Perform: Body and Action—André Lepecki & Eleonora Fabião

Biographies

André Lepecki: Essayist, critic and playwright, André Lepecki is Assistant Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at the New York University since 2000, where he teaches dance theory, experimental dramatics, culture theory, and cultural critic at post-graduate courses. In the Autumn/2004, he was a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dances of Brown University. Author of Exhausting Dances (Routledge, 2005); coordinator of the Intensification, Contemporary Portuguese Performance (Theaterschrift Extra/Danças na Cidade 1998); Of The Presence of the Body (Wesleyan University Press, 2004); and The Senses in Performance (Routledge 2005) anthologies. He has published Texts in The Drama Review, Art Forum, Performance Research, Nouvelles de Danse, Revista Gesto, and in many other publications and catalogs including the catalog of the Nouveau Musée du Monaco (2005); LIVE CULTURE (Tate Modern); and The Third Body (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2004). In 2000, he co-directed with the designer Bruce Mau the video-installation STRESS, for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vienna (Austria). In 2003, he co-directed with Rachael Swain the video-instalation Proxy, for the Australian New Media Arts Council (Performance Space, Sydney). Curator of the Artists' LAB of the Festival IN TRANSIT Berlin, 2004.

Eleonora Fabião is a performer and performance theorist. During the 1990s she performed as a member of two experimental theater companies in Rio de Janeiro – Ko Produções (directed by Ivana Leblon) and Centro de Demolição e Construção do Espetáculo (directed by Aderbal Freire-Filho). In 1999 she conceived and performed the solo "Alice" – an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" – with the collaboration of musician Hermeto Pascoal and sculptor Waltércio Caldas. Since 2000 she has been researching and creating performance art pieces; she presented works in Brazil, USA, Mexico, Peru, France and Germany. She has a Master's Degree in Social History of Culture and is finishing her PhD Studies in Performance Studies at New York University, sponsored by Capes. Since 1997, she has been Assistant Professor of Acting and Performance Theory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In 2004 she became a Full Professor of the Theater Directing Course-UFRJ, where she teaches courses in Performance Studies.

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