Features PerformanceQ&A and Interviews Published 4 March 2014

Distance in Performance

Welcome to the first of our Artist Insights series, featuring Julian Maynard Smith of Station House Opera, interviewed by Performance Editor Diana Damian-Martin.
Diana Damian Martin

Julian Maynard Smith is the founder and artistic director of Station House Opera. Founded in 1978, Station House Opera creates solo and group performance work as well as sculpture and installation. Dissolved is the company’s first new work since the city scale site specific project Dominoes in 2009 and follows earlier intercontinental performances developed as far back as 2004. Their distinctive engagement with audiences crosses new boundaries with an installation and performance that uses live video streaming to dissolve spaces in London and Berlin, bringing people from both cities into dynamic connection.

Artist Insights is a collaboration between Artsadmin and online magazine Exeunt, bringing together an artist or collective with a critical writer. Drawing on the wide range of artists and practices that Artsadmin supports, the series provides an overview of different artistic processes, contexts and histories, using current projects as starting points.


Diana Damian Martin

Diana Damian Martin is a London-based performance critic, curator and theorist. She writes about theatre and performance for a range of publications including Divadlo CZ, Scenes and Teatro e Critica. She was Managing Editor of Royal Holloway's first practice based research publication and Guest Editor for postgraduate journal Platform between 2012-2015. She is co-founder of Writingshop, a long term collaborative project with three European critics examining the processes and politics of contemporary critical practice, and a member of practice-based research collective Generative Constraints. She is completing her doctoral study 'Criticism as a Political Event: theorising a practice of contemporary performance criticism' at Royal Holloway, University of London and is a Lecturer in Performance Arts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.