Symposium: I know what you think but how do you feel?

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Arches present

Symposium: I know what you think but how do you feel?

Part of Into The New 2015

Mon 12 Jan 2015 | from 7pm | Festival Pass: £16 | Day Pass: £5 (call 0141 565 1000 to book) | 16+

This year our performance symposium seeks to explore the potential of the performer’s body as a site for the resolution of dualism through performance.

When we consider dualism, the dividing of one’s self into two, we usually mean the Cartesian split, which argues that the cognitive does not have extension in space, and that the material cannot think; the classic mind and body dualism.

This performance symposium seeks to consider this ontology and the many other forms of dualism we encounter as part of our lived human experience:

 head and heart
 intellect and emotion
 personal and professional
 active and reflective
 intuitive and logical

If the performer’s body is the site for unity of the self, then what might this performance look and feel like?

Would it be a performance that stimulates the mind and quickens the heart, a performance with enquiry and integrity, a performance where mind and body dissolve into new meaning, in front of an audience of similar bodies, resonating in their human-ness.

Come to I know what you think but how do you feel? our Into The New 2015 Performance Symposium on Monday 12th January, to share in a unique performative exploration of these ideas by international and local artists and academics.


About Into The New 2015 | a festival of new work from final year students of the BA Contemporary Performance Practice course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As we open the Pandora’s box of Into The New this year, we can be sure that the work of this group of graduating students will raise some ‘impertinent questions’. Their performances seek to offer intellect and challenge, hope and humour, bravery and commitment.

Your role, as audience is to ‘domesticate’ their ideas, to deal with them and perhaps to explain them, to yourselves, and to each other. With that we wish you luck, as the class of 2015 may refuse to be tamed!

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