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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Glimmers in Limbo

Attending to the figure of the child in Boris Charmatz’s ecstatic theatre work enfant, Glimmers in Limbo traces the reveries of this ‘involuntary choreography’, its openings to the inhuman and to unknown futures. Janevski’s book on the choreographer, dancer and founding director of the Musée de la Danse, also includes essays from Bojana Cvejić, Tim Etchells, Noémie Solomon, Catherine Wood, Gilles Amalvi, Peter Tolmie and Gabriella Giannachi.

Boris Charmatz, ed. Ana Janevski, MoMA, 2017. ISBN 9781633450066.

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Glimmers in Limbo Boris Charmatz, enfant, 2011. Photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage, © the artist.