The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is delighted to be hosting an online symposium, Nexus #1: IN/ACTION, on the 2 – 4 December 2020.

This event will also act as the inaugural meeting of the Contemporary Performance in Higher Education Network which aims to bring together academics and practitioners from international Higher Education Institutions engaged in the education, research and practice of Contemporary Performance in its multiplicities. By creating a nexus for disparate programmes and individuals to intersect and exchange ideas we hope that we can work together in addressing the issues which are most pertinent in educating future-focused contemporary artists.


The past six months have significantly altered our contemporary society through major global, historical events. Within this moment a multitude of actions and inactions rise to the fore. Theatres and venues are physically inactive yet action takes place to reimagine performance practice as digital, distanced and derelict.

Action is being taken to demand racial and ethnic equity, highlighting the inaction which has enabled institutional and systemic racism and manifold prejudice. As the world demands we live and think differently, performance remains an active force in the generation of knowledge and possibility.

This symposium and inaugural meeting will centre on the exploded dualism of action|inaction we currently find ourselves occupying as educators, artists, practitioners, students and researchers. In the space between these states we look to the future of performance and the education of contemporary artists as a community inhabiting an uncertain liminality.


Nexus#1: IN/ACTION will be presented synchronously online as a digital symposium including presentations and panel discussions; provocations and round table discussions; collegiate working groups; and a collaborative web-based platform for ongoing dialogue, sharing, working action and documentation.

Running parallel to the symposium sessions will also be evening and lunchtime digital performances from institutions and individuals within the network.

A programme for the symposium can be found here.


The symposium is designed for educators, practitioners and students of Contemporary Performance programmes in Higher Education.

There is the opportunity for all students to engage in the programme on Wednesday 2 December and also access all performance and public events on subsequent days.

Staff, practitioners and nominated student representatives will also engage in additional working sessions on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 December.

If you would like to be involved in the Symposium please register here.

A free and public industry panel discussion will take place on Friday 4 December for anyone interested beyond the network. For further information on the network, or to note an interest in attending the public session, please complete this enquiry form and the RCS Events Team will be in touch with further information.

Alternatively, please contact the Events Team on with any other enquiries.