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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Premiere: 21 April – 31 July 2016
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

Instigated by visual artist Janine Antoni in collaboration with preeminent choreographer, theatre and community artist Anna Halprin and pioneer choreographer Stephen Petronio, Ally is a series of works combining sculpture, installation, film and performance. These works are being created through the Artist-in-Residence Program of The Fabric Workshop and Museum where they will be premiered.

In Ally Antoni pursues her interest in bodily presence, touch and movement. Through a series of unique collaborations with Halprin and Petronio, the trio investigate the translation of ideas across forms and the vast potential that lies in their relations. The encounter between these artists from distinct practices and generations becomes a means of unearthing unknown affinities and historical entwinements. In alliance the artists forge a new visual language of tactile material held within processes of transformation.

Major support for Ally has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional funding from Creative Capital, National Endowment for the Arts, LLWW Foundation, Shipley Miller Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Adrian Heathfield was engaged as a collaborator and independent curator with the project. Ally is accompanied by a bookwork edited by Heathfield and designed by David Caines.


Ally Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin, Stephen Petronio, Rope Dance, 2015. Photo: courtesy and © the artists.
Ally Janine Antoni in collaboration with Anna Halprin, Paper Dance, 2013. Photo: Pak Han at the Halprin Dance Deck, © the artists.
Ally Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin, Stephen Petronio, Rope Dance, 2015. Photo: Hugo Glendinning, © the artists.