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ZU-UK – Training for interactive performance

ZU-UK – Training for interactive performance

McLaughlin, James ORCID: 0000-0002-2146-6884, Maravala, Persis Jade and Ramos, Jorge Lopes (2019) ZU-UK – Training for interactive performance. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 10 (2). pp. 245-249. ISSN 1944-3927 (Print), 1944-3919 (Online) (doi:

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ZU-UK are renowned for their distinctive personal, political and sometimes humorous approach to creating interactive performance. Known for their attention to detail, care and complete respect for audience members, the company are leaders in participatory theatre and performance art.

Previous productions include the widely acclaimed Hotel Medea (2009-2012) which was performed at LIFT Festival, the Hayward Gallery and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a Herald Angel Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011; Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention; and was Time Out Critic’s Choice – Pick of the Fringe 2011.

From June to December 2015, 7000 visitors experienced #RioFoneHack in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where three iconic Brazilian phone boxes rang as visitors walked past. Those who dared to pick up were treated to an interactive, intimate and humorous audio experience. Binaural Dinner Date (2017) enjoyed a sold out season and an extended run at Theatre Royal Stratford East, eventually transferring to Stratford Shopping Centre. More recently Binaural Dinner Date (2019) transferred to Rich Mix for an additional sold out season. For further information about the work of ZU-UK, please visit their website:

This is a ‘conversation’ held between Persis Jade Maravala and Jorge Lopes Ramos, Artistic Directors of ZU-UK, prompted by interview questions asked by James McLaughlin. They were each posed a separate set of questions. Jorge responded via email, while Jade sent in audio answers. The resulting materials were compiled by James into their current form – a virtual dialogue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: interactive performance, digital technology, performance, psychophysical training, grotowski, zu-uk
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Literature & Drama Research Group
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Last Modified: 02 Sep 2019 09:54
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3

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