Performance of Absence in Theatre, Performance and Visual Art 

Sylwia Dobkowska


This research project investigates the concepts of absence across the disciplines of visual art, theatre, and performance. Absence in the centre of an ideology frees the reader from the dominant meaning. The research encourages active engagement with theatre theory and performances. Reconsideration of theories and experiences changes the way we engage with performances, as well as social relations and traditions outside of theatre. I examine and theorize absence and presence through theatre, performance, and visual arts practices.  


Sylwia Dobkowska is Lecturer in Theatre Studies at University of Gdańsk, Poland, where she teaches intercultural theatre, contemporary performance, and critical theory. She researches visual representations of language in the form of theatre, performance and art. She co-edited Justitia: Multidisciplinary Readings of the Work of the Jasmin Vardimon Company