Many thanks to the University of Kent and the Beacon Institute for inviting Alex Mermikides and Dr Gianna Bouchard to speak about Biomedical Performance and Science, along with Dr Simon Parry (University of Manchester). Gianna and Alex reflected on contemporary performance that engages with the medical in different ways and welcomed some interesting – and challenging – questions on affect, aesthetics, ethics – and Hollywood film.
We present Bloodlines at the Rose Theatre in Kingston as part of the Practice Research Unit based at Kingston University (what we’ve been researching through our practice are collaborative and composition strategies that might be employed the creation of science-engaged interdisciplinary performance). The performance seems to go down well. In the post-show discussion composer Milton Mermikides and director Alex Mermikides take questions on the autobiographical basis of the project, Dr Bex Law talks about how the project draws on her medical training and experience and the choreographers-dancers (Caroline Lofthouse, Adam Kirkham and Viv Rocha) describe different approaches to the biomedical data. Film of the post-show available on request (A.Mermikides@kingston.ac.uk)