Conversation with Maxine Doyle - Choreographer for punchdrunk

Wednesday 13 February 2008

Maxine Doyle, the choreographer for Punchdrunk Theatricals, will be discussing the complexities of staging large-scale site works at the University of Surrey on Thursday, February 21 at 7.30 p.m. The event forms part of the University of Surrey’s Conversations Season.

Maxine Doyle is a graduate of Roehampton University and also trained at the prestigious Laban Centre, gaining an MA. She has produced works for a number of companies, including the integrated company of StopGap, for whom she created Rough and Tumble in 2003. Her most recent work has been with Punchdrunk for whom she has choreographed and co-directed a number of pieces since 2003.

Punchdrunk creates a theatrical environment where the audience are masked and are free to wander around the site, enabling audience members to create their own unique experience of the piece. They fuse live performance, music and large-scale installation art, working across the South-West of England and now in London. Punchdrunk rejects the idea of the passive obedience of the audience in conventional theatrical settings, thus putting as much emphasis on the space and audience as on the performers.

Free refreshments are available from 7 p.m. in the AC Building, Lecture Theatre 1. This event is free of charge for all. Images available on request.

For any further information please feel free to contact Helen Galibardy, E-mail: HG00006@surrey.ac.uk  or 07860 276491.

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