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Performance Studies

Anchor 

Prof. Johnny Poon, Head of Department of Music

Co-anchor

Dr. Chow Yiu Fai, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing

Introduction

This research group explores the concept of “performance” broadly construed to include not just performing arts, but also performance as a practice of self-presentation. This sub-theme focuses on the study of performance of all kinds: the world-making power of performance in creative*, social and culture practices as well as in the performance of everyday 'life'. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of performance, this research group seeks to understand expressive behaviour or cultural enactment, as well as the role of performance in contemporary life.

*Creative practice: creative writing, translations, theatre, music composition and performance.