2020 applicants

Dr Eirini Kartsaki

East 15 Acting School
Dr Eirini Kartsaki



Eirini Kartsaki is a performance practitioner, writer and Lecturer in Drama at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex. She is the author of 'Repetition in Performance: Returns and Invisible Forces' published by Palgrave in 2017 (http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137430533) and the editor of 'On Repetition: Performance, Writing and Art' (Intellect, 2016, https://www.intellectbooks.com/on-repetition) Her research comprises of work around contemporary performance, live art and feminist practice. Kartsaki has written extensively on repetition, desire and pleasure in performance and is currently working on a project around feminist practices from the 1970s till the present. Drawing on her expertise in desire, this project considers sexuality, identity politics, monstrosity, protrusions and the weird in work by female artists. Her performance practice has been presented nationally and internationally (Sadler’s Wells, V&A, The Basement, Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini, Soho Theatre, Palais de Tokyo, Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon). Her full-length solo show 'Herpes' was presented at The Yard Theatre, RichMix (Steakhouse Live!), Chisenhale Dance Space, amongst other places and was supported by the Arts Council England. 'Herpes' deals with notions of compulsive reproduction and heteronormative desires and make spaces for more, better, stranger pleasures and worlds. She has been working on a wider project entitled 'NO MORE CHILDREN', which addresses the pressures women experience in the western neoliberal context to have children and consider their self-worth in relation to the logic that the compulsion towards a reproductive futurity creates. Her recent article ‘On Children’ in Performance Research explores some of these issues (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13528165.2018.1511043). Kartsaki has published in journals Performing Ethos, Choreographic Practices and Performance Research. She has edited an issue of Performance Research ‘On Repetition’ (20: 5, 2015) with Theron Schmidt, and a special issue of Performing Ethos on ethics and one-to-one performance with Rachel Zerihan and Brian Lobel (3: 2, 2012). Her collaboration with Angelina Kartsaki as Tante&Tante has received the Audience’s Award (2016) at BE Festival and the Champ Libre Award (2017). http://www.eirinikartsaki.com/


Journal articles (7)

Kartsaki, E., (2020). Rehearsals of the Weird: Julia Bardsley’s Almost the Same (feral rehearsals for violent acts of culture). Contemporary Theatre Review. 30 (1), 67-90

Kartsaki, E., (2018). Staging Queer Feminisms: Sexuality and Gender in Australian Performance, 2005-2015. Contemporary Theatre Review. 28 (3), 417-418

Kartsaki, E., (2018). On Children. Performance Research. 23 (4-5), 16-19

Kartsaki, E., (2015). Circular Paths of Pleasure in Marco Berrettini'siFeel2. Performance Research. 20 (5), 125-131

Kartsaki, E. and Schmidt, T., (2015). Editorial : On Repetition. Performance Research. 20 (5), 1-3

Kartsaki, E. and Zerihan, R., (2012). Slots, Slaps, Sluts and Other Cheap Thrills: Promiscuity, Desire and Labour in one-to-one Performance. Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance. 3 (2), 155-171

Kartsaki, E., (2012). Repeat repeat: Returns of performance in the work of Lone Twin Theatre. Choreographic Practices. 3 (1), 119-138

Books (2)

Kartsaki, E., (2017). Repetition in Performance. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781137430533

Kartsaki, E., (2016). On Repetition Writing, Performance and Art. Intellect (UK). 1783205776. 9781783205776

Book chapters (3)

Kartsaki, E., (2016). Farewell to Farewell: Impossible Endings and Unfinished Finitudes. In: On Repetition Writing, Performance and Art. Editors: Kartsaki, E., . Intellect (UK). 1783205776. 9781783205776

Kartsaki, E., (2016). Persisting Forever: Introducing Repetition. In: On Repetition Writing, Performance and Art. Intellect (UK). 1783205776. 9781783205776

Kartsaki, E., (2013). Kind acts: Lone twin theatre. In: Reverberations Across Small-Scale British Theatre: Politics, Aesthetics and Forms. 137- 154. 9781783202973




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