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Researcher

Elvira Crois

  • Research interest  (Vrije Universiteit Brussel):

    Elvira Crois is a postdoctoral researcher in arts education at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and theatre studies at University of Antwerp. After completing a doctoral thesis on aesthetics of audience participation and performer training for participatory performance, their research continues to explore participatory arts and its potential for social change and social justice via playful, affective, and sensorial strategies of worldmaking.

    In 2022, Elvira defended their doctoral thesis ‘Holding [ a Conversation with ] the Situation. The Performer’s Tactical Ability and the Aesthetic Affect of Audience Participation’. The research inquired into performer training to better understand how the performer's craft affects the aesthetics of audience participation. Through an accompanying approach (i.e. a participatory research method) and the theoretical framework of theatre genetics (i.e. the study of the creative process-, the project looks into interactive and participatory performing arts, including the work of Katrien Oosterlinck (BE) (www.spatie.info), Seppe Baeyens (BE) (leon.dance) and Sarah John (AU/DK) (art-of-listening.org).

    Elvira Crois holds an MA degree in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Antwerp. From 2015-2017 they worked as a socio-cultural worker at Gemeenschapscentrum De Kriekelaar in Schaarbeek, Brussels. Since 2017 Elvira has taken up the role as assessor of Erasmus+ youth projects for the national agency JINT. Elvira is part of Apaya Network, a European network of young researchers who explore the poetics of sensorial theatre. Furthermore they are an organising member of the interuniversity doctoral course “What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century Academia?” and from 2018-2020 co-president of the informal body of doctoral students of the department of literature.

    In 2022-2023, Elvira coordinates together with Marieke Breyne the community of practice 'Worldmaking: Crafting Cultures With and For Young People', funded by Erasmus+ Youth in Action (JINT vzw). This interdisciplinary project gathers practitioners from participatory arts, arts educators, and social justice to explore the interplay between rules and values in the process of worldmaking. Project partners: Destelheide (BE), De Veerman (BE), spatie/Katrien Oosterlinck (BE), Coney/The Young Coneys (UK), The Advocacy Academy (UK), Art of Listening (DK), Keur Eskemm (FR).

    CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS

    • Crois, Elvira (2020) 'Researcher as Resource: Participatory Methodology and Fair Practice' Creative dialogue facilitated at Intersections Conference 2020, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London 24 January 2020.
    • Crois, Elvira (2019) 'Politics of participatory aesthetics: prototyping social relationships in performing arts' Presented at 14th NOFOD (Nordic Forum for Dance Research) Conference: Practice, Participation and Politics, Uniarts Helsinki, Helsinki 12 June 2019-16 June 2019.
    • Crois, Elvira (2019) 'In Dissensus, We Trust: Prototyping Social Relationships in Participatory Theatre' Presented at International Conference “Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies”, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao 23 May 2019-24 May 2019.
    • Crois, Elvira & Oosterlinck, Katrien (2018) 'Shifting Spaces' Presented at International Colloquium Performing Intimacy, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, 4 October 2018-6 October 2018.

    PUBLICATIONS

    • Crois, Elvira (2022) 'A Queer Curation of Audience Participation' Peripeti 19(35): 83-96
    • Crois, Elvira (2020) 'Responsible combodying: the intelligence of discomfort in guiding interactive performance' Research in Drama Education 25(3): 405-421
    • Crois, Elvira (2019) 'Bearing Collective Learning Processes: An Inquiry into Commoning Knowledge' In B. Custers, L. Marin, J. Masschelein, H. Schildermans, M. Simons, J. Vlieghe & G. H. Kuen Wong (Eds.) Reclaiming Study Practices. Paper presented at Reclaiming Study Practices. Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference, KU leuven, Leuven, 18-20 September 2019 (pp. 69-73).
    • Crois, Elvira (2019) 'In Dissensus, We Trust: Prototyping Social Relationships in Participatory Theatre' In B. Tejerina, C. Miranda de Almeida & I. Perugorría (Eds.) Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies. Paper presented at Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Bilbao, 23-24 May 2019 (pp. 320-331).Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)
    • Crois, Elvira (2015) ‘Een leven pellen als een artisjok. Sensitief theater en presence’ Documenta 33(1): 53-75
    • Crois, Elvira; Crombez, Thomas; de Smet, Sofie; Hendrickx, Sébastien; Stalpaert, Christel; Van Baarle, Kristof; Vermeulen, Pieter (2015) ‘Voorbij de kroniek. Over het belang van theatertijdschriften.’ Documenta 33(2): 10-32
  • Disciplines  (University of Antwerp):Group and interpersonal processes, Cultural participation, Informal learning, Methodology of pedagogical and educational research, Mesolevel instructional sciences, Microlevel instructional sciences, Vocational education, professional training, lifelong learning, Anthropological theory, Sociology of arts, Group and interpersonal relations, Sociological methodology and research methods, Interpersonal communication, Poetics, Performance studies, Theatre science, Design for performance, Choreography, Circus, Dramaturgy, Performance, Theatre, Theatre techniques, Social and relation art, Human-centered design
  • Disciplines  (Vrije Universiteit Brussel):General and logistic services
  • Users of research expertise  (Vrije Universiteit Brussel):

    Elvira Crois is a postdoctoral researcher in arts education at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and theatre studies at University of Antwerp. After completing a doctoral thesis on aesthetics of audience participation and performer training for participatory performance, their research continues to explore participatory arts and its potential for social change and social justice via playful, affective, and sensorial strategies of worldmaking.

    In 2022, Elvira defended their doctoral thesis ‘Holding [ a Conversation with ] the Situation. The Performer’s Tactical Ability and the Aesthetic Affect of Audience Participation’. The research inquired into performer training to better understand how the performer's craft affects the aesthetics of audience participation. Through an accompanying approach (i.e. a participatory research method) and the theoretical framework of theatre genetics (i.e. the study of the creative process-, the project looks into interactive and participatory performing arts, including the work of Katrien Oosterlinck (BE) (www.spatie.info), Seppe Baeyens (BE) (leon.dance) and Sarah John (AU/DK) (art-of-listening.org).

    Elvira Crois holds an MA degree in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Antwerp. From 2015-2017 they worked as a socio-cultural worker at Gemeenschapscentrum De Kriekelaar in Schaarbeek, Brussels. Since 2017 Elvira has taken up the role as assessor of Erasmus+ youth projects for the national agency JINT. Elvira is part of Apaya Network, a European network of young researchers who explore the poetics of sensorial theatre. Furthermore they are an organising member of the interuniversity doctoral course “What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century Academia?” and from 2018-2020 co-president of the informal body of doctoral students of the department of literature.

    In 2022-2023, Elvira coordinates together with Marieke Breyne the community of practice 'Worldmaking: Crafting Cultures With and For Young People', funded by Erasmus+ Youth in Action (JINT vzw). This interdisciplinary project gathers practitioners from participatory arts, arts educators, and social justice to explore the interplay between rules and values in the process of worldmaking. Project partners: Destelheide (BE), De Veerman (BE), spatie/Katrien Oosterlinck (BE), Coney/The Young Coneys (UK), The Advocacy Academy (UK), Art of Listening (DK), Keur Eskemm (FR).

    CONFERENCE CONTRIBUTIONS

    • Crois, Elvira (2020) 'Researcher as Resource: Participatory Methodology and Fair Practice' Creative dialogue facilitated at Intersections Conference 2020, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London 24 January 2020.
    • Crois, Elvira (2019) 'Politics of participatory aesthetics: prototyping social relationships in performing arts' Presented at 14th NOFOD (Nordic Forum for Dance Research) Conference: Practice, Participation and Politics, Uniarts Helsinki, Helsinki 12 June 2019-16 June 2019.
    • Crois, Elvira (2019) 'In Dissensus, We Trust: Prototyping Social Relationships in Participatory Theatre' Presented at International Conference “Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies”, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao 23 May 2019-24 May 2019.
    • Crois, Elvira & Oosterlinck, Katrien (2018) 'Shifting Spaces' Presented at International Colloquium Performing Intimacy, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, 4 October 2018-6 October 2018.

    PUBLICATIONS

    • Crois, Elvira (2022) 'A Queer Curation of Audience Participation' Peripeti 19(35): 83-96
    • Crois, Elvira (2020) 'Responsible combodying: the intelligence of discomfort in guiding interactive performance' Research in Drama Education 25(3): 405-421
    • Crois, Elvira (2019) 'Bearing Collective Learning Processes: An Inquiry into Commoning Knowledge' In B. Custers, L. Marin, J. Masschelein, H. Schildermans, M. Simons, J. Vlieghe & G. H. Kuen Wong (Eds.) Reclaiming Study Practices. Paper presented at Reclaiming Study Practices. Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference, KU leuven, Leuven, 18-20 September 2019 (pp. 69-73).
    • Crois, Elvira (2019) 'In Dissensus, We Trust: Prototyping Social Relationships in Participatory Theatre' In B. Tejerina, C. Miranda de Almeida & I. Perugorría (Eds.) Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies. Paper presented at Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Bilbao, 23-24 May 2019 (pp. 320-331).Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)
    • Crois, Elvira (2015) ‘Een leven pellen als een artisjok. Sensitief theater en presence’ Documenta 33(1): 53-75
    • Crois, Elvira; Crombez, Thomas; de Smet, Sofie; Hendrickx, Sébastien; Stalpaert, Christel; Van Baarle, Kristof; Vermeulen, Pieter (2015) ‘Voorbij de kroniek. Over het belang van theatertijdschriften.’ Documenta 33(2): 10-32