Dr Piotr Woycicki

PhD (Prifysgol Lancaster), MA (Prifysgol Lancaster), BA (Prifysgol Lancaster)

Dr Piotr Woycicki

Lecturer in Theatre and New Media

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Piotr was appointed Lecturer in Theatre and Performance in 2013. Before joining Aberystwyth University he has lectured at the University of Exeter and Lancaster University. Piotr has completed his Ph.D. in the Theatre Studies Department at Lancaster University (2010), where he also completed his MA (Res) and BA (Hons). His research investigated the politics of perception in post-cinematic theatre, a subgroup of intermedial theatre which critically responds to and deconstructs cinematic culture. His main areas of research concern the intersections between political and aesthetic theory, particularly the work of Lyotard, Deleuze, and Ranci?re and contemporary intermedial performance practice. His other interests extend into neuroaesthetic approaches to performance analysis and the historical relationship between paradigm shifts in scientific discourse and the deconstructions of the essentialist human subject in theatre practice. He is an active member of the Intermediality Working Group within the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). . He has also collaborated as composer and deviser with the UK based intermedial company Imitating the Dog and director Pete Brooks on a number of international projects, such as Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls, Rey Lear and 6 Degrees Below the Horizon.



Rey Lear (2011)

Rey Lear is a contemporary intermedial adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, weaving the narrative of the destruction of the family within a broader landscape of political & social unrest, closely referencing recent Chilean history. With two simultaneous stories intertwined, Pete Brook's Rey Lear stages Shakespeare's vision of a society undergoing a process of self-destruction. This version puts Lear in a nursing home, haunted by his memories, where fear & madness lurk behind the facade of everyday life. The play's intermedial aesthetic, addresses the classic with a mixture of languages, film & theatre, where the complex scenography gives unique insight into the nightmarish delirium of the protagonist. The piece premiered on March 2011, at the Teatro de la Universidad Cat?lica, Santiago, Chile.

Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls (2010)

At the end of his life a dying man turns to a young woman & tries to put right a wrong committed many years ago. As he recounts the story of his past he is taken back to The Bar of Lost Souls, a place where, it is said, your deepest desires become real.

The show takes as its starting point the melting pot of Mediterranean port communities, where notions of national borders & identity are challenged by the ever-changing mix of ethnicities & nationalities, the activity of commerce, the blurring of the lines between legal & criminal behaviour & by the suspension of the norms that attempt to govern sexual & political orthodoxy.

Part musical, part dream play, Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls is a magical realist story of forbidden love, criminality & the possibility of finding redemption in the unlikeliest of places.

Premiered at the National Theatre of Athens (2009), Greece. U


Synaesthetic resonances in the intermedial soundtrack of Imitating the Dog’s Tales from the Bar of Lost SoulsWoycicki, P. 2016 In : Body, Space and Technology Journal.16
Recursive game structures as emergent post-capitalist creative strategiesWoycicki, P. 2016 In : Performance Research.21, 4, p. 20-25
The Scheherazade DelusionWoycicki, P. 2016
Recursive Game Structures as Emergent Post-Capitalist Creative StrategiesWoycicki, P. 2016
Libidinal Archaeologies in Wooster Group’s HamletWoycicki, P. 2015
Post-Cinematic Theatre and PerformanceWoycicki, P. 2014 Springer Nature. 280 p. (Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology)
A critical study of physical participation in Blast Theory’s Can you see me now?Woycicki, P. 2014 In : International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.10, 2, p. 193-20411 p.
Thoughts that can be dancedGritzner, K., Woycicki, P., Ellis, S. & Lipic, B. 2014
Synaesthetic resonances in the intermedial soundtrack of Imitating the Dog’s Tales from the Bar of Lost SoulsWoycicki, P. 2014
Mathematical Resonance in the Architecture of Goat Island’s The LastmakerWoycicki, P. 2014 In : Performance Research.19, 2, p. 84-9310 p.
Pedipulating footageWoycicki, P. 2013
Block Universes in Imitating the Dog’s KellermanWoycicki, P. 2013
Acinematic montage in contemporary post-cinematic performanceWoycicki, P. 2013
‘Mathematical Aesthetic’ as a Strategy for Performance: A Vector Analysis of Samuel Beckett's QuadWoycicki, P. 2012 In : Journal of Beckett Studies.21, 2, p. 135-156
The physical backstage of cybernetic theatreWoycicki, P. 2012
Performing audiencesWoycicki, P. 2011
Temporality and String Theory in Imitating the Dog’s KellermanWoycicki, P. 2011 In : International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.7, 1, p. 23-4220 p.
Politics of the Post-CinematicWoycicki, P. 2011
Rey LearWoycicki, P. 2011
Mirror audiencesWoycicki, P. 2010
Disorienting Landscapes in Hotel MethuselahWoycicki, P. 2010
Tales from the Bar of Lost SoulsWoycicki, P. 2010
Cadenzas for J. Haydn’s I Violin concerto in C-MajorWoycicki, P. 2009
Repetition and the birth of languageWoycicki, P. 2009 In : Performance Research.14, 2, p. 80-844 p.
A Night to RememberWoycicki, P. 2009
Cadenzas for W.A. Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ SerenadeWoycicki, P. 2008
'Devil’s Dance’: A piece for violin and pianoWoycicki, P. 1983