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National Review of Live Art Reviews Database

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This collection consists of an online database of Live Art Performances which can be searched by performance type, artist, title, year or country of origin.

The NRLA owes its origins to a one-day event called simply the Performance Platform, which was organised by Steve Rogers at Nottingham's Midland Group Arts Centre in 1979. After a further Platform in 1980, the event grew into a larger, annual festival of live art which usually lasted four or five days. These were held at the Midland Group until 1987, when the NRLA, under the direction of Nikki Milican since 1984, moved to London's Riverside Studios. This was the beginning of a more peripatetic existence: in 1988 - 1990 the Review took place at Glasgow's Third Eye Centre (now the Centre for Contemporary Arts); after a two year hiatus, it returned to London in 1993, to the ICA, and to Glasgow (at The Arches) in 1994.

In 1996 the largest ever NRLA was mounted over eleven days in Glasgow with the collaboration of The Arches, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Tramway, the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art. Platform performances, some invited and commissioned performances, installations and video installations were presented at The Arches, while various performances, talks and workshops took place at the other venues. The decision was also taken then to turn the Review into a biennial event and the next one took place in Glasgow in October 1998. The most recent edition of the Review was in February 2007 at the Tramway in Glasgow.

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