The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image

A collection of newly commissioned texts that explore the moving image in relation to performance, time and the event.*

The Book

The Sensible Stage provides a series of individual proposals and speculations on the intersections of what might be termed 'live-ness' in moving image and performance art practices today.

Unfolding around the concept of 'staging', the book discusses the use of performance and theatre strategies in contemporary art as a means to question the boundaries of stage and screen.

Edited by Bridget Crone and containing a mixture of discursive, theoretical and creative texts, The Sensible Stage includes monographs on the work of Yael Davids, Clare Gasson, Jimmy Robert, and Cara Tolmie, and a new text-piece by Beatrice Gibson. Furthermore it contains new essays by Vanessa Desclaux, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Dominic Andrew Paterson, Lucy Reynolds, and Ian White, plus a conversation between Alain Badiou and Elie During on theatre.

Performance Programme and Panel Discussion

The publication launched at the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images in May 2012 with a programme of performances exploring theatricality and modes of performance in relation to both film and the 'live' event curated by Bridget Crone and produced with Picture This; and a panel discussion on Theatricality and Staging with guest speakers: Vanessa Desclaux, Beatrice Gibson, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, and chaired by Bridget Crone.


To celebrate the launch of The Sensible Stage, a number of bursaries were offered for South West based artists, curators and art writers to attend the launch events, including the Artists' School (convened by Ian White). These were offered with the kind support of Spike Island and Plenty Projects.

The bursary recipients - Hannah James, Laura Phillips, Hannah Still and Marko Wilkinson - were invited to write a critical or creative response to the book and the launch events, and we have published these here.

* Badiou & During reprinted from Theatre Without Theatre,2007 (Barcelona: MACBA)