performingbordersLIVE20 | Digital Programme 2020


The arts industry faces unprecedented challenges that impact artists’ lives, working methods, income, and communities as a result of the current health crisis we face. As we start to access the issues laying ahead, one thing is for sure: all of performingborders’ work and efforts are to support and nurture our communities, our colleagues and friends, our families and audiences. For that reason, today we are only announcing our programme for digital-led work that can be produced *and* shared safely under the current UK circumstances. We will continue to work with our partners and follow experts’ advice on how to proceed with public and physical works. Those outcomes will be announced at a later stage. We are also doing our best to ensure that performingbordersLIVE can support more cultural workers this year beyond what we had thought, to make sure we keep platforming and supporting more practitioners with migrant backgrounds.

With love and hope,

Xavier de Sousa & Alessandra Cianetti

performingborders and Foreign Actions Productions present


March – November 2020

performingbordersLIVE is back in 2020 to present a public programme of open calls, events, open conversations, artist digital commissions, workshops, and residencies, focusing on the exploration of experimental and exciting artistic practices happening within the UK Live Art sector around notions and lived experiences of physical, cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, and everyday borders.

Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa, performingbordersLIVE started in 2019 and draws from the curatorial research platform performingborders. conversations on live art | borders | crossings that since 2016 has been gathering original interviews, writings and experimental responses from live artists, academics, activists and art professionals on physical and conceptual borders within an increasingly shared feeling of uncertainty.

This year performingbordersLIVE expands its discussions and actions with more online and live opportunities and gatherings in London, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton, and Copenhagen to keep widening the conversation around borders and create a broader inclusive discussion that will also be freely accessible online.


Commissions, open calls, residencies, workshops

Performance to Camera Commissions:

  • Tania El Khoury in partnership with Live Art Development Agency and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (Brighton)
  • Jade Montserrat in partnership with Counterpoints Arts and East Street Arts (Leeds)

9-12 September | International Performance Art Festival (IPAF) Copenhagen, Denmark in partnership with Warehouse9. performingbordersLIVE20 is excited to bring its programme of commissions and conversations to IPAF 2020, which will include artists and participants from the local arts sector as well as works from our wider programme.

Open Calls:

March – June | Open Call for 2 digital conversations on Live Art and borders in partnership with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA). For 2020, performingbordersLIVE and LADA are interested in receiving proposals addressing Live Art practices that sensitively explore the intertwined, complex and challenging relations between the environmental crisis, migration, collective care and performative processes. Deadline: 14th April 2020, Submit your proposal here

March – July | Open Call for a residency on Curating Borders in partnership with Never Done and hosted by Green Room Hotel. performingbordersLIVE20 and Never Done are collaborating to support a non-London, England-based womxn or non-binary curator/artist with a curatorial practice from an ethnic minority and/or migrant background to participate in a week’s residency in London during July 2020. Deadline: 20th April 2020, Submit your proposal here


March – May | Online digital Residency: writer Anike Bello in partnership with Ọ̀RỌ̀ ÀNÍKÉ. Anike will undertake a 2-month digital residency delving into performingborders online resources and will respond with a writing piece published on 14th May 2020.

Summer | Critical Interruptions artist community residency at The Albany and Deptford Lounge. This uniquely curated residency will see artists and thinkers Diana Damian Martin and Bojana Jankovic (Critical Interruptions) take on the archives of the Albany / Deptford Lounge as a starting point for collaboration with local participants, to imagine documents of the future through processes such as speculative fiction, re-enactment and rewriting. Outcomes to be shared live and online in Autumn.


Autumn | Returning to Home Workshops with Annie Jael Kwan: A series of embodied workshops that refocus our attention to restore, re-set and recognise.

Autumn | Workshops and public event with Kai Syng Tang, in collaboration with Contact Manchester

More details coming soon!…

Public events will be resumed and dates shared when it will be safe for everyone to attend. To follow our programme and be the first to know about our Autumn programme too, sign up to performingborders monthly newsletter here

Everyone is welcome! performingbordersLIVE welcomes people whose artistic practice, research and life have been shaped by experiences of migration and/or borders.

performingbordersLIVE20 is presented in collaboration with

Counterpoints Arts (London), Live Art Development Agency (London), Contact (Manchester), East Street Art (Leeds), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (Brighton), The Albany/Deptford Lounge (London), King’s College London, Something Human/Asia-Art-Activism (London), Never Done (London), Ọ̀RỌ̀ ÀNÍKÉ (London), East London Cable (London), Green Rooms Hotel (London),  HowlRound Theatre Commons (Boston, US), Warehouse9/International Performance Art Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark). Supported by the Arts Council England.



Adelaide Bannerman is a curator working for Tiwani Contemporary and International Curators Forum, London. She has helped to deliver numerous exhibitions, projects and events since the late 90’s. Her independent research interests valorise performative gestures and engagements with live and visual performance art. The residency programme, Never Done initiated in 2018, enables curators and artists to conduct research visits and residencies.

Anike Bello is a London raised Yoruba woman with a keen interest in education, heritage, mobility and people. She is a creative educator that curates spaces online and offline to teach about ancestry and culture linked to pre-colonial African societies through writing, interviews, videos and workshops. Anike is also author of the book, Connecting to Self Through Ancestry, a collection of essays exploring engagements between heritage and wellbeing.

Critical Interruptions is a Serbo-Romanian critical cooperative exploring Live Art and performance criticism. With little regard for review, we search for critical forms and strategies in dialogue with Live Art and performance, wonder how to develop rigorous and relevant critical writing, and lure new writers into thinking about radical and experimental work. Critical Interruptions is a project by Bojana Janković and Diana Damian Martin.

Diana Damian Martin is a writer, researcher and educator. Her work sits at the intersection between performance, writing, political theory and migration. In her work, she explores alternative critical practices, feminist modes of exchange, and ecological and representational poetics of migration, with a focus on Eastern Europe. Diana is editor of (states of) wake: Dedicating Performance (2018) and On Time: A SPILL Reader (2018), and co-hosts Something Other, a platform for experiments at the border between writing and performance, and The Department of Feminist Conversations, an open collective exploring feminist modes of gathering and exchange.

Tania El Khoury is a live artist creating installations and performances focused on audience interactivity and its politics. Her work has been translated and presented in multiple languages across six continents. Tania holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is co-founder of Dictaphone Group, a Lebanon-based research and performance collective aiming at questioning our relationship to the city, and redefining its public space. Tania is a 2019 Soros Art Fellow and the recipient of the Bessies Outstanding Production Award, the International Live Art Prize, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award.

Bojana Janković is an Eastern European artist making work about immigration: national and displaced identities, migrant labour, cultural, economic and social practices, and structural discrimination of immigrants. Her performances, installations, texts, and non-denominational works have appeared in physical and digital spaces in the UK, Serbia, and internationally, including at Tate Modern (London), Center for Art on Migration Politics (Copenhagen), ODD (Bucharest), and in collaboration with Performing Arts Hub (Norway) and Home Live Art (Hastings). Bojana’s practice is rooted in engagement with marginalised audiences and disruptive of canonical aesthetics and modes of participation. 

With a background in theatre arts, Annie Jael Kwan is a curator, researcher and facilitator working at the intersection of contemporary art and activism, with a focus on South/East Asian and diaspora practices in the UK and internationally. Her work explores migration and boundaries, movement and performance, archives, alternate histories, radical curating in collectivity and organising, and how to attend to embodied subjectivities (especially her own) in an age of global crises and eco-anxiety.

Jade Montserrat is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan,  (Race and Representation in Northern Britain in the context of the Black Atlantic: A Creative Practice Project) and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. She was also awarded one of two Jerwood Student Drawing Prizes in 2017 for No Need for Clothing, a documentary photograph of a drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark. Jade’s Rainbow Tribe project – a combination of historical and contemporary manifestations of Black Culture from the perspective of the Black Diaspora is central to the ways she is producing a body of work, including No Need For Clothing and its iterations, as well as her performance work Revue. Jade was commissioned to present Revue as a 24 hour live performance at SPILL Festival of Performance, October 2018, a solo exhibition at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, (Nov – 10 Mar 2019) which toured to Humber Street Gallery ( July-sept 2019) and was commissioned by Art on the Underground to create the 2018 Winter Night Tube cover.

Queer Art Projects is a London based independent production company, specialising in organising art events like exhibitions, performances, screenings, conferences, workshops, talks and parties. Queer Art Projects was founded by Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul, who have been partners for more than a decade. Some of the recent projects they have produced are: House of Wisdom Nottingham, an Arts Council England founded month long exhibition that brought 44 artworks from 40 artists to 4 different locations in Nottingham in 2018; Staying Out an archive exhibition for the LGBT history month at the University of Kent in 2019 and the Arts Council England founded 5 day queer festival Turkish Delight consisting of screenings, workshops and an art party with live performances and an exhibition, happening in five different venues around East London in March 2020.

Dr Kai Syng Tan FRSA SFHEA is an artist, curator, consultant and academic. Marked by an ‘eclectic style and cheeky attitude’ (Sydney Morning Herald), ‘radical interdisciplinarity’ (Dr Alan Latham, UCL) and ‘positive atmosphere’ (Guardian), Kai’s work has been widely shared. She is Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art and Visiting Artist at King’s College London. Networks she has founded include: RUN! RUN! RUN!, Neurodiversity In/And Creative Research, Running Cultures Research Group and Co-Founder and Member of Arts and Mobilities Network. She is also UK Adult ADHD Network Creative and Cultural Consultant, PsychART Advisor and Music In Detention trustee

More to be announced…



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