Adrian Heathfield writes on, curates and creates performance. His books include Out of Now, a monograph on the Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh and the edited collections Perform, Repeat, Record, Live: Art and Performance, Small Acts and Shattered Anatomies. His numerous essays have been translated into eight languages.

He was co-director of Performance Matters, a four-year AHRC funded research project on the cultural value of performance (2009–2013). From 2014-2016 he conducted the three year European Union funded creative research project Curating the Ephemeral on immaterial art and museal practices.

He co-curated the Live Culture events at Tate Modern, London (2003) and a number of other performance and durational events in European cities over the last sixteen years. He was a curatorial adviser and attaché for the 20th Biennale of Sydney and was an artistic director with the collective freethought of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, Norway. He was curator of Taiwan’s exhibition at the Biennale Arte 2017, Venice.

Heathfield has worked with many artists and thinkers on critical and creative collaborations including film dialogues, performance-lectures, dramaturgy, writing and workshop projects. He was President of Performance Studies international (2004–2007) and is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton, London.


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  • Panel discussion and screening at HAU, Berlin, 3 March 2018

    Open Dialogues
    , OUT OF NOW / DANCE ON Festival

    Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin
    5pm, 3 March 2018

    Open Dialogue #3: Other Inheritances
    Adrian Heathfield, Ramsay Burt and Meg Stuart

    What is dancers’ and dance artists’ experience of rethinking their practice as they grow older and have more experience but a different sort of energy and flexibility? In what ways can choreography challenge socially constructed ideas about ageing? Other inheritances is a conversation about what dance can be, beyond mere physical virtuosity. The writer and performance scholar Adrian Heathfield, dance historian Ramsay Burt and choreographer Meg Stuart share their different artistic and cultural perspectives on the theme of dance and age.

    Followed by a screening of Spirit Labour