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Re-playing It Again Symposium

Re-Playing Dance

Fri 17 May 2024

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Re-playing It Again Symposium

This panel is dedicated to the premiere of Jellyselfish, a new performance from the Marseille-based company Dodescaden. In the performance, the Dodescaden re-work their previous re-rendering of Jean Rouch’s 1955 film Les Maîtres Fous.

Running Order

17.00 – 18.00 | Theatre | Dodescaden | Jellyselfish

Re-playing It Again Symposium

What does it mean to re-play something - an event, a film, a history, a politics, a building, a body, a set of gestures, an earth, a life, a landscape? Why the hyphen in the word ‘re-play’? How does re-playing co-exist with established strategies of re-enactment? Where does the difference lie? And why are artists so drawn to re-playing as both method of working and catalyst for production?

These are some of the questions that this symposium looks to investigate at a time when there is so much clamour from progressive thinkers and activists to abandon the past and imagine the future, to leap beyond the nightmare of the long twentieth century - the one that seems so impossible to exit, that weights on the minds of the living like a tumour. But what if the future was already in the past, lurking radioactively in roads not taken, in failed appointments and missed opportunities? Perhaps artists, of all people, are the ones most keenly attuned to this disjunction, aware, as they often are, that there is nothing new under the sun, that everything is a recycling of something else.

If this is the case, then it seems crucial to explore how contemporary artists engage with the idea of re-playing, talking with them about their practices, experimenting with their diverse findings. The artists and thinkers in the symposium have little truck with modernist and colonialist notions of ‘originality’ – a kind of scorched earth policy, a spurious, imperialist venture into terra nullius. Instead, they look to re-play the past, stopping and stilling it, so that new possibilities can emerge from the ‘shock of the old’. In this ethics of ruin, this politics of abandonment, it may become possible to reconfigure how we ‘do’ the present so as to contest the progress myths of modernity and imperialism. This would be a perverse and playful mode of contestation that moves forward by going backwards. In this ‘tactics of the re-play’, one uncovers the power to resist all those reactionary notions of heritage and history that look to attribute everything to its proper time and place. And through that - who knows? - it may even be possible to breathe new life into that most seemingly defunct of all concepts: the idea of revolution, conceived now as a geometric figure that, like a compass, creates the new by rotating back on itself, coming full circle.

Artists and thinkers who will be responding to these questions and showing work include Gerard Byrne, Delafontaine Niel, La Compagnie Dodescaden, Sarah Browne, Conor Carville, Minty Donald and Nick Millar, Graham Eatough, Ashanti Harris, Luke Fowler, Lee Hassall, Emmanuel Grimaud, Kevin Leomo, Sarah Neeley, Vincent Rioux, Farah Saleh, Simon Starling, Gabriele Rendina Cattani, Kathryn Elkins, Morgan Quaintance, and Mischa Twitchin.

The Re-playing It Again symposium is the culmination of a 4 year research project led by Baptiste Buob, Christophe Triau, Carl Lavery and Nathalie Cau and is part of a larger LABEX research programme, Les Passés dans le présent. We would like to thank Ghislaine Glasson-Deschaumes and Emmanuel Grimaud, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (CCA), the Goethe-Institut, Glasgow, and Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow for all their support.

The symposium has been organised by Carl Lavery, Dominic Paterson and Melanie Lavery.

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Event Type


Talks & Events




5:00pm — 6:00pm


All ages, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult


Tickets: Day Passes: £5/£10


Wheelchair accessible

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