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Karla is currently involved in an ongoing research project entitled 'Beyond'. Born from her PhD research into performance consciousness back in 2005, Karla has been developing the practice of 'Beyond' since 2011. 'Beyond' is a cutting-edge proposal for new practice which is concerned with truth, authenticity, self, being and going beyond what you thought physically, vocally and emotionally possible. The choreographic process involves the performers accessing real experiences which are stored in glass jars (metaphorically). Live in the performance, the performers decide which jars they will share with the audience, the order in which they appear and how long each one will last - meaning that every performance is utterly unique, completely live and very exciting. 'Beyond' is a practice which holds at its very heart, the performer, the audience and their consciousness and is receiving much international critical acclaim from performers and academics alike.

So far the research outcomes have included a new performance work which toured the UK, Czech Republic and Netherlands in spring 2011; a large-scale immersive performance event in an unused building in Bristol in spring 2012; two new papers which Karla presented at the International Conference of Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts in 2011 and 2013; a series of new masterclasses which Karla has delivered across Europe. Karla Shacklock Company is currently applying the practice in the new touring work 'The Crutch' and 'The Happiness'.

You can experience the practice for yourself by attending a company masterclass or residency (see workshops page).

A full description of the practice can be found in Karla's recent publications.


A chapter in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts Shacklock, K. (2013) Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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A chapter in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and Arts Shacklock, K. (2012) Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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Shacklock, K. (2010) Lambert Academic Publishing.
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A chapter in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts Shacklock. K. (2006) Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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Shacklock, K. (2005) UK: Liquid Press On the "Altered States - Transformations of Perceptions, Place and Performance" DVD


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