Noel Witts - Professor of Performing Arts

WHERE FROM HERE ? 25 YEARS OF THIRD ANGEL

January 2, 2017

WHERE FROM HERE : 21 YEARS OF THIRD ANGEL

LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY, THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER

This celebration of the work of the Sheffield based performance company Third Angel took place on Thursday  17 November  at Leeds Beckett University as part of the Leeds Compass Festival 2016. Third Angel is a company which devises theatre and other shows which usually ask  questions about how we create performance, how performance can involve a variety of sources – from audience members, from writers, researchers, film-makers, academics, friends and  family .

The symposium, which was attended by over 70 people, reminded us of the often enigmatic titles of Third Angel’s many shows – “Class of 76″, “Cape Wrath”, “Presumption”, “What I heard About the World”,  and many others, of which we were illuminated  by a series of tributes by younger performance makers and academics from a variety of universities.  Among those participating were Alex Kelly and Rachel Walton, the founders of Third Angel, Oliver Bray, Head of Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett, Hannah Nicklin, Michael Pinchbeck,  Caroline Horton, Andrew Jeffrey, and two PhD students from Leeds.

Above all  we were reminded of how the  links between Third Angel and  Higher Education – particularly at Leeds Beckett  -  have been crucial in influencing the current generation of new performers whose work is not tied to the mainstream textual tradition, and whose work now influences both the way in which we create performance and the ways in which we view and define what we may now mean by ‘performance’.

As one of the editors of the projected “Twenty-First Century Performance Reader” I am only too aware of the ways in which the term has been  challenged,changed , and redeveloped world-wide, where performance artists talking about themselves no longer write manifestos or defining essays, but use the form of the interview, letter, or blog to express their views. Third Angel appears in this compilation precisely because their work has , for 21 years, been expanding the field and encouraging young UK  practitioners  in the creation of new work. In this era of Brexit and Trump it would seem that artists will need all their ingenuity  to navigate the inevitable twists and turns of what may hopefully be cultural policy, and it is in this context that the continuing world of Third Angel is crucial.

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2017

January

2015

September

    This year Liverpool Hope has made me a Professorial Fellow - an honour which I have been pleased to accept.
    Several years ago John Theocharis and I made a BBC Radio 3 documentary about the redoubtable Barbara,

2014

March

2013

November

September

    "Demarco's Travels"  is an ambulant performance devised for this year's Edinburgh fringe at the Summerhall

August

July

    BUXTON FESTIVAL, 2013 This is this the first Buxton festival under the direction of Stephen Barlow
    SIBIU INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, 7-16 June,  2013 The Sibiu

2012

May

2011

December

    The response to Vaclav Havel's death outside the Czech and Slovak republics has been a strange mixture

November

October

    Just back from seeing the run of Andriy Zholdak's 'Mefisto', being shown at the State Theatre in Uppsala,
    Sally-Anne Kelly, an MA student from Central St.Martins, London, has just finished digitalising most
    Sad to hear of Dragan's death - one of the most interesting and combative theatre intellectuals I have
    Just back from a validating visit to Lasalle College of Arts in Singapore, an extraordinary glass building
    Heard last week of the death of Linda, one of he founders of the Performing Arts degree course at Leicester

July

April

    Just been present at a Kantor show at Rose Bruford College, London, where third year students were directed

March

    welcome to my website.please let me know what you think of it

2010

October