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LADA publishes and co-publishes books, films and Artist’s Editions. We feature some of the most provocative ideas and practitioners working in Live Art, and pioneer research by thinkers in the field.  

LADA Publishing

The books, films and artists’ editions published and co-published by LADA feature some of the most provocative ideas and practitioners working in Live Art, and pioneering research by thinkers in the field.  

As well as partnering with major publishers on key titles, we publish our own books and editioned artworks and collaborate with artists working on independent publications.

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Anne Bean's face edited into several squares with the text Self Etc. in the centre Anne Bean: Self Etc.

Latest publications

Dee Jumbie Dance: A Resurrection

A lost dance. A lost show. A story. Dee Jumbie Dance: A Resurrection is based on Jamal Gerald’s work and research for JUMBIE, a performance aiming to resurrect the Jumbie dance of the Caribbean island of Montserrat.

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Unframing Photography: Performing the Image to See Otherwise

Unframing Photography: Performing the image to see otherwise comprises a culmination of the titular multifaceted project that was initiated by the urgency to reconsider the medium of photography as a technology of visuality.

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Devising Theatre and Performance: Curious Methods

A treasure-trove of performance exercises that will be invaluable to performance-makers, educators and students as they develop their creative practice.

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Bodies of Knowledge

Three discrete commissions using performance and experimental documentary to explore the body as a site for the production and retention of knowledge.  

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Common Salt

Common Salt was a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’ by artists Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer. It explored the colonial, geographical and natural history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel.  

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Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles

Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles is a book of intergenerational dialogue between artists, scholars and activists about what it means to transfer the skills, ideas and mysteries of performance through pandemic and crises.

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A Good Love Story

A good love story shouldn’t have too many words. This one gets to the point as directly as possible. It turns “me too” into sex-positive empowerment and dark comedy, whilst talking about contemporary Live Art, genderfluidity, online dating, polyamory and its pitfalls.  It is a feminist celebration of love and the attempt to escape from sexism, ageism and racism by pitching them all against each other and leaving the party with the sweetest guy of all.  

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In Other Words

Through prose, poetry, drawing and photography In Other Words is a collection of urgent reflections, created by artists exploring their hopes and fears at a time of global crisis.  It is a clarion call for change from a group rich in wisdom, shared experience, and what it means to be marginalised in the UK in 2020.  

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‘A handsome and imposing volume, demanding proper room on one’s bookshelf just as much as the artworks it concerns demand their place in histories of performance and art.’
Contemporary Theatre Review on Out of Now: The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh

Intellect Live

In 2013, LADA and Intellect Books launched Intellect Live, a new series of publications on influential artists working at the edges of performance. The series is characterized by lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed books, created through close collaborations between artists and writers, each of which is the first substantial publication dedicated to an artists’ world.

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The cover of the Untitled (Bodies) book of Kira O'Reilly nude falling from a red carpeted staircase Kira O’Reilly: Untitled (Bodies)

Banner image credit: ONE YEAR PERFORMANCE 1978 - 1979 (Cage Piece), Tehching Hsieh. LADA Publishing: Out of Now, The Lifeworks of Teching Hsieh, Ed. Adrian Heathfield, 2009.