Welcome to Making Routes

Making Routes is a network and online resource for researchers and practitioners who are on the move: using journeys in creative or challenging ways; forging new paths through troubled places; or travelling experimentally with art and ideas.

This site has been convened by Laura Bissell (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and David Overend (University of Edinburgh) since 2011. The network includes members from around the world and with diverse interests and practices.

Share your projects, read our blogs and publications, and connect with others working in this dynamic field...

Seeking the Sea: Performance in a Pandemic

An article I had published earlier this year opens with the line “Performance as an art form is live, ephemeral, and of the moment” (Cultural Geographies, April 2020). Are these words still relevant in the context of this global pandemic?

As a performance-researcher I am keen to examine the way in which contemporary performance-making responds to social, political, ecological and cultural events. I have previously written about the flurry of creative activity which was…

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Over the last two years we have been investigating an inexorable web of entanglement between story and place that has emerged during creative research projects. In the following essay we will recount how our experiences working on two such projects during the time of Covid have informed our understanding of the nature of this entanglement and reflect on…

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Living (in) Precarity

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My name’s Sarah, I am 32 years old, and I am in companionship with pain . . .

 

I am trying to listen to you.

To get to know your qualities, character and atmosphere.

To mark you.

Honour you.

To see what you have to say.

And let you take centre…

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New article: Water matters

"Water matters: TUG onboard and TUG footpath" by Dr Laura Bissell Studies in Theatre and Performance  Volume 36, 2016 - Issue 2 This article uses Dog Kennel Hill Project’s contemporary dance performance TUG as a case study to explore waterways as…

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