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Becca Savory

Becca Savory

I'm an interdisciplinary researcher drawing on my background in Social Anthropology and professional training and experience in Devised Theatre and Performance.  My research interests are in the field of interactive and participatory performance practices, and performance in/through social media.  My performance practice centres on site-based and interactive theatre, with a grounding in physical theatre through my Lecoq-based training at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).

My current PhD research is funded by UKEIRI as part of the Exeter's UK-India interdisciplinary programme 'Intangible Histories', in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bengaluru (Bangalore), India. 

My thesis examines the rise of flash mobs and the practice of flash-mobbing in three Indian cities - Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai - to ask how the performance genre has evolved within an urban Indian context, since its emergence in 2003.  It combines ethnographic and online archival research methods to construct this recent history, and argues for a greater understanding of the particular cultural politics of 'global' internet performance trends within specific socio-historical contexts.

The project is co-supervised by Professor Jerri Daboo in Drama (Exeter) and Professor Shivali Tukdeo in Social Sciences (NIAS).

Background

I hold a First Class BSocSci in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester (2001-04), and two years of postgraduate-level performer training from the London-based Lecoq school LISPA (2005-07).

Since 2007 I have worked as a performer and theatre workshop leader, specialising in interactive and site-based work; and in play, improvisation and physical approaches to performance-making within my teaching work.  Prior to moving to the South-West in 2010, I performed and toured internationally in the immersive theatre project Hotel Medea with Zecora Ura

In Exeter, I am a DAISI artist, delivering theatre workshops in schools, and regular performer & deviser with Burn The Curtain and Theatre Rush.  I was co-founder of the Exeter Performers Playground, a network established in 2011 to create skills-share, networking and professional development opportunities for local artists.  We host practitioners' workshops - most recently with interactive theatre company Coney, as part of Unexpected Exeter Festival.

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