DrFelipe Cervera

Academics

Dr Felipe Cervera

Lecturer
felipe.cervera@lasalle.edu.sg
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  • PhD in Theatre Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • MA in Drama by Practice-as-Research, University of Kent, United Kingdom
  • BA in Dramatic Literature and Theatre, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

www.felipecervera.me
www.theartofstrangers.com

Dr Felipe Cervera is a Mexican theatre and performance maker, lecturer and researcher based in Singapore since 2012. As an actor and director, he has worked and toured extensively in Mexico, Argentina, USA, UK, France, Egypt and Singapore. In Singapore, he is the co-artistic director The Art of Strangers and he often collaborates with other local companies such as The Necessary Stage.

As a researcher, his work centres on the intersections of astronomy, astronautics and performance theory. His doctoral thesis, titled Planetary Performance Theory, received the faculty nomination for the Wang Gungwu Award and Medal for Best PhD Thesis in the Social Sciences and Humanities at the National University of Singapore.

Dr Cervera also writes about contemporary theatre, politics and globalisation, having published numerous articles in scholarly journals. He co-leads the After Performance Research Ensemble, where along with colleagues based in the UK, Thailand and Singapore, he experiments with applying theatre-making methods to academic research and writing. Dr Cervera is the Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal, Global Performance Studies.

Professional Practice/Research Output

Direction

  • Miss British (tentative title) by The Art of Strangers. The Studios Season 2019. Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 2019.
  • Così Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. An Esplanade commission performed at Cool Classic Festival. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 2018.
  • #IstillwantmyPR by The Art of Strangers. Performed at Projek Suitcase Festival. Teater Ekamatra, Singapore, December 2016.
  • Furthest North Deepest South by Chong Tze Chien. National University of Singapore’s Cultural Centre, Singapore, March 2015.
  • The Mountain by Amitav Ghosh. A commission performed at M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. The Substation Theatre, Singapore, January 2014.
  • Imam Hussein. A commission performed at V Mexico City Performing Arts Festival. Mexico, 2010.
  • The Story of Imam Hussein. Graduation show for the MA in Drama by Practice as Research, University of Kent. Aphra Theatre, United Kingdom, August 2009.

Performances (selected)

  • Tropical Traumas by Brian Gothong Tan. Performed at Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Singapore, August 2016.
  • Instructions on Swimming; Notes on Drowning by Michelle Tan. Directed by Natalie Hennedige and produced by Cake Theatrical Productions. Performed at Running with Strippers Festival. Singapore, November 2015.
  • The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers by Ong Keng Sen. Performed at Singapour Festival en France, and Singapore International Festival of the Arts. Singapore, March – September 2015.
  • Flower Nymphs by Cake Theatrical Productions. Directed by Natalie Hennedige. Performed at the opening of Gardens by the Bay. Singapore, July 2012.
  • Cuerdas by written by Bárbara Colio. Directed by Richard Viqueira. Performed at Querétaro Young Theatre Week 2010 (Mexico), Tijuana National Theatre Festival 2010 (Mexico), Puebla Theatre Festival 2010 (Mexico), Miami Hispanic International Festival 2011 (US), Cervantino International Festival 2011(Mexico), and Mar del Plata International Theatre Festival 2011 (Argentina).
  • Prophecy in Future Tense by Abas Al-Janabi. Performed at Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre. Egypt, October 2009.
  • Witnesses or our Little Stabilization by Tadeusz Różwicz. Directed by Elektra Angelopolou. Graduation show for the MA Text and Performance, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. United Kingdom, September 2009.
  • Psicoembutidos by Richard Viqueira. Performed at Pay-per-View Festival. Santa Catarina Theatre, Mexico, October 2007.

Publications (selected)

  • ‘Future Now’ (co-edited with Areum Jeoung, Asher Warren, Azadeh Sharifi, Eero Laine, Evelyn Wan, Shawn Chua, and Yiota Demetriou), special issue of Global Performance Studies, 2:2. (Forthcoming, 2019)

Book Chapters

  • ‘Theatre and Eschatological Politics’, in The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics. Edited by Peter Eckersall and Helena Grehan. Routledge. (Forthcoming, 2019)

Original Articles

  • ‘Naming the Cosmos Death: On Performance, Astronomy, and Katie Paterson’s The Dying Star Letters’, Performance Research, 22:5 (2017) pp.28-34.
  • ‘Planetary Performance Studies’, Global Performance Studies, 1:1 (2017). Available at: http://gps.psi-web.org/issue-1-1/planetary-performance-studies/
  • ‘On Silence, Singapore Malays and Jacques Rancière’, Performance Philosophy, 2:2 (2017) pp. 310-330.
  • ‘Astroaesthetics: Performance and The Rise of Interplanetary Culture’, Theatre Research International, 41:3 (2016) pp. 258-275.
  • ‘Post-Global Islam: Reflection Inspired in the Project Imam Hussein’, Investigación Teatral, 3:5 (2014), pp.79-9.

Publications with After Performance Research Ensemble

  • Vulnerability and the Lonely Scholar’ (co-authored with Ella Parry-Davies, Matt Yoxall and Alvin Lim; collaborative writing, equal degree of authorship), Contemporary Theatre Review Interventions, June 2017. Available at: https://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/2017/vulnerabilityand-the-lonely-scholar/
  • ‘After Performance: On Transauthorship’ (co-authored with Ella Parry-Davies, Matt Yoxall and Alvin Lim; collaborative writing, equal degree of authorship), Performance Research 21:5 On Trans- (2016) pp.35-6.

Conferences/Presentations (selected)

  • ‘This is how the future catches up: Extraterrestrial exploration and performance art in the 21st century’. Talk, Singapore International Festival of the Arts, 2018.
  • ‘Hypnosis, moon travels and de-colonisation of the extraterrestrial’. Paper presentation, Symposium Travels in Trans-sensoriality, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, 2017.
  • ‘Migration and collaboration: Challenging the conventions of lonely scholarship’. Paper presentation, Performance Studies international (PSi) #23 Overflow. University of Hamburg, Germany, 2017.
  • ‘Eliciting creative views of tertiary education through speculative future scenarios: Robot “O”’, co-authored with Dr Ricardo Sosa and Mrs Rebecca Torres. Paper presentation, Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ). University of Otago, New Zealand, 2016.
  • ‘Geopolitics now and the making of collectives: A workshop on ensemble research’. Panel contribution, Performance Studies international (PSi) #22 Performance Climates, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2016.
  • ‘Space as avant-garde? Performance Research in the International Space Station’. Paper presented, Performance Studies international (PSi) #22 Performance Climates, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2016.
  • ‘Performance studies: Encounters, engagements, and encumbrances’. Panel contribution, Tilted Earth, Performance, Disaster, Resilience in Archipelagic Space, De La Salle University, Philippines, 2015.
  • ‘Intra-planetary actions: A disclaim of the global in performance research’. Paper presentation, Tilted Earth, Performance, Disaster, Resilience in Archipelagic Space, De La Salle University, Philippines, 2015.
  • ‘In-mobility: On limens, free falling and our escape from Earth’. Paper presentation, Performing Mobilities, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, 2015.
  • ‘But I don’t want to be a cowboy! Interplanetary performances and the post-global imaginary’. Paper presentation, New Scholars Forum, University of Hyderabad, India, 2015.
Research Interests
  • Performance and performance theory in relation to science and technology
  • Theatre-making
  • Collaborative academia
  • Methodologies and disciplinary histories of performance studies