Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Performing Writing/Writing for Performance

06 February 2020, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

performance writing

Join Fen’s artistic co-directors Maisie Newman and Rowan Evans for a combined physical workshop on choreography and Old English poetry, drawing on the development of their current project, WULF.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Francesca Brooks


Bloomsbury Studio Space
15 Gordon St, Bloomsbury
United Kingdom

This will be an opportunity for students to participate in a dance / theatre workshop led by director and choreographer Maisie Newman, also developing techniques for writing for performance with poet Rowan Evans. With an emphasis on ensemble, we will be exploring ritual movement, dance and poetic rhythm in response to Old English women’s texts and our own writing. No previous experience of physical theatre or dance is necessary, and all levels, abilities and gender identities are welcome.

This event is organised as part of the IAS Creative Fellowship Programme 'New Old English: Performance, Poetry, Practice', and is hosted in collaboration with SAVAGE and UCL Culture.

Maisie is a Bristol-based director, choreographer and visual artist. She was recently an associate artist for Gecko Theatre’s ‘The Wedding’. Her work has been presented and supported by companies and venues including Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Ferment, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Headlong Theatre, Hauser and Wirth Somerset, Arnolfini, Gecko Theatre, The Egg Theatre, Theatre Deli and Camden Peoples Theatre.

Rowan Evans is a poet, composer and sound artist whose recent books include The Last Verses of Beccán (Guillemot Press, 2019) and cante jondo mixtape (If a Leaf Falls Press, 2017). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2015 and a selection of his work appears in Penguin Modern Poets 7: These Hard and Shining Things (Penguin, 2018).

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