Taking Heart

An exploration of a sense of place in the creation of large scale public events

Thursday 30 April 2009

G08, Old School Board,
Calverley Street
Leeds Metropolitan University



Guest Lecture
Nigel Jamieson



Internationally renowned theatre and performance events director Nigel Jamieson, will deliver a presentation exploring a sense of place, context and humanity in creating large scale artistically focussed public events.

With the political and corporate pressures that accompany high profile public events, can we ensure they remain a place not just for promotion, but for empowerment, reinvention, creativity and unity?

As the white glare of the Olympic spotlight focuses on
Britain, is there a chance that the accompanying huge investment in public performance might be used in new ways? Are we brave enough to reinvent what the world is used to, and focus not on self promotion but on the challenges that all of us who share the planet face together?

Nigel’s talk will consider how to make live performance part of the fabric of our communities, animating buildings and landscapes, getting us to re-imagine our public spaces, and permitting the intimate and the personal to sit alongside the epic and spectacular, using technologies not to distance but to unite in ways never imagined before.





About the speaker



Nigel Jamieson is acclaimed for creating some of the most compelling and eloquent physically expressive theatre of the last 10-15 years.

Founder of the International Workshop Festival in London, and the 1st London Festival of Circus, he was an Associate Director at the Royal National Theatre before moving to Australia in the 1990’s where he has become one of the leading voices in contemporary Australian performance.

He has created numerous productions in public spaces and on buildings and was the artistic director on ceremonies with the Sydney Olympics, Melbourne & Manchester Commonwealth Games and
Liverpool 08.






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