Deadline: Thursday 13 April 2017
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 audiences no longer necessarily share the same location as performers, the screen still provides a sense of intimacy and acknowledgement as a result of direct address. The very nature of popular performance means it is an enticing medium for producers set to capitalise from a performer, act or success story. Television and YouTube can bring popular performance to wide audiences, but how and why is the local translated in these cases? How do acts change and evolve as a result of the local/global relationship and what role do economics, branding and management play here? At this year’s conference, the Popular Performance Working Group seeks to explore the relationship between localisation, commercialism and globalisation across all popular performance forms and welcomes proposals for standard twenty minute papers, as well as different presentation formats, including short performances that represent the breadth of current research and practice in the field of popular performance. We are particularly interested in proposals that address:
Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for a TaPRA event. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Participation. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the event; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the event venue.