Dis-Orient Express

My PhD (Reading 2017) focused on a dialogical, collaborative and self-reflexive re-mapping of the relationships between the concepts of Orient, Europe and female Oriental ‘Other’, looking through the prism of belly dancing. In my durational PhD performance titled ‘Dis-Orient Express’ I invited participants into collaborative remapping of the binary opposites of ‘Coloniser/Colonised’, ‘Man/Woman’, ‘Orient/Europe’, punctured by the occasional throwing of pomegranates inspired by the mythical journey of Persephone.