Presented by the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, BRINK is an annual festival highlighting works in progress by emerging performance practitioners from around the world. These performance events celebrate critical rigour in practice through performance-based inquiry. BRINK invites audiences to encounters that destabilise our perspectives and re-imagine what might be possible.

The MA Performance Practice as Research at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama invite you to Brink Festival 2018!

This year's Brink Festival presents innovative work-in-development by the performance practitioners of the MA/MFA program. Join us for six on-the-edge, work-in-development pieces which propose a slightly skewed way of thinking.

Delving into the intersections of identity, culture, truth and mythology, #BRINK2018 is an event not to miss. Taking place at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the event will run from 25th to the 28th of June. MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research is designed for innovators who wish to investigate and interrogate the concepts and practices within contemporary performance. We are auteurs, interdisciplinary performers and makers, practitioner/researchers who wish to take our work to the edges of our specialism(s).

All performances will be recorded for documentation purposes.

Please send general questions about bookings and access services to brink.festival@cssd.ac.uk.

For general information on how building access at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, please contact enquiries@cssd.ac.uk or visit the "How to Find Us" page on Central’s website.


                                       SHIFTING PRACTICE

[Looking at the world from different perspectives
 Allowing ourselves to skew our visions just a little, enough to reimagine new possibilities
                                                                                                                              new worlds
                                                                                                                              new histories.]

We began by practicing shifts and we ended up with shifting practices.

We hope to propose six slightly skewed ways of thinking about the world, one that finds us at the intersections of identity, history, and mythology, that repositions the artist as body, facilitator, and storyteller.

This is a space for us to ask questions out loud
                                     question ourselves in front of each other and with strangers in the room

allowing those questions to reveal, conceal and package

an ongoing questioning, an inquiring into ourselves as bodies, heritage, politics, gender, race and full of opinions.

We believe that performance is an opportunity for connection, for separation, and for dislocation; We just aim to skew everything a little and see what happens.

We hope to propose a slightly skewed way of thinking about the world, one that finds us at the intersections of identity, history, and mythology, that repositions the artist as body, facilitator, and storyteller.


In the spirit of practicing shifts, BRINK 2018 has selected two of the MFA Performance Practice as Research students, Michael Norton and Eastman Presser to share how, in their second year of research, their work has developed and shifted in its activation as practice since presenting at BRINK last year.

No Man’s Land - Michael Burditt Norton

Cartography has trouble expressing its feelings: it denies, avoids, suppresses and downplays emotional entanglements. In this lecture performance, No Man’s Land approaches this previously emotionally barren terrain as a key to journey through World War One battlefields, inherited family silence and Freddie Mercury. Layering images of topographic assertions with queer landscapes, No Man’s Land betrays geography’s long, thick history and attempts a practice of queer geography, mapping through the embodied, curiously navigating the terrain between personal, historical, and emotional.

Michael Burditt Norton is a performance practitioner based in London. He holds an MFA in Performance Practice as Research. Previous work has been presented at Brink2017, The Sophiensaele (Berlin), Tanztage 2014 (Berlin), Aunt Linda Gallery (Berlin), and TRAFO (Poland). As a collaborator, Michael has devised work presented at Frascati (Amsterdam), Kaai Studios (Brussels) and the Beursschouwburg (Brussels). Michael holds a BA in Performance Studies from Emerson College, Boston. michaelburdittnorton.com


GOOD LISTENER - Eastman Presser

GOOD LISTENER is an invitation into an ongoing practice that examines listening critically, in different ways, to different sounds, some of which might happen to be music. Borrowing from music across genres, the lecture structure, and the listening party, Eastman Presser guides the audience through what it means to listen by sharing personal listening experiences and analyses thereof.

GOOD LISTENER was developed in 2017 as part of an ongoing practice-as-research inquiry into listening. Since BRINK, GOOD LISTENER was performed at Chisenhale Dance Space, Hacoustic Presents at Iklectik, and in the We Are Robots festival.