Yoga as/in Performance: A Research Lab hosted by the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research at the University of Huddersfield

With Dr Deborah Middleton (Huddersfield), Dr Maria Kapsali (Leeds) and Dr Bernadette Cronin (Cork)

Saturday 22nd October 2016, 0915 — 1715

 There are a few places still available for this one-day event in which Bernadette Cronin, Maria Kapsali, and Deborah Middleton will each share their research into Yoga and its relationship with performance. The day will involve short positions statements, a workshop led by each practitioner, and time for sharing and discussion (and resting).

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Dr Bernadette Cronin (DTS, University College Cork, Ireland) teaches theatre practice, and theories and practices of adaptation. She completed her yoga instructor training in traditional Ashtanga yoga in Goa, India in 2015. She is also an accredited Linklater Voice Teacher. She performs with Gaitkrash Theatre Company, of which she is a founder member, whose experimental performance work takes place at the intersection between theatre, sound art and fine art. In her teaching and performance work she draws on yoga to train active relaxation, focus and concentration, muscular-skeletal alignment, flexibility, stamina and energy and breath awareness. The resulting alert receptivity and awareness of the flow of energy between the performer’s bodymind and the surrounding bodies, objects and space, opens up greater possibility for choice to the performer in the creative process. She has been directed by Phillip Zarrilli of the Llanarth Group in the Beckett Project in Ireland (Footfalls and Play), in Beckett at the Factory (site-specific montage with Play), and more recently in an international collaboration – Wales/Korea/Ireland/Singapore – Playing the Maids, which toured in Wales in 2015. She is currently working on a devised piece with Gaitkrash entitled Kafka is afraid of Mice.

Dr Maria Kapsali (PCI, University of Leeds, UK) teaches Physical Performance and is a qualified teacher of Iyengar Yoga. Her PhD examined the use of yoga for actor training and theatre making (University of Exeter 2011) and she has recently published the co-authored DVD/Booklet Yoga and Actor Training (Routledge, 2015). Her research on yoga in performance and performer training practices has also appeared in a number of journals, including Theatre Dance and Performance Training, Stanislavski Studies, and Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices.  She is a co-convenor of the TaPRA Performer Training Working Group and co-editor of the Routledge series Perspectives on Performer Training. She is currently working on a monograph entitled New Technologies in Performer Training Practices, to be published by Routledge.


Dr Deborah Middleton (aka Deborah Templeton) (University of Huddersfield UK) is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, trained under Devarshi Steven Hartman. Her yoga is meditational and inquiry-based. She is director of a research project on Mindfulness and Performance ( and runs workshops in The Yoga of Creativity, the yoga-based Presenting with Presence, and, with Nicolás Núñez, Despertando a Través del Teatro (Awakening the Work of the Theatre). Deborah is a writer of contemplative performance texts and short fiction. She is also a Student Teacher of the ITM Alexander Technique.


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