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JULY 2023


by Jia-Yu Corti and NEUROLIVE

Performing and Not Performing, performed by Jia-Yu Corti is a new performance-experiment presented by NEUROLIVE, developed in collaboration with choreographer and performer Jia-Yu Corti.

This performance-experiment plays with the spectrum of states between performing and not-performing – both in terms of how performers generate these different states, and how audiences perceive them. This playful experiment draws on acclaimed performer Jia-Yu Corti’s expertise in skilfully navigating her way through this range of states of intentionally ‘being yourself’ to greater and lesser degrees, while performing.

You are invited to participate in this experiment as an audience member, witnessing Jia-Yu Corti’s performance, specially created for this experiment. You will be asked to wear glasses that record your eye movements while you watch the performance. You will also be asked to fill in some questionnaires before, during and after the performance. The whole experiment will take approximately 75 minutes and you will be paid £15 for your participation. 

Your participation in this experiment as an audience member contributes to NEUROLIVE, a 5-year interdisciplinary research project bringing artists, scientists and audiences together to study what makes live experiences special.


Please register your interest in participating by signing up here.

Image: photo by Jia-Yu Corti


Wednesday 19 July, 3pm/5pm/7pm
Thursday 20 July, 3pm/5pm/7pm
Monday 24 July, 3pm/5pm/7pm
Tuesday 25 July, 3pm/5pm/7pm


Goldsmiths George Wood Theatre
Laurie Grove
London SE14 6NH

If you have any questions you would like to ask us before registering, please do not hesitate to contact us.
NEUROLIVE producer Iris Chan email:

Each performance will have capacity for 10 audience members to participate in the performance-experiment.  You will be paid £15 for your participation. Please note that you may only participate once in this performance-experiment. 


Jia-Yu Corti is a Taiwan-born choreographer and performer based in London working at the intersections of choreography, dance, theatre, visual, live and performance art. She has created, performed and collaborated in diverse contexts and spaces for over three decades. 

She is interested in the processes of transformation of consciousness ushered in by movement, the way that awareness of the body/mind connections generates new meanings. Through this NEUROLIVE experiment, she is keen to explore different states of being in the performance context, and how this process could in turn allow the choreographic potential to reveal and reverberate.

Jia-Yu trained in Taiwan (Dance Diploma, National Taiwan Academy of Arts, 1981-86); the USA (BFA Modern Dance, University of Utah, 1989-92); and UK ( MA Choreography, London Contemporary Dance School, 2015). She worked as a member of Harupin-Ha Butoh Dance Theatre (USA), La Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Canada) and Retina Dance Company (UK) throughout 1990s. As an independent dance maker, she has received grants from Arts Council England and commissions from Taiwan to create performance projects.

Since 2011, Jia-Yu has mainly worked as a freelance collaborative artist, contributing to and performing for other artists. She has performed nationally and internationally with artists/choreographers Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Anthea Hamilton, Colette Sadler, Grace Schwindt, Jeremy Shaw, Jo Fong, Pan Daijing, Tino Sehgal, Trajal Harrell, Zadie Xa, among others.

The NEUROLIVE project has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

A European Research Council funded project