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TaPRA 2017 Conference

University of Salford:
Wednesday 30th August – Friday 1st September 2017

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Call for Contributions

The deadline for the submission of proposals is Thursday 13 April 2017.
Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2017 Conference. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Papers. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the conference; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the conference venue. 

TaPRA Gallery
As part of the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) 2017 conference, we invite proposals to exhibit audiovisual, digital and analogue documentation of PAR projects across theatre and performance disciplines for the TaPRA Gallery hosted by the University of Salford’s Practice as Research Centre of Excellence, at the New Adelphi Studio (30 August – 1…
Applied and Social Theatre : Generation and Regeneration
In our first conference as convenors, we would like to focus on the theme of generation(s) and (re)generation in applied and social theatre. Previous conferences and events have addressed: health and wellbeing; heroism; craft; aesthetics; histories and geographies; impact; value; slowness; practice (as) research; age(s) and ageing. We would like to move the debate a…
Asian Performance and Diaspora : Practice as Methodology in/and Asian Performance
The intimate relationship between theory and practice continues to be one of the central concerns of Asian performance. Concepts, theories and techniques in Asian performance, to a great extent, demonstrate the interlocking mechanism between practice and practice-based knowledge. Within the field of Asian performance, knowledge becomes knowledge only when it is connected to embodied practice.…
Directing and Dramaturgy : Interval
Intervals, gaps, breaks, ellipses, caesuras, pauses, syncopes… Live performance can very literally have an interval. In addition, in our modern world of hyper-acceleration, Jonathan Crary calls for a state of being suspended, or an interval: ‘a looking or listening so rapt that it is an exemption from ordinary conditions … a hovering out of time.’…
Documenting Performance : Migration and Documentation
Questions of migration are among the most contested in contemporary culture. In the current political climate, investigating the performative role of the document in controlling the movement of bodies across borders has particular urgency. The troubled status of documentation as identification affects performances of self at the most intimate levels, producing vulnerability and precariousness in…
Performance and the Body : Performance, Politics, Populism
A range of political and social events in 2016 marked a significant geopolitical watershed as a result of the rise of global populism, as demonstrated by India, Turkey, USA, UK and Sweden, for example. This resulted in and was equally influenced by new kinds of mediascapes that are shaping emerging attitudes to truth, evidence and…
Performance, Identity and Community : Frames of Legibility
Representation is not so much institutionalised as performed. (Rai and Reinelt, 2015: 12-13) The Performance, Identity and Community Working Group invites contributions responding to the imbrication, mediation and subversion of knowledge, meaning and appearance. Building on the group’s ongoing discussions around disobedience, willfulness, dissonance and collective agency, this year we turn to legibility and representation…
Performance and New Technologies : Analogue-Digital-Postdigital Performance Practices
Drawing on notions such as the ‘off-internet’, ‘neo-analogue’, post-internet and postdigital, David Berry and Michael Dieter argue that we are shifting from ‘an earlier moment driven by an almost obsessive fascination and enthusiasm with new media to a broader set of affectations that now includes unease, fatigue, boredom and disillusionment’ (2015: 5). Matthew Causey uses…
Performance and Science : Performance and the Laboratory
The science laboratory is the place of experiment, of data collection and collation, of breaking new ground and making new discoveries, and of testing, refuting, evidencing and progressing ideas, technologies and disciplines. It’s thought to be the site of ingenuity, creativity and curiosity, in positive and negative terms. It’s imagined as both controlled and unfettered,…
Performer Training : The End of Training
The Performer Training Working Group has been meeting for twelve years and has produced several collaborative outputs, including a variety of contributions to the thrice-yearly journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, dedicated to training in all its manifestations, and the associated blog http://theatredanceperformancetraining.org. The working group co-convenors are delighted to issue a call for contributions…
Popular Performance : Localisation, commercialism and globalisation
Popular Performance thrives on the performer/audience relationship. Whether on stage in a pub or club, improvising in the street or performing at the London Palladium, local references, be they textual, visual or aural, are an important aspect of popular performance and help create a sense of a shared community. Whilst the advent of social media means…
Scenography : Scenography and The Body: Movement, Gesture, Sensation
The Scenography Working Group invites proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the annual TaPRA conference in Salford in September 2017. This year’s meeting will focus on questions around the body: movement, gesture and the sensory experience in scenographic practice. In June 2016 an experiment at Sadlers Wells, introduced scenographic elements of dance performance, without the…
Theatre History and Historiography : Industry Professionals/Professional Industry
In the introduction to Performing Environments: Site-Specificity in Medieval and Early Modern English Drama, Susan Bennett and Mary Polito begin by calling for a more expansive history of seventeenth century drama, theatre and performance. They acknowledge why urban, usually London sites and performances have so often been the priority for theatre historians, as permanent playing…
Theatre, Performance and Philosophy : Call for Contributions
The co-convenors are delighted to issue a call for papers for the forthcoming conference at the University of Salford in September on any topic exploring the relation of theatre, dance or performance to philosophy. The working group’s mission is to encourage interdisciplinary debates addressing any aspect of philosophical research into the area of theatre and…

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