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Asian Performance and Diaspora Working Group

The aim of this working group is to research, promote and disseminate contemporary Asian performance and diaspora studies to highlight the historical and contemporary scholarship in the area. We also aim to encourage critical debates on the contemporary artistic practices of Asia and a thorough re-evaluation of the current understanding of its conceptual and practical…

Performance and Science

This working group aims to consolidate, develop and serve a community of performance scholars and practitioners who engage with scientific disciplines.  We aim to take stock of the contemporary moment in terms of science-engaged performance practices and research – which includes consideration of historical practices. Both ‘performance’ and ‘science’ are defined inclusively. ‘Performance’ may include theatre, dance,…

Applied and Social Theatre

This working group is concerned with the application of drama and theatre to community, educational and therapeutic settings. Interest in the efficacy of theatre-making in such contexts has grown in the last twenty years, raising new questions about the role of universities in shaping social policy and in the wider community. The working group was…

Performer Training

The Performer Training Working Group has been meeting for eight years and has produced several collaborative outputs, including a chapter on Research Methods for the Laboratory and a thrice-yearly Journal dedicated to Training in all its manifestations. We welcome submissions for our conference gatherings and interim events that deal with the processes, practices and theories…

Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group

Originally founded by the late David Bradby under the name of “Directors/Collectives”, our working group changed its name in 2010 in order to reflect our members’ widespread interests. These now encompass a range of contemporary theatre, dance and performance practice across all genres. We continue to pursue the group’s original ambition to explore artistic work…

Documenting Performance Working Group

TaPRA’s Documenting Performance Working Group became active after the 2010 annual conference in Cardiff, in an effort to rekindle interest in the area originally covered by a short-lived working group with a similar name. The first activity of the group was a full-day symposium on the theme Documenting Performance: Exploring The Problems, which took place…

Performance and New Technologies Working Group

This working group considers the ways in which new and emergent technologies bear upon contemporary theatre and performance practices. The group’s work inevitably concerns digital technologies, although its focus is not limited to a single technological paradigm. Members of the group share research into Particular technological developments Particular applications of new or emergent technologies in…

Performance and the Body

The value of performance and the performance of value are longstanding concerns in scholarship, professional practice, and civil society. Ideas raised at the conference included: Conceiving cultural value. How might performance be understood to create value within wider cultural, political, ethical and historical contexts? Producing cultural value. If cultural value is understood as something that…

Performance, Identity & Community Working Group

The relationships between performance, identity and community are of significant critical concern in theatre and performance studies. This working group explores the ways performance can allow constituencies of interest to be realised and to gain social efficacy. The group understands that each of our three key terms is complex, and that the terms and consequences…

Popular Performance

The group is committed to the investigation of all modes of popular performance. It is however primarily concerned with forms that are rooted in the present moment, that are performed in the first person and that directly connect with an audience. As such stand-up comedy, music hall, variety theatre, cabaret, clowning, magic, spoken word, performance…

Scenography

Current interests of the group include: Scenography and technology The performing object The performance of light Computer modelling and the scenographic proces The aesthetic dimension of contemporary drama Languages of discourse for sound in performance The limits of representation Scenography and spectatorship Scenography and identity Live art Architecture and performance Site-specific practice Documenting the processes…

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