Interactions is an artist development programme exploring socially-engaged performance practice*, opening up its diverse practices and delving into the thinking behind the work.

The programme:

  • Interactions blog

    An artist-led platform for discussion, reportage and debate about socially-engaged performance practice, including recent observations on Hazard, Manchester

  • Interactions Mini-Symposium #1—The Bluecoat, Liverpool. Friday 19 September, 16:30 – 18:30
  • Interactions Mini-Symposium #2—Yorkshire Dance, Leeds. Wednesday 8 October, 18:30 – 20:30

    Stimulating presentations from experienced artists Gillian Dyson, Gisele Bone, Dani Abulhawa and Tim Jeeves, as part of a friendly, thought provoking and active participatory discussion-workshop facilitated by Sarah Spanton.

    Interactions hopes that by sharing and learning together, opening up dialogue and unpacking thinking around socially-engaged performance practice, we will begin to form a community of artists developing this field across Yorkshire and the North West.


Mini-Symposium bookings

The Bluecoat, Liverpool. Friday 19 September

£4.50 (concessions)/£6.50   

Book online via The Bluecoat

Or by phone—0151 702 5324

Yorkshire Dance, Leeds. Wednesday 8 October

£4.50 (concessions)/£6.50

Book online via Yorkshire Dance

Or by phone—0113 243 9867


Funded by Arts Council of England, and kindly supported by Interactions Partners: hÅb, Hope St, Live at LICA, Point Blank Theatre, The Bluecoat, Theatre in the Mill, Yorkshire Dance.


T: @UKinteractions

* In an arts context, socially-engaged practice, can be understood loosely to fit into one or more of these descriptions:

Engages audiences beyond the arts institution (theatres/galleries) in social spaces or contexts

Takes the social as its subject or modus operandi

Asks what society or ‘the social’ may mean

Forges alliances directly with communities defined by place or by interest / experience / knowledge

Directly engages with non-artists to produce art-works

For more information on socially engaged performance practice go to