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This article was posted on 01 Jun 2014, and is filed under Volume 3, Issue 1.

Editorial

Katerina Paramana

Solidarity and/in Performance: Rethinking Definitions & Exploring Potentialities addresses understandings of solidarity and performance, and the relationship between the two. The current socioeconomic crisis has elicited calls for solidarity from philosophers, sociologists and activists. Yet these calls reveal the long and complicated history of the term solidarity itself. Furthermore, different languages, elicit different understandings of the ethics, responsibilities and actions of those ‘in solidarity’. This issue therefore seeks to rethink the definition, use and potential of the term solidarity through, in and in relation to performance. It aims to question and re-examine the process and role of art making, what it might mean to be ‘in solidarity’ with an ‘other’ (where ‘other’ might be defined as the artwork, the spectator, the fellow citizen, a country, a/the collective) and how such understandings produce strategies and actions that can play a significant role in the current crisis and in the reorganisation of global society. […]

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Biography: Katerina Paramana 
is a London-based artist from Athens, Greece. She makes performances, installation- and lecture-performances. Her work examines the construction of systems, the relationships they afford and the economies of thought, interaction and exchange they (re)produce. It has been presented in theatres and galleries in the US, UK, Sweden, Portugal and Greece. Katerina has also performed for companies and artists in the UK and the US (e.g. Tino Sehgal, Ivana Müller, Bojana Cvejić and Christine De Smedt, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lea Anderson, Simon Vincenzi) at venues including Barbican Theatre, Tate Modern, Laban, Siobhan Davies Studios, Southbank Centre, Kennedy Centre (D.C.) and Lincoln Centre (NYC). She is currently completing a PhD at University of Roehampton, London supervised by Professor Joe Kelleher and Dr Anna Pakes and funded by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Her research has been presented in conferences and symposia internationally. Katerina was an Associate Researcher with Performance Matters directed by Adrian Heathfield, Gavin Butt and Lois Keidan. She holds an MA in Choreography (Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) and BAs in Theatre and in Dance (University of Maryland, US). She has taught modules, workshops and lectures on live art, dance, theatre and performance in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. www.katerinaparamana.com

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