Dr. Konstantina Georgelou

Assistant Professor
Media and Performance Studies
Scientific Personnel

Dr Konstantina Georgelou is a performing arts theorist, dramaturg and researcher. Her research is on the practice and theory of dramaturgical activity, especially regarded from a political perspective, which is part of her ongoing inquiry on embodied practices of resistance and forms of dis/order as these are thought and expressed within dance and performance. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University and at the University College Utrecht. She is also a tutor at DAS Choreography and the theory advisor at DAS Theatre, both MA programmes at the Graduate School of the Amsterdam University for the Arts. 

In 2011 she received her PhD from Utrecht University, with a thesis entitled Performless: The operation of l’informe in post-dramatic theatre, where she proposed Georges Bataille’s notion of l’informe for the analysis of dramaturgical strategies in postdramatic performance, with a particular analytical focus on the function of language, body and temporality on stage. Later on, she was appointed as a post-doc fellow at the Centre for the Humanities, to conduct research on the intersections between dance and cognitive neurosciences. Between 2011-2019 she was also a core tutor at the ArtEZ Master of Choreography and, later on, of Theatre Practices in Arnhem.

More recently, her research spans over the areas of practical dramaturgy, choreography and dance, (new) materialism and artistic research, inquiring ways to move and act collectively. She studies artistic, discursive and activist practices and researches in-practice collective modes of production in theory and in the arts. Konstantina’s publications have appeared in several journals and books, such as with Performance Research Journal, Performance Paradigm, Maska, LADA, Routledge, Palgrave MacMillan; she co-authored The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz, 2017) and co-edited the issue ‘On Names’ (Performance Research Journal, 2017). She has worked together with several artists including Genevieve Murphy, Zhana Ivanova, Billy Mullaney, Chara Kotsali, Danae Theodoridou, Janez Janša, Efrosini Protopapa, Mladen Alexiev, Katja Heitmann, Ingrid Berger Myhre and Apostolia Papadamaki.