List of works by Fiona Templeton

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L’Ile (The Island)

                   A large-scale site-specific theatre game recreating the dreams of the people

Commissioned for the opening of Lille Capitale Culturelle Europeenne 2004
December 12-21, 2003, dawn and dusk.


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The Medead

                  An epic of the life of Medea.

In preparation – see upcoming development showings on The Medead page


go to The Medead.htm

YOU--The City

                 An intimate city-wide play for an audience of one.

New York 1988. Text with photographs and production notes published by Roof Books. Videotape of film also available.

Recreated in
London, Ljubljana, Den Haag, Zurich, Munich.  Recreated in Rotterdam for the Cultural Capital of Europe Festival 2001.


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A performance work with Fiona Templeton live in dialogue with video footage of her late collaborator Michael Ratomski. About acting and absence, fiction and mortality.

Premiered at The Kitchen, New York 1996. Published in Salt magazine, Fremantle, Australia; and in PAJ, fall 2001. Read online at PAJ:

Discussed in: "Resisting Memorialization", interview by Andrew Quick, Performance Research journal, Vol 5, 2000; "Ventriloquism: Kantor, Templeton and the Voices of the Dead", Eleanor Margolies, NTQ, 2000.


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Cells of Release

A poetry installation written onsite, one cell per day over 6 weeks in an abandoned prison.

Philadelphia 1995. Text with photographs and afterword published by Roof Books.

Read a page online at Cambridge Conference on Contemporary Poetry - Archive:


go to Cells of Release.htm

Delirium of Interpretations

An anti-biographical play about the phenomenon of biography and the predicament of Camille Claudel.

Commissioned by Theatre Cocteau-Basel, Switzerland, 1991. Text with photographs of Claudel sculptures, and directing notes, published by Green Integer Books.


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Elements of Performance Art

A republication of this seminal 1970s theory and textbook co-written by Anthony Howell and Fiona Templeton of the Theatre of Mistakes, London.



oops the join

A series of poems written for drawings by Siobhan Liddell. Published by rempress, Cambridge, England.



Hi Cowboy

A series of poems with drawings by Joseph Nechvatal. Published by Mainstream (SubVoicive), London.


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A long-term multiple work-in-progress (see bio). Sections published in Sound&Language 1 (UK), Writing (Vancouver) and in Conjunctions 20 (New York).


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Shattered Anatomies: Traces of the Body in Performance

edited by Adrian Heathfield with Fiona Templeton and Andrew Quick. Published by Arnolfini Live and The Arts Council of England.

In Anthologies

Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women ed. Mary Margaret Sloan. Talisman Books, NJ

Out Of Everywhere: An anthology of contemporary linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America & the UK ed. & with an introduction by Maggie OíSullivan; afterword by Wendy Mulford. Reality Street editions, London

Out From Under: Texts by Women Performance Artists: ed. Lenora Champagne, TCG, New York

Gertrude Stein Awards Annuals 93-4, & 94-5, Sun & Moon, L.A.

From the Other Side of the Century Sun & Moon Press Poetry Anthology, L.A. 94

The Art of Practice: 45 contemporary poets Potes & Poets, Hartford 94


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Critical notes/articles on Fiona Templeton online:

Or see books (selected bibliography – some journals under relevant work):

On Edge: Performance at the End of the Century. C. Carr. Hanover, N. H.: Wesleyan University Press, 1993.

Redell Olsen: Robert Smithson’s Site/Non-Site in Carla Harryman, Bernadette Mayer and Fiona Templeton, in Additional Apparitions: Poetry, Performance & Site Specificity, eds. David Kennedy & Keith Tuma, 2002 - order online at

Susan Vanderborg, in The World in Time and Space: Toward a History of Innovative American Poetry, 1970-2000, Talisman 2000

feature in Chloroform Ed. Nick Lawrence and Alisa Messer, Amherst: GSA, 1997, including: "Accidents Would Happen" an interview with Fiona Templeton, "Afterword", for Chloroform by Fiona Templeton; "Corpsed Genres" by Jena Osman, "Notes in Response to YOU: The City", by Abby Coykendal


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