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Dr Fred Dalmasso

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Fred joined Loughborough in 2016, having previously taught at the University of Worcester. He holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris X-Nanterre and an MA in History of Art from the University of Reading. He gained his PhD from Loughborough University in 2012; his thesis explored French philosopher Alain Badiou’s theatre. He has trained at the École du Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris) and worked as an actor, theatre director and producer in France and Ireland. He is the artistic director of the performance group collect-ifs. His main areas of research are practice-based theatre translation and the relationship between performance, theatre, philosophy and politics. His teaching focuses on 20th and 21st century theatre and performance in their interaction with politics and philosophy and movement-based theatre practice.

This semester Fred is teaching the following modules: ‘World Theatres’, ‘Theatre Histories’ and ‘Modern and Contemporary British Theatre’.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Fred's research interests include theatre adaptation and practice-based theatre translation, particularly the translation of rhythm. He also researches the possible interaction(s) between performance, theatre, philosophy and politics, specifically what he defines as ‘theatres of inexist[a]nce’.

Current publication projects include a book, Transitory Theatre - a cross-examination of French philosopher Alain Badiou’s theatre, philosophy and politics; and an edited collection, Syncope in Visual and Performing Arts (Paris, Editions Le Manuscrit, 2016). This publication goes together with an exhibition at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Picardie (15th March – 5th July).

As part of his practice as research, Fred has recently written, with John Schad (University of Lancaster), a stage adaptation of his documentary novel Someone Called Derrida. The play entitled Last Train (EROS Press, forthcoming 2016) has been performed at several venues in the UK, including The Ortus in London with support from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and more recently at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.

He also recently started to work more with film and is currently filming and editing a documentary film based on John Schad’s novel The Late Walter Benjamin, set in 1948 on London-overspill council estate South Oxhey. The film Nowhere Near Utopia documents the lives of bombed-out Londoners and that of newcomers to the estate. It focuses not only on the very early days of the estate but also the racial and political tensions experienced there in the 1970s and how those tensions resonate with the estate as it is today. The film will premiere at the Watford Palace Theatre on Monday 4th July 2016.

He is co-convenor of the Theatre, Performance and Philosophy working group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association).

Further information about Fred's research can be found at

Public Engagement

(documentary film) Nowhere Near Utopia: Watford Palace Theatre, 4th July 2016

(performance) John Schad’s Nowhere Near London (directing and performing): Watford Palace Theatre, 4th July 2016

(performance) Last Train to Oxford (co-adaptation, directing and performing): Oxford Playhouse, April 2012; Lancaster Dukes Theatre as part of LitFest, Nov. 2012;  The Ortus (London) with support from South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Oct. 2013; Worcester Royal Infirmary Hospital, Oct. 2013; Arts at the Old Firestation, Oxford, Nov. 2014; Judith E. Wilson Studio, Cambridge, Jan. 2015; Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, June 2015.

(performance) Bernard Marie Koltès’ In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields (directing), Biennale BM Koltès, Metz (France) Oct. 2014


Membership of editorial boards

Editorial Board member for the Via Artis series (Paris, Editions Le Manuscrit)


Membership of any relevant societies/organisations 

Co-convenor (with Kélina Gotman) of the Theatre, Performance and Philosophy research group at TaPRA

Member of the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD), France


Public talks/conference papers


‘Withdrawn Images and Syncopolitics’ – Syncope: Exhibition Launch, FRAC Picardie, March 2016

‘Stages of Statelessness’ – Institutions, Politics, Performance conferenceGreen Park, Athens, September 2015

‘Ethics of Play in Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Life and Times’ TaPRA (Theatre, Performance & Philosophy) Conference, University of Worcester, September 2015

‘Badiou’s Ethics of Play or How to Perform Inexist[a]nce’ - Ethics of Play international conference organised by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Philosophy, and Charles University, Faculty of Humanities, Prague, November 2014

‘The Groundless Performer’ (in collaboration with performer Lee Hassall) - Helsinki International Platform for Performer Training conference, Theatre Academy, January 2014

‘The Prompting of Screen Presence on Stage’ - Cinema in theatre in French and English- speaking cultures international conference organised by Lyon 2 University, ENS-Lyon, Paris 13 University, the New York University in Paris and RADAC, Lyon, December 2013

‘A Badiouan Out-Of-Body Experience’ - Performance & Mystical Experience (TaPRA Theatre, Performance & Philosophy Symposium), Queen Mary, London University, May 2013

‘Body Traces and Rhythm Politics’ - What is Performance Philosophy? - Staging a new field Performance-Philosophy inaugural conference, University of Surrey, April 2013

'Looking for Koltès - Practice-based Translation, Rhythm and Politics' - (Collaborative keynote delivered with Roger Baines (UEA) and David ‘Stickman’ Higgins) Drama Translation in the Age of Globalisation: Paradoxes and Paradigms, University of Salford, March 2013

Performing Politics as Inexist[a]nce’ - TaPRA (Theatre, Performance & Philosophy) Conference, University of Kent, September 2012

'Subjective Pile Up (Badiouan questioning of Willi Dorner’s Bodies In Urban Spaces)’ - Actor, Performer, Citizen: Thinking new modes of being in Performance & Philosophy, PSi Performance and Philosophy Working Group, Theatre Academy, Helsinki, April 2011

‘Alain Badiou’s staging of the migrant worker as a political subject’ - Theatre and the Making of Subjects, German Society for Theatre Studies, Mainz, October 2010

‘Presence: a laicised grace? (A Badiouan take on presence)’ - Performing Presence: From The Live To The Simulated, University of Exeter, March 2009


Undertaking peer review for journals/publishers

Invited Reviewer for Coup de Théâtre, RADAC (Recherche sur les Arts Dramatiques Anglophones Contemporains)

Invited Reviewer for Theatre Research International

Theatre Reviewer for Total Theatre Magazine (2006-2013)