Mountainsides Talks



What shared languages are there between climbing and performing and what gets in the way of a good conversation? How are terms such as, risk, composition, line, narrative, movement and training understood in the two domains? How far is it true to say that climbing is a form of performance and can learn from the languages of theatre and performance studies? And what are the key ideas in hiking and climbing that resonate with the live art of performance?

As part of the AHRC funded fellowship: Performing Landscapes: Mountains, we are delighted to announce a series of public conversations between prominent mountaineers, climbers and hikers and academics of theatre, performance and cultural studies. Each event will be introduced by a concise ‘micro-lecture’ on the theme, followed by contributions from each speaker. The majority of the time will be given over to animated conversation, robust debate and productive interjections from the floor.

Events are free but booking for any of the events is essential:


1st March 2017                      RISK:          Victoria Robinson and Stephen Venables         ARCHIVE 

24th April 2017                     TRAINING:   Maria Kapsali and Mick Ward                            ARCHIVE 

6th June 2017                        LIGHT:        Angus Farquhar and Alan Rowan                      ARCHIVE

27thSeptember 2017           COMPOSITION:   Kate Lawrence and Nathan Walker          ARCHIVE

The first mountainsides symposium was held in April 2016 and you can access a full record of the talks here.