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Dr Katerina Paramana

Dr Katerina Paramana
Lecturer in Theatre

Gaskell Building 109


Dr Katerina Paramana is an artist and scholar, and a Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London. Her performances, installation-, and lecture-performances have been presented in theatre and gallery spaces in the US, UK, Sweden, Portugal, and Greece. Katerina has also performed for various companies and artists in the US and the UK (for example, Tino Sehgal, Ivana Müller, Bojana Cvejic and Christine De Smedt, Risa Jaroslow, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lea Anderson, Simon Vincenzi, and The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein), at venues including Barbican Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Tate Modern, Laban, Siobhan Davies Studios, Southbank Centre, Dance Place (D.C.), Kennedy Centre (D.C.), and Lincoln Centre (NYC).

Her research is concerned with the social and ethical relations afforded and produced by socially concerned contemporary performance works, and the potential of such works to effect change in the contemporary moment. Her work has been published with Contemporary Theatre ReviewDance Research, activateand Performance Research journals.


Katerina has taught theory and practice across live art, theatre, dance, and performance in the UK and the US. She has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at universities including University of Roehampton, London, Birkbeck, University of London, Laban (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). 

Katerina holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance from University of Roehampton, London (2015), supervised by Professor Joe Kelleher and Dr Anna Pakes and funded by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. In her PhD thesis, she examined the social relations produced by contemporary performance works and how these relations compare to the production of the social in neoliberal capitalism. The work of Tino Sehgal, Jérôme Bel, as well as her own practice as a performance maker and choreographer were the vehicles of this discussion. Katerina has an MA in Choreography from Laban, London (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 2009), a BA in Theatre, and a BA in Dance from University of Maryland, College Park, US (2006). 

Katerina also worked as Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University and was an Associate Researcher with Performance Matters, an AHRC-funded creative research project and collaboration between University of Roehampton, London, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Live Art Development Agency. Performance Matters, directed by Prof Adrian Heathfield, Prof Gavin Butt, and Lois Keidan, investigated the cultural value of performance. 

Katerina is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Dance Research (SDR) and on the Board of Directors of Performance Studies International (PSi). 

Newest selected publications

Paramana, K. (2017) 'The Contemporary Dance Economy: Problems and Potentials in the Contemporary Neoliberal Moment'. Dance Research, 35 (1). pp. 75 - 95. ISSN: 0264-2875 Open Access Link

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Paramana, K., Georgelou, K. and Hildebrandt, A. (2017) 'The PSi Manifesto Lexicon - An online discursive platform'. GPS: Global Performance Studies, 1 (1). ISSN: 2574-027X Open Access Link

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Paramana, K. (2015) 'Re-Turning to the Show: Repetition and the construction of spaces of decision, affect and creative possibility'. Performance Research, 20 (5). pp. 116 - 124. ISSN: 1352-8165 Open Access Link

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Paramana, K. and Koukoli, E. (2015) 'Now What?'. [Michael Cacoyannis Theatre, Athens, Greece.]


Paramana, K. (2014) 'On resistance through ruptures and the rupture of resistances: in Tino Sehgal's These Associations'. Performance Research, 19 (6). pp. 81 - 89. ISSN: 1352-8165 Open Access Link

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