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Tragedy and the Contemporary

Citizens Theatre 119 Gorbals Street – Glasgow Saturday 7 May 2016 PLEASE CONFIRM ATTENDANCE BY MONDAY 4 APRIL TO Clare Finburgh: c.finburgh@kent.ac.uk Sam Haddow: jsfh@st-andrews.ac.uk Guest Speakers: Zinnie Harris (playwright), Dominic Hill (artistic director, Citizens Theatre Glasgow), David Greig (playwright), Graham McLaren (director), Graham Eatough (director), Mark Brown (critic). The Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group…

Performer Training Working Group : Speech and Text in Performer Training

The Performer Training Working Group has been meeting for eleven 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. Konstantinos, Maria and Tom, the working group co-convenors, are delighted to issue…

Performance, Identity and Community Working Group : Leave Me Out Of It: Communities and Outsiders in Theatre and Performance

Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Jeremy Corbyn are outside horses. ‘Bunches’ of migrants sit outside in communities on the borders of other communities. Theatre departments perch on the ‘soft’ periphery of Universities like polar bears on an academic ice cap. The participatory turn in contemporary culture suggests a general will to include and be included.…

Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group: Tragedy and the Dramaturgy of Ruins 

Following the Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group’s Interim Event at the Citizens Theatre Glasgow on the theme of Tragedy and the Contemporary, we are happy to present Tragedy and the Dramaturgy of Ruins as the focus for the main TaPRA conference. The conceited man With his lofty scheme Ruins himself And everybody near him (Aeschylus, The…

Documenting Performance Working Group :Call for Contributors – Intransigence & Sensibility: the Work of Documentation

To document performance or to engage with its associated objects is to work with particular economies of sensibility. An economy is not only a system of production and consumption but also a means of administrating and organising the material resources of a community or discipline. Performance documents require labour in order to accomplish the various…

Scenography Working Group : Scenography and Borders: Practice, Place and Politics

The Scenography Working Group invites proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the annual TaPRA conference in Bristol in September 2016. This year’s meeting will focus on questions around the importance of place and national identity in scenography, current international politics around borders and migration, and the question of disciplinary borders in relation to scenography. At…

Body and Performance Working Group : Borders, Bodies, Boundaries

We are at a moment in global, social and cultural history when popular and political discourses are in plural ways concerned with interrogating, reconfiguring and redefining understandings of borders and boundaries. In all aspects these debates centre on questions of bodies and the body. For example: the EU as a political body; the bodies of…

Performance and New Technologies Working Group : Performing the Quantified Self: Authorship, Ownership and Autobiography in the era of Big Data

Call Deadline: 18 April 2016 Questions of privacy and access drive current debates around big data gathering, information mining and the re-appropriation and commodification of virtual entities, posing practical and ethical concerns around authorship, ownership and identity. Social networks occupy a central position in our daily lives, circulating knowledge and fostering innovation; but they are also…

History and Historiography Working Group : Experience as Evidence in Theatre History and Historiography

The issue of experience as evidence in historical writing has been the subject of vigorous debate since Joan Scott’s article of 1991, in which she asserted that ‘experience is not the origin of our explanation, but that which we want to explain’. Scott interrogated historical accounts in which experience – presented as a straightforward reflection…

Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group : Call for Papers 

The co-convenors are delighted to issue a call for papers for the forthcoming conference at the University of Bristol 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…

Call for Papers: Tragedy and the Contemporary

Tragedy and the Contemporary   Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Saturday 7 May 2016   Guest Speakers: Zinnie Harris, Dominic Hill, David Greig, Graham Eatough, Graham McLaren, Mark Brown.   Call for Papers The TaPRA Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group is hosting an interim event around This Restless House, Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Aeschylus’s Oresteia, directed by Dominic Hill at the Citizens Theatre Glasgow. This one-day…

Popular Performance Working Group : Call for Papers

Popular Performance Working Group TAPRA Annual Conference 2015, University of Worcester Call for Papers Risk and survival are two central principals to all forms of popular performance. From death defying stunts performed by circus artistes to risqué material delivered by comedians, performers are required to make judgement calls about how far they can push themselves, their…

Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group : Call for Papers

The TaPRA 2015 Conference: Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group Call for Papers University of Worcester: 8-10 September 2015 The co-convenors are delighted to issue a call for papers for the forthcoming conference at the University of Worcester in September on any topic exploring the relation of theatre, dance or performance to philosophy. The working…

TaPRA Scenography Working Group : After Affect: The Scenographic Construction of Affective Environments

Call for Papers, TaPRA Annual Conference 2015 TaPRA Scenography Working Group After Affect: The Scenographic Construction of Affective Environments  “Affect arises in the midst of in-between-ness: in the capacities to act and be acted upon. Affect is an impingement or extrusion of a momentary or sometimes more sustained state of relations as well as the…

TaPRA Performer Training Working Group : The Temporal Turn – time, age and performer training.

Call for participation: TaPRA Performer Training Working Group The 11th Annual TaPRA Conference will be co-hosted by University of Worcester, UK from 8th to 10th September 2015. For more information please see: http://www.tapra.org/ The Performer Training Working Group has been meeting for ten years and has produced several collaborative outputs, including a chapter on Research Methods…

Performance and the Body Working Group : Bodies as/of Evidence

Call for Papers: Performance and the Body Working Group TaPRA 2015: University of Worcester; 8-10 September 2015 Bodies as/of Evidence The TaPRA Performance and the Body Working Group will this year consider the body as a site/object/conduit of evidence. What do bodies signal or yield in terms of data, motive, history etc.? How does attention…

Performance and New Technologies Working Group : Digital Memory and Techno-nostalgia: Remembering / Dismembering Performance

Call for Participation – TaPRA Performance and New Technologies Working Group 8-10 September 2015, University of Worcester   Digital Memory and Techno-nostalgia: Remembering / Dismembering Performance     Call Deadline: 17 April 2015   The ephemeral nature of live performance has always forced practitioners, critics and notaries to consider ways of committing performance to memory. The act…

Theatre History and Historiography Call for Papers: TaPRA 2015

The Theatre History and Historiography group is dedicated to the exploration and investigation of theatre history using the methodologies and approaches developed in recent years by the New Theatre Historiography movement. The purpose of this group is to discuss work in progress, closely analysing the ways in which evidence, documentation, interpretation, theory and speculation contribute…

TaPRA Documenting Performance Working Group : Call for Papers

11th Annual TaPRA Conference, hosted by the University of Worcester, 8-10 September 2015 Call for papers: TaPRA Documenting Performance Working Group Deadline 17 April 2015 This is a call from the Documenting Performance Working Group for papers, presentations and / or workshops for the annual conference of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). This…

Performance, Identity, Community Working Group : “Performing Freedom, Freedom Performed”

Call for Papers TaPRA 2015: Performance, Identity, Community Working Group Performing Freedom, Freedom Performed The late, great, Tony Benn asked five questions of power: What power have you got? How did you get it? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? How do we get rid of you? This year…

TaPRA Directing and Dramaturgy : ‘Performances of Labour: Endurance, Time’

Call for participation: TaPRA Directing and Dramaturgy TaPRA Conference at University of Worcester, September 2015 Group convenors: Jacqueline Bolton, University of Lincoln,  Kara Reilly, University of Exeter The Directing and Dramaturgy TaPRA Working Group is pleased to announce ‘Performances of Labour: Endurance, Time” as its theme for the annual TaPRA conference. Nicholas Ridout has pointed out…

Scenographic Things / Scenography Objects

The Trinity Long Room Hub 23 April 2015 Scenographic Things / Scenography Objects will be the first TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) event to be held outside the UK. It focuses on the interactions and disruptive possibilities of performing bodies and material objects in space. Bringing together a range of scholars and arts practitioners…

Call for participation: TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group

The co-convenors are delighted to issue a call for papers for the forthcoming conference at Royal Holloway in September on any topic relating theatre and / or performance to philosophy. The field of performance philosophy represents one of the most exciting developments in the area of theatre and performance scholarship today, and many of our…

Call for participation: TaPRA Performance, Identity, Community Working Group

TaPRA 2014 Call for Papers – Performance, Identity, Community: Stuart Hall and Performance In a return to first principles the Performance, Identity, and Community Working Group wish to re-evaluate what these terms may mean in the contemporary moment. Moved and inspired by the loss of Stuart Hall, we hope to use the TaPRA 2014 conference…

Call for participation: TaPRA Documenting Performance Working Group

Call for papers for TaPRA Working Group: Documenting Performance: deadline 30 April 2014 This is a call from the Documenting Performance working group for papers, presentations and / or workshops for the annual conference of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). This year’s conference will take place at Royal Holloway, University of London on…

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