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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 year’s conference will take place at the University of Worcester, 8-10 September 2015.

This working group’s focus is to provide a platform for researchers to share their works-in-progress or finished projects with others working on similar studies. Papers, presentations and provocations are all welcome. Researchers from any discipline background are welcome to participate if their topic connects with the problems and potentials of documenting the live and performing arts, and particularly in response to the following points:

  • Documenting performance in the context of digital curation.
  • Documenting performance to generate research material / source material / inspiration for new work.
  • Significant properties: determining selection of the key aspects of live performance for documenting.
  • The failure/s of documenting performance.
  • Making and/or documenting performance: an historically uncomfortable dialectic.

As documenting becomes ubiquitous in the contemporary processes of creating, promoting, experiencing and critiquing performance and live arts, we have seen a shift from debates around its validity as a form of access to live work, to a growing acceptance of documenting processes as useful skills and practices regularly employed in contemporary performance-making and research. But what happens when we fail to document, either deliberately or by accident? What constitutes failure? Which creative strategies can come into play if we fail to document? How do we choose what is significant to document, and what are the creative possibilities for documenting as part of the creative process?

Please send a short description (up to 300 words) for your 15-20 minute presentation / paper or 1-hour workshop along with your technical requirements and a short bio (100 words) by **17 April 2015** to the working group convenors: Toni Sant and Laura Molloy at

For TaPRA 2015 the Working Groups Performance and New Technologies and Performance and Documentation will be coming together to share relevant contributions in a joint panel.

Only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2015 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. If your paper has been accepted, yet you have not registered for the Conference by the final registration deadline in August, we will deem you no longer intend to participate and present at TaPRA 2015.

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