Micia de Wet is a performing artist, choreographer, writer, director and educator from South Africa currently undertaking her PhD at Coventry University's Centre for Dance Research. Her independent stage works have been performed in South Africa and abroad. She has collaborated with various notable South African artists, choreographers, and writers. She has lectured at both public and private universities in South Africa. Micia is focused on somatic approaches to acting and performance and specialised in physical theatre. She holds an MA Drama Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria.
Somatic practice, live performance, Practice-as-research, physical theatre, intuition, Postdramatic theatre.
My PhD project explores how intuition may be trained as a biological system to be used in physical theatre performance in order for a performer to engage with their emotions and decision-making.
My MA Drama thesis (2017) was a practice-based-research investigation that explored how a radical re-interpretation of Sam Shepard's A lie of the mind (1986) would destabilise the victim / perpetrator binary between the two protogonist characters, Beth and Jake. It explored and utilised Antonin Artaud's notion of The Absolute within Theatre of Cruetly, and created a contextual framework by using René Girard's notions of violence, vengeance, victimisation, and scapegoating. This study was done at The University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa under the supervision of Prof. Marié-Heleen Coetzee and Dr. Chris Broodryk.
I am interested in creating work that is socially and politcally relevant in both the way I engage and the content I address. I strive for ethical and inclusive practice and research. It is important to me as both a researcher and practitioner to leave spaces (literal and metaphorical) slightly better than I found them.
Drama , MA, University of Pretoria
30 Jan 2015 → 30 Apr 2017
Award Date: 17 May 2017