Karen Christopher

Crossing Borders 2019 | 26 November 2019 | 7-8:30pm

The Performance in My Head
Karen Christopher and Mary Paterson

Unrealised projects act on our thinking and working and hold a place in our heads, lives, and dreams. They influence the navigation we follow along paths of construction. Starting with prepared statements and continuing with a live conversation, Mary Paterson and Karen Christopher will focus on the way unrealised works flower in the mind where finished work might not. The project that never gets made lives as a kind of horizon that urges us forward asking a question we can't answer. This question is food.

Mary as a performance writer and Karen as a performance maker come to the problem of translation between interior thought and exterior demonstration or action from opposite sides of the inside/outside flow of idea. As makers (of performance, or writing, or both), how do we leave room for other people’s imaginations? How do we guide and encourage acts of imagination, without proscribing their boundaries?


Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer and teacher. With her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, she is engaged in collaborative performance-making processes. Karen was a member of Chicago-based Goat Island performance group for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009. She now works at South House, her new studio in Faversham, Kent. Her focus is on artistic negotiation in the making process and finding non-traditional structures for working and composing live performance works. The performance style and content is found by making it. Her work follows paths of thought made visible and includes listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet. She is paying attention as a practice of social cooperation.

Karen has 30 years experience leading performance composition workshops at art centres, art schools and universities in the US, UK, and Europe, including extended performance devising workshops.