A digital conference and platform that explores the role that embodied performances play in the construction of memory and reconciliation and the development of digital archives in sites of conflict.



Oct 12 - 5pm UK / 11am COL

Dance, Violence and Memory

A keynote conversation on dance and other embodied practices as a means to study violence, memory, and their intersections, particularly in sites of conflict. Further, this keynote will address how both researchers have utilised digital archives or tools. (English)


Dr. Melissa Blanco Borelli (Royal Holloway, University of London) Reader in Dance Theory and Performance
Victoria Fortuna (Reed College) Dance studies scholar and contemporary dance practitioner

Oct 16 - 5pm UK / 11am COL

Embodied Methodologies to Care for Carers in Scenarios of Social Conflict and Peacebuilding

(English & Spanish) An engaging conversation about the theory and practice of “care for carers” and how to integrate the practice in the engagement with vulnerable populations, including groups of support like therapists, researchers, witnesses, among others. (English & Spanish)


Maria Estrada Fuentes (Royal Holloway, University of London) Lecturer in Drama and Theatre
Maria Andrea García Independent Dance Movement Therapist

Digital Encounters and Archives to Disseminate Art Practices in Bojayá, Buenaventura, Guapi and Unguía, Colombia

The closing event will bring together researchers and arts practitioners from Choco and Pacifico Medio in Colombia to present their work through digital performances and encounters recorded as part of the Embodied Performances project. (Spanish)


Oct 23 - 5pm UK / 11am COL

Performance, Memory and Conflict Worldwide

A curated conversation about practice-based research, taking up performance as a means of processing memories of conflict for both artists and researchers. Talks will address conflicts across the globe, including in Chile, Gaza Palestine, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. (English) Pre-Recorded Interventions In order to fully participate in the live event, please watch all of the pre-recorded interventions […]


Nela Milic (London College of Communication) Artist and senior lecturer
Maria Tivnan (NUI Galway) Artistic director and PhD researcher
Maja Milatovic-Ovadia (Royal School of Speech and Drama, University of London) Theatre director and PhD researcher
Charly Monreal (UK-Chile) Physical performer and theatre maker
R.M. Sánchez-Camus Creative practitioner and co-founder of Social Art Network

Oct 26 - 5pm UK / 11am COL

Documenting Memory and Conflict in Latin America

A curated conversation about practice-based research mapping memories of Latin American communities from Nicaragua, Argentina to ‘Pueblito Paisa’ in Seven Sisters, London. The talk explores different media to record unheard voices like dance improvisation, community archives and political mobilisation. Pre-recorded interventions will be available on the website before the live talk; and a preview of […]


Paula Guzzanti (University of Malta) Dance lecturer
Martin Zicari (KU Leuven) PhD researcher
Alda Terracino (University College London) Artist and Honorary Research Associate
Muki Haklay (University College London) Professor Geographical Information Science

Oct 19 - 5pm UK / 11am COL

Digital Methodologies for Analysing and Disseminating Research Alongside Communities: Ethics, Politics and Perspectives

Sarah, Maria and Manuela will explore the use of digital methods and tools to conduct and disseminate research alongside artists and communities. They will share their experience of community research with older people, digital poetry and victims of conflict to discuss how the digital is transforming research and artistic/community work, its challenges and potential. (English)


Sarah Quinton (Oxford Brookes University) Reader in Digital Society
Maria Mencia (Kingston University) Media artist/e-poet
Manuela Ochoa ( Concordia University) Artist and curator


Performance Embodiment and Digital Archive is curated and organized by the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at the Royal Holloway, University of London, in collaboration with Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia) and the support of the University of Maryland Graduate School. The conference is part of a two-year research project ‘Embodied Performance Practices in Processes of Reconciliation, Construction of Memory and Peace in Chocó and El Pacífico Medio, Colombia’ funded by the UK-AHRC and Colciencias, Colombia.

Dr. Melissa Blanco Borelli

Associate Professor of Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies and Associate Director of the International Program for Creative Collaboration and Research (IPCCR), School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. She is the author of She Is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body which won the Society of Dance History Scholars’ 2016 de la Torre Bueno Prize for best book in Dance Studies. She has been faculty at MIT, University of Surrey, UK and Royal Holloway, University of London. A recipient of a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council grant, she was the Principal Investigator (2018-2020) on a project that co-created ‘Corpografias’, a digital performance archive with Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities affected by the armed conflict. She is the current President of the Dance Studies Association.

Dr. Bryce Lease

Reader in Theatre and Performance Studies. Head of Department for the Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance at the Royal Holloway, University of London and Co-Investigator in the ‘Embodied Performance Practices in Processes of Reconciliation, Construction of Memory and Peace in Chocó and El Pacífico Medio, Colombia’. His writings on contemporary international performance have been published in numerous journals, including The Drama Review (TDR), Contemporary Theatre Review (CTR), Theatre Research International (TRI), Theatre Journal, European Stages and New Theatre Quarterly (NTQ). Bryce is Co-Editor of Contemporary Theatre Review, a founding member of the Executive Committee for EASTAP (European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance), an advisory board member for European Stages, and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College.

Dr. Olga Lucia Sorzano

Researcher at ‘Embodied Performances, Memory and Reconciliation in Colombia’ (AHRC-Colciencias) and ‘Circus as Intercultural Encounter’ (Erasmus+). With a background in Economics, her work lies at the crossroads of cultural, performance and decolonial studies. Her doctoral research analyses circus in Britain and Colombia to inquire for global interconnections in the stratification of artistic practices, peoples and systems of knowledge. Together with Dr. Blanco Borelli, she conceptualised and coordinated the production of Corpografias and programmed the international conferences ‘Embodied Performance Practices, Memory, Conflict and Reconciliation’ (Nov 2019) and ‘Performance Embodiment and Digital Archive’ (Oct 2021), as part of the Embodied Performances Project.

Jonelle Walker

Doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation research focuses on performances of white femininity in theatre, popular culture, and social media from the mid-19th century to the present. In addition to her studies, Jonelle is a playwright, dramaturg, director, and pop intellectual content creator. She is a Company Member with Rorschach Theatre and Co-Host of the RomCom Killjoys podcast. With the support of the University of Maryland Graduate School Faculty-Student Research Award, Jonelle helped to organise the technical and communications strategy of the Performance Embodiment and Digital Archive conference.