Creative Arts


Robert Brocklehurst

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University Teacher in Technical Theatre/Fine Art

Specialism: Mayanist

Robert studied cultural memory at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and now specializes in death studies exploring the relationships between death, memory and memoralization in performance.

As a previous contributor to Routledge’s Journal of Performance Research (On Objects: Issue 12.4), current research includes guest editing the ‘death issue’ 15.1 titled Memento Mori. He has exhibited work at the Prague Quadrennial (2011) focussing on Punchdrunk’s production of The Masque of the Red Death looking at the effect of architecture/space upon the performer within Battersea Arts Centre, London. His forthcoming co-edited publication Final Stages: Death, Performance & Culture (Intellect Books) is due out in 2014.

From field studies in Mexico he also has a book available on-line, Excessive Narratives: Georges Bataille, Self-Sacrifice & the Communal Language of the Yucatec Maya (ISBN 0-9551829-4-8) looking at the strange relation between self-immolation and language communication in Mexico.

Robert’s contributions to theatre production include the staging of two film adaptations: Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring (2010) based on the medieval text ‘The Daughter of Tore in Vange’, and a version of Peter Greenaway’s 1989 film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (2013).

As Lecturer in Technical Theatre and with a background in practical filmmaking, Robert teaches a variety of technical skills ranging from media performance work, object work in Epic theatre as well as specialist modules such Brecht & social realist film and political satire in Mexican street theatre.