“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” ― Oscar Wilde
For the ninth week of TORCH Goes Digital, we focused on the theme of “Performance”. Together with leading researchers from the University of Oxford and beyond, the TORCH team curated a wonderful programme of blog posts, podcasts, news articles, poems, performances and more centred around all things performance.
Popular content included Medea: Modern Interpretations of Greek Chorus, Public Figures: The Invention of Celebrity in the Eighteenth-Century and Life and Death at Offbeat Festival. We also were proud to showcase Tom Stoppard discussing Text and Performance, and Call Me By Your Name, or the art of de-queering narratives for straight audiences, a fascinating blog post by Aaron Gabriel Hughes, as well as the Gender and Authority seminar series.
On the evening of Thursday 21st May 2020, from 5.00pm-6.00pm, we had our _ Big Tent, Live Events! live-streamed discussion with multi-award winning artist, Jamelia. Together, we explored themes related to music, performance, and what it means to be an artist on lockdown. The event was an enormous success, and we all enjoyed the variety of insights and experiences discussed.