Interface: Collaborative Touch – A discussion between sport and performance

Virtual event


This roundtable event brings together five academics/practitioners with a view to reimagining that most potent of presences in sport and performance: the body.

Sport and artistic performance have a long, intertwined history. This roundtable will discuss a range of interests and concerns including pain, discomfort, the fraught notion of work, touch and haptic communication.

The contributors to this roundtable are Tom Dawkins (wrestler, as Cara Noir, contemporary performer and fitness coach), Claire Heafford (former UK gymnast and bobsledder, wrestler and performer), Dominic Malcolm (Reader in the Sociology of Sport and author of The Concussion Crisis in Sport), Gareth McNarry (Para-swimming lead at Loughborough Sport with a doctorate in swimming embodiment) and Claire Warden (Senior Lecturer in English and Drama and co-editor of Performance and Professional Wrestling).


This event is part of Interface: a week of discussions and events that showcase interdisciplinary practice. Individual events are listed on the LU Arts website.


This event will take place via Zoom and automatic closed captioning (subtitles) will be available. Find out more about Zoom’s accessibility features.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements, then please email us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate these (

Attendees will be asked to respect a safer spaces policy which will be outlined at the start of the event. 

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