The Future Show and The Advice Booth, El Khoury and Pearson situate themselves as live artists who work in the theatre institutions, and attempt to unpick and challenge the complexities that arise from that situation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-126
Number of pages5
JournalPerformance Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2015


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