About Us

SLIPPAGE@Duke: PERFORMANCE | CULTURE | TECHNOLOGY

SLIPPAGE@Duke is a think-tank, an interdisciplinary performance research group that explores connections between performance, history, theater, and emergent technology. Under the direction of Duke professor Thomas F. DeFrantz, SLIPPAGE@Duke builds on the urgent need for intentional, critical, and timely interaction among artists, researchers, audiences, engineers, faculty, students, and general publics in the arts. Located in the Rubenstein Arts Center on the Duke campus, SLIPPAGE@Duke has a special imperative to organize cultural events that help us all imagine how creativity and expression operate at the core of artistry, humanity, technology, and social possibilities. SLIPPAGE@Duke produces conferences, symposia, workshops, and artist exchanges in events that mark social progress via research in performance. Recognized globally, SLIPPAGE@Duke remains at the forefront of innovative thinking and reinforces Duke University’s status as one of the leading research universities in the world.

SLIPPAGE collaborates with leading artists drawn from a wealth of creative practices: polymedia artists, choreographers, performers, theorists, historians, directors, technologists. Highlights of the first seven years include a “Best of the New” award from the Boston Globe (2005); grants for new creation from the National Performance Network for Project Development and Touring; Collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas to develop wearable technologies for dance theater applications; 
 
SLIPPAGE@Duke embraces diversity of identity, practice, and methodology in each of its projects. We believe that we are the strongest group when we each bring particular skills to the table and to the stage. Our projects have engaged global audiences in productions and performances staged in India, France, Japan, South Africa; workshops in Botswana and Canada; and academic presentations in Australia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, South Africa, and Sweden. In all of this work, we intend to enlarge the way that creative communications and our global environment interact.