Yaron Shyldkrot


PhD researcher
BA (hons), MA, FHEA

Academic and research departments

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Biography

My practice research PhD seeks to investigate relationships between darkness and uncertainty in performance. Theatre in the dark provides a fertile ground to explore and consider uncertainty and its implications. The challenged sense of sight in darkness could create a disorienting physical and spatial state, where uncertainty may be experienced in many forms: confusion, doubt, disorientation, defamiliarization or ambiguity. I am interested in how being in the dark, metaphorically and literally, offers complex and varied experiences where different forms and modes of knowing and perceiving take place.

Through my research I have been exploring compositions that aim to create performative moments of indeterminate and ambiguous perception. As part of my research I have been making performances in the dark, each focusing on a different significant component of dark performances: the presence of other audience members, compositions of light and obstructed vision and the prominent usage of sound. Each of these performances investigates how uncertainty opens the possibility to reevaluate not only what is known or perceived but also how one makes sense to begin with.

Research Interests

  • Theatre in the dark
  • Practice as Research 
  • Atmosphere and sensory experiences
  • Uncertainty, failure and disorientation in performance
  • Light and sound design
  • Dramaturgy

 

Publications

Shyldkrot, Y. (August 2018) 'Mist opportunities: haze and the composition of atmosphere', Studies in Theatre and Performance, DOI: 10.1080/14682761.2018.1505808

Shyldkrot, Y. (March 2018) The Aesthetics of Atmospheres by Gernot Böhme [Book review], Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(1), 135-137.

Shyldkrot, Y. (December 2016). Theatre and Aural Attention: Stretching Ourselves, by George Home-Cook [Book review], Theatre and Performance Design, 2(3-4), 344-345.

 

Teaching

Design Dialogues, BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance. (Semester 2, 2018)

Research Methodologies, BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance. (Semester 2, 2018)

 

Research

Research interests

Research projects

Indicators of esteem

  • 2018: Doctoral College Funding as part of the Building Research Communities funding scheme.
  • 2016: Glynne Wickham Studentship in support of presenting at Out of Time

  • 2016: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Studentship (University of Surrey)

  • 2016-2018 TaPRA Executive Committee

  • JAWS editorial board

My teaching

Courses I teach on

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

Postgraduate taught

My publications

Highlights

Shyldkrot, Y. (August 2018) 'Mist opportunities: haze and the composition of atmosphere', Studies in Theatre and Performance, DOI: 10.1080/14682761.2018.1505808

Shyldkrot, Y. (March 2018) The Aesthetics of Atmospheres by Gernot Böhme [Book review], Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(1), 135-137.

Shyldkrot, Y. (December 2016). Theatre and Aural Attention: Stretching Ourselves, by George Home-Cook [Book review], Theatre and Performance Design, 2(3-4), 344-345.

Conference Presentations

Shyldkrot Y. Certain Ways. PaR Presentation. Collisions Festival. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, London. September 2018.

Shyldkrot Y. 'Robots Singing karaoke: Non-human Performers and Sonic Possible Worlds', TaPRA. Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth. September 2018.  

Shyldkrot Y. 'When Robots Breathe: Dislocation and Non-human Performers', IFTR. University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia. July 2018.  

Shyldkrot Y. Keep in The Dark: Overcast and Certain Ways. PaR presentations. University of Surrey, Guildford. July 2018.

Shyldkrot Y. 'How do we Practice the end of the World?', Intersections conference. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, London. January 2018.  

Shyldkrot Y. Solastalgia. PaR presentation. Atmosphere: The Third Annual Practice Research Symposium, University of Surrey, Guildford. January 2018.   

Shyldkrot Y. 'Shaping Atmosphere(s)', practical workshop, Staging Atmosphere. Queen Mary, University of London, London. December 2017.  

Shyldkrot Y. 'Orientation and Disorientation: Sound, Darkness and the Composition of Space'. Sounding out the Space. DIT, Dublin, Ireland. November 2017.  

Shyldkrot Y. ‘Sensing (in) Darkness: Lighting Design and the Composition of Atmosphere’. TaPRA. University of Salford, Salford. August 2017.

Shyldkrot Y. Overcast. PaR presentation. Doctoral College Conference, University of Surrey, Guildford. July 2017.

Shyldkot Y. ‘Knowing the Unknown: The Paradox of Researching Uncertainty’. Unfinished, Uncertain, Unknown: Processes of Practice-led Research. WRoCAH PaR Network, Leeds. July 2017.

Shyldkrot, Y. 'Set the Tone: On the Composition of Atmospheres'. London Theatre Seminar, Postgraduate Panel, London. May 2017.

Shyldkrot, Y. 'Making Atmosphere(s) in Real Time: Sound, Light and Comfort in the Dark'. Research in Real-Time: Practice in Progress Conference. NUI Galway, Ireland. May 2017. 

Shyldkrot, Y. ‘Performing Houselights: The Design and Atmosphere of Going Dark’. Performing Light Symposium. University of Leeds, Leeds. January 2017.

Shyldkrot Y. Campfire, A Shared Experience in the Dark. Performative demonstration. Beyond Application? Immanent Encounters Between Philosophy and Arts. Centre for Performance Philosophy, University of Surrey, Guildford. January 2017.

Shyldkrot Y. Campfire, PaR presentation. Labanarium Launch Event. GSA, University of Surrey, Guildford. January 2017.

Shyldkrot Y. 'Beyond a Black Square: Documenting Darkness'. The Future of the Document: Documenting Performance. City, University of London, London. October 2016.

Shyldkrot Y. Campfire, PaR presentation. ‘How to do things with…’: The second annual Practice Research symposium. University of Surrey, Guildford. July 2016.

Shyldkrot Y. ‘Disrupted Time: Uncertainty and Slowness in the Dark’. Out of Time: Temporal Slippage in Performance and the Visual Arts. University of Manchester, Manchester. June 2016.

Shyldkrot Y. ‘Looking on Darkness: Theatre in the Dark on the Threshold of Documentation’. Thresholds and Permeability in Performance. TaPRA PG Symposium. University of Sheffield, Sheffield. February 2016. [Abstract published in Scottish Journal of Performance 3.1. June 2016.]

Shyldkrot Y. (in collaboration with the Sonic Explorers) ‘Pitch. Black: Perception through Noise in the Darkness’. Performing Research. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, London, May 2014.

Shyldkrot Y. ‘Such Tweet Sorrow: Romeo and Juliet in 140 characters’. Footnotes: Intertextual Readings Symposium. Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, June 2013.

Conference Organisation

Organiser of TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium ‘Materials and Materiality: How do they Matter?’ at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, February 2018.

Organiser of TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium ‘Spaces For / Places In’ at University of Leeds, February 2017.

Convenor of How to do things with…’: The second annual Practice Research symposium at the University of Surrey, 2016.

Organising committee member of Footnotes: Intertextual Readings Symposium at Tel Aviv University, 2013.

Publications

Shyldkrot, Y. (August 2018) 'Mist opportunities: haze and the composition of atmosphere', Studies in Theatre and Performance, DOI: 10.1080/14682761.2018.1505808

Shyldkrot, Y. (March 2018) The Aesthetics of Atmospheres by Gernot Böhme [Book review], Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(1), 135-137.

Shyldkrot, Y. (December 2016). Theatre and Aural Attention: Stretching Ourselves, by George Home-Cook [Book review], Theatre and Performance Design, 2(3-4), 344-345.