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Dr Eirini Kartsaki, BA (Aristotle's University, Greece), MA, PhD (QMUL)


Teaching Fellow in Drama and Performance Studies



I studied Theatre at undergraduate level in Greece, Artistotle’s University, Fine Art Department. I undertook my MA and PhD in Performance at QM while at the same time performing as a solo practitioner or in collaboration with others in London and beyond. My PhD examines repetition in contemporary performance and my practice interrogates notions of desire, promiscuity and the body. I worked at the University of Bedfordshire and Anglia Ruskin University before joining Queen Mary as a Teaching Fellow in 2015.


I have a keen interest in transformative pedagogy that focuses on the teacher’s political, ethical and professional responsibility towards the students. I work with pedagogic structures that enable students to better understand themselves, and the world around them. I use performance to open a discussion around agency, identity, cultural discourses and practices. 

Undergraduate Teaching

In the 2016-17 academic year, I am teaching on:


Research Interests:

  • Contemporary performance and Live Art
  • Repetition in performance, art and writing
  • Notions of desire and promiscuity
  • Feminist performance practice
  • Autobiography and Performance Writing
  • Solo work

Recent and On-Going Research

My research focuses on repetition in contemporary performance and the invisible forces at work when encountering repetitive movement, text or structures. I am particularly interested in the type of spectatorship certain moments in the theatre give rise to; I work on performances by Pina Bausch, Anne Terese De Keersmaeker, Lone Twin Theatre and the writings of Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein, T.J. Clark amongst others. I am currently working on my monograph entitled Repetition in Performance, which is contracted by Palgrave Macmillan. I have edited an issue of Performance Research: On Repetition with Theron Schmidt and a collection of essays (On Repetition: Performance, Art, Writing) with Intellect. I am also interested in notions of desire and excess; my ongoing research explores desire, promiscuity, the unfulfilled and sensory theories of performance.

I have published in journals Performing Ethos, Choreographic Practices and Performance Research and have contributes chapters in books. In 2012 I organised an interdisciplinary conference on the topic of repetition at Anglia Ruskin University.



2017 Kartsaki, E., Repetition in Performance: Returns and Invisible Forces, Book Contract with Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming May 2017

2016 Kartsaki, E. editor. On Repetition: Writing, Performance and Art, edited collection of essays, Book Contract with Intellect Books, Bristol


Articles in peer-reviewed journals

2015 Kartsaki, E., ‘Circular Paths of Pleasure in Berrettini’s iFeel2’ in Performance Research: On Repetition, vol. 20, issue 5,

2014 Kartsaki, E. and Zerihan, R., ‘Slots, slaps, sluts and other cheap thrills: promiscuity, ethics and one-to-one performance’ in Performing Ethos, One-to-one Encounters: Desire, Reciprocity and Ethics, Special issue, Intellect,

2012 Kartsaki, E., ‘Repeat Repeat: Returns of Performance in the Work of Lone Twin Theatre’, in Choreographic Practices, vol. 3, issue 1, ed. by Vida Midgelow and Jane Bacon, Intellect,

2013 Kartsaki, E., ‘La Ribot’s Panoramix: Revealing and Concealing Exposures’, Activate E-journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, Roehampton University,

2009 Kartsaki, E., ‘Writing and re-writing: Performance Retuns, Activate E-journal, vol. 1, issue 1, Roehampton University,    

Chapters in peer-reviewed books

2015 Kartsaki, E., ‘Farewell to Farewell: impossible endings and unfinished finitudes’, in Kartsaki, E, ed. On Repetition: Art, Writing and Performance, Intellect Books, Bristol, forthcoming

2013 Kartsaki, E., ‘Trilogy, Lone Twin Theatre’ in Reverberations: Britishness, Aesthetics and Small-Scale Theatres, ed. by Patrick Duggan and Victor Ukaegbu, Intellect.


2015 Kartsaki, E. and Schmidt, T. eds. Performance Research: On Repetition, vol. 20, issue 5,

2012 Kartsaki, E., Lobel, B. and Zerihan, R., eds., Performing Ethos, One-to-one Encounters: Desire, Reciprocity and Ethics, Special issue, Intellect. Editorial: ‘Generous Gestures and Frustrated Acts: Ethics in One-to-One Performance’,


2014 Kartsaki, E., ‘Mis-appropriation and re-appropriation. An Interview with Oreet Ashery’ in Performing Adaptations, Intellect.


2014 Kartsaki, E., Review of Zerihan, R. and Chatzichristodoulou, M., 2012, Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance, Palgrave Macmillan in Contemporary Theatre Review, 


2016 Over You by Tante&Tante Be Festival, Birmingham

2016 Duet with Emma Bennett, I’m With You, Barbican Centre

2016 Quite the best news in some considerable time by Nick Ridout and Lindsay Goss, Queen Mary University of London

2015 Over You by Tante und Tante, Sound Acts, Athens International Showcase

2015 Over You by Tante und Tante, Chisenhale Dance Space, London

2015 No Pillow Talk, CRASSH University of Cambridge

2014 How to be a fig, Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, London

2014 How to be a fig, Cambridge Junction, Cambridge

2014 My Horny Clown, Cruising for Art, Vogue Fabrics, London

2014 My Horny Clown, Night Watch, Cambridge Junction

2014 No Pillow Talk, Thomas Hirshhorn, Eternal Flame, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2014 No Pillow Talk, Kathy Acker Study Day, Roehampton University, London

2014 No Pillow Talk, ]Performance Space[ , London

2012-2013 Toothache Duets, durational online project in collaboration with Louise Douse

2013 I’ve slept with twenty men, two chickens and it’s only 8 o’ clock, Chisenhale Dance Theatre, London

2013 I’ve slept with twenty men, two chickens and it’s only 8 o’ clock, Cambridge Junction

2012 Lola and Stephen, Episode 2, a collaboration with Owen G. Parry, Hayward Gallery

2011 Lola and Stephen, Episode 1, a collaboration with Owen G. Parry, I’m With You, Vogue Fabrics

2011 Party for Freedom, in collaboration with Naked as a Jaybird and Oreet Ashery

2010 At Dusk, I Am Yours, Doll Gallery Space, Lausanne, Switzerland

2010 Pussy Pocket, Soho Theatre, Scratch Interact, London

2010 Peep Whole, Arcola Theatre, Live Art Speed Date, London

2009 Never but All Alone, Cruising for Art by Brian Lobel, V&A Museum

2009 Down Below, The Rag Factory, London

2008 Spit Spat Spat, Stoke Newington International Airport, London

2008 Cock Tales and Ballads, East End Collaborations, Arnolfini, Bristol and Camden People’s Theatre

2008 Pommes et Parapluies, Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, France

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