Borderlands of Practice as Research – TaPRA Gallery Exhibition 4th-6th September 2019, University of Exeter

Deadline: May 31, 2019
  As part of the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference 2019, we welcome proposals to exhibit artworks and/or documentation arising from Practice as Research (PAR) projects in and across theatre and performance disciplines.   Selected audiovisual, digital, material or analogue works will be exhibited in a TaPRA Gallery hosted by the University of Exeter, 4th-6th September 2019. The exhibition will be curated by PhD researchers...

Hear Tell: Describing, Reporting, Narrating

Deadline: April 5, 2019
Venue: Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, London (13th May, 12-6pm) Call for Participation If you hear tell of an event, somebody relates it to you. Hear tell involves both a speaker and a listener, a performer and an audience. It represents an account communicated in speech of something that might have happened. Theatre and performance both involves and prompts such acts of hear telling, discussions, like those described by Joe Kelleher, ‘as to what was seen or heard tell of and what it...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Popular Performance WG CfP: Mask, Disguise, Persona

Deadline: April 16, 2019
  Mask, Disguise, Persona: Assumptions of Role and Identity in Popular Performance   Popular performance has often been the site of critical and creative tensions between the public (or social) role of the performer, and the mask or role through which s/he mediates their work.  This is often a playful tension, and may be characterised through flamboyant (Bowie/Ziggy Stardust), grotesque (bouffon/clown), or satiric (Rory Bremner) atmospheres, amongst others.  Alternatively,...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter: Performance and New Technologies CfP – Inclusive Intermedialities?: engagement, interaction and discomfort in technologically enabled performance practices

Deadline: April 16, 2019
Following on from discussions centring on the digital performer and social media in 2018, as well as an interim event this year exploring immersive and interactive technologies in live performance, the Performance and New Technologies working group seeks to extend and diversify these conversations at our meeting in Surrey. We are turning our attention specifically to what new modes of access, inclusion (and exclusion) are performed through contemporary practices engaging with new technologies,...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Documenting Performance WG CfP: Wayward Temporalities

Deadline: April 16, 2019
  Wayward Temporalities Over at least the last two decades, theatre and performance scholars have proposed alternative ways of considering how performances unfold across or between times through the performance document, and propelled a shift away from the terms of singular, originary events. While much of the debate in theatre and performance studies has been focused on ontological issues of representation (Phelan, 1993), liveness, presence, and immediacy, this working group invites...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Sound, Voice & Music WG CfP: Listening Across

Deadline: April 16, 2019
Listening is, unsurprisingly, a primary concern in the study of the aural and the sonic. Foundational texts of sound studies have proposed various taxonomies for understanding listening as both ontological and phenomenal: from Don Ihde’s phenomenology of listening and philosophy of sound (1973) to Michel Chion’s categorisation of listening modes as causal, semantic and reductive (1994) and Jean-Luc Nancy’s examination of listening as distinct to hearing (2007). More recent theorisations...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Performance, Identity and Community WG: Performance, Futurity and Progress

Deadline: April 16, 2019
‘Through the power of affect, usefully explored and even harnessed at the theater, perhaps progressives can once again persuade one another that a better world doesn’t have to be an out-of-reach ideal, but a process of civic engagement that brings it incrementally closer’ (Dolan 2005: 21) ‘…optimism is cruel when the object/scene that ignites a sense of possibility actually makes it impossible to attain the expansive transformation for which a person or a people risks...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Bodies and Performance Working Group CfP: Feeling Bad: Negative Affects, Performance, and Bodies

Deadline: April 16, 2019
Negative affects such as boredom, irritation, nausea, discomfort, sadness, grief, fear, pain, shame, doubt, jealousy and guilt are all-pervasive in contemporary life and culture. Cultural theorist Sianne Ngai contextualizes the “aesthetics of negative emotions” in the political economic situation of advanced capitalism (2005, p. 4). Such “ugly feelings”, she argues, might index larger anxieties and insecurities about one’s place and position. Citing Paolo Virno, Ngai suggests that...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter – Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group CfP: Dispossession: Agency, Ecology and Theatrical Reality

Deadline: April 16, 2019
  “Dispossession: Agency, Ecology and Theatrical Reality”     In Ursula Le Guin’s 1974 novel The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, children are educated to engage only with what interests others; the opposite is considered self-indulgence, condemned as “egoizing”. The disowning of any idea of the self is considered a virtue, as is the ability to speak the language of others. Le Guin’s novel fictionalises a common narrative in processes of 20th and early...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, History & Historiography WG CfP: ‘Industry Professionals/Professional Industry: European Legacies and Connections.’

Deadline: April 16, 2019
  TAPRA, University of Exeter, 4-6 September, 2019   History and Historiography Working Group   Industry Professionals/Professional Industry: European Legacies and Connections.   “I think there is a movement – and certainly Brexit was an expression of it – to deny our inter-dependence internationally, to deny our colonial history and the relationships and responsibility we have as a result, that is inevitably going to lead us to a bad...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Performer Training WG CfP: Exercise

Deadline: April 16, 2019
The Performer Training Working Group The Performer Training Working Group has been meeting for thirteen years and has produced several collaborative outputs, including a variety of contributions to the thrice-yearly journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT), dedicated to training in all its manifestations, and the associated blog, http://theatredanceperformancetraining.org. The Context Performer training is often conducted through and made up of ‘exercises’. These...

TAPRA 2019, Exeter, Performance and Science WG CfP

Deadline: April 16, 2019
We issue two calls for this year’s TAPRA conference: an open call inviting proposals that might help us map the vast terrain encompassed by ‘performance and science’; and a themed call for a joint session with the Bodies and Performance working group.  Both calls are intended as an initial scoping exercise for the Routledge Companion to Performance and Science, which is currently in development. We will consider proposals for the following formats:   Papers, including...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter / Applied and Social Theatre Working Group / CfP: Theorising Horizons of Possibilities, Openings, and Futures in Applied Theatre Practice

Deadline: April 16, 2019
TaPRA Applied and Social Theatre Working Group   Call for Papers   University of Exeter, 4th – 6th September 2019   WG convenors: Michael Carklin (University of South Wales), Kay Hepplewhite (Northumbria University), Matthew Jennings (Ulster University), Zoe Zontou (Liverpool Hope University)     Theorising Horizons of Possibilities, Openings, and Futures in Applied Theatre Practice   Our working group conference theme this year focuses on the themes...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Scenography WG CfP: Scenography and the staging of place

Deadline: April 16, 2019
The Scenography Working Group invites proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the annual TaPRA conference in Exeter in September 2019, on the theme of scenography and the staging of place. In both its theory and its practice, scenography traverses concrete and conceptual engagements with place. On the one hand, it is concerned with the aesthetic, material, and affective properties of objects, spaces, materials, and how these negotiate their relationships with their surroundings and their...

TaPRA 2019, Exeter, Directing & Dramaturgy WG CfP: On Strangeness

Deadline: April 16, 2019
  Directing & Dramaturgy Working Group, TaPRA (Theatre & Performance Research Association) Annual Conference: University of Exeter (4-6 Sept. 2019)   Call for Contributions: On Strangeness       Since its inception, theatre has been preoccupied with strangeness. Greek Tragedy’s obsession with the barbarian underpinned its interrogations of the boundaries determining what belongs in or out of the polis, and the age-old potency of...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, TaPRA Gallery: Call for Proposals

Deadline: April 30, 2018
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: TaPRA Gallery 5th-7th of September 2018 Aberystwyth University. As part of the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) 2018 conference, we invite proposals to exhibit documentation of PAR projects across theatre and performance disciplines for the TaPRA Gallery hosted by Aberystwyth University at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies). This year, the curators are creating a PAR ‘produce tent’ modelled on agricultural show...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Scenography WG, Call for papers: Scenography/Landscape

Deadline: April 20, 2018
The Scenography Working Group invites proposals for our forthcoming meeting at the annual TaPRA conference in Aberystwyth in September 2018. Inspired by the landscapes surrounding the site on which the conference will take place, this year’s Scenography Working Group will focus on the theme of landscape. What are scenographic landscapes? How does scenography interface with landscape as sites – rural and urban? What are the politics of place as location? How do representations of landscape...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Documenting Performance WG: Classes of Categories

Deadline: April 20, 2018
   Theatre and performance, as well as associated categories of visual art and broader modes of cultural encounter, are permeated by questions of ontology. Dilemmas of concept, classification, and relation sit at the core of our field of investigation, both practically and theoretically. In cultural theorist Sianne Ngai’s 2012 return to the problem of aesthetic categories, she proposes the minor, everyday and seemingly fleeting categories of the ‘zany’, the ‘cute’, and the...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Popular Performance WG: Crossing the Line: Boundaries, Borders and Beyond

Deadline: April 20, 2018
Crossing the Line: Boundaries, Borders and Beyond 2018 marks a number of important milestones: 50 years since the abolition of theatre censorship, the 250th anniversary of the founding of modern circus, the continuing momentum of the #MeToo movement and . . . Brexit. For TaPRA’s annual conference at the University of Aberystwyth (5-7 September 2018), the Popular Performance Working Group welcomes papers exploring self-imposed boundaries of taste, legal limits, inherited social...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Bodies and Performance WG: (Non)human worlds and worldings

Deadline: April 20, 2018
How do worlds perform upon bodies and how do bodies perform worlds? In its first usage, circa 1589, “to world” meant to populate or inhabit a place. In 1596, it more commonly came to mean “to bring a child into the world” (OED). Emerging at the end of the 16th century, in the early period of what we now, problematically, think of as “modernity”, we can discern worlding’s colonial implications. Entangled with the larger human conquest of a world of matter and objects is the...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Performance and Science WG: Performance, Science & the Visual

Deadline: April 20, 2018
Call for contributions: Performance and Science Working Group TaPRA 2018: 5-7 September 2018, University of Aberystwyth PERFORMANCE, SCIENCE & THE VISUAL Describing the interrelationship between theatre and science, Liliane Campos suggests that ‘one of the attractions of scientific theory is its potential to redefine, by similarity or contrast, the theatrical gaze’. She draws attention to how theatre and science are both ‘human activities defined by observation’ (p.298).  In...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Performance and New Technologies WG: The Digital Performer and Social Media

Deadline: April 20, 2018
TaPRA 2018 Conference, Aberystwyth University, 5-7 September 2018 Performance and New Technologies Working Group CFP: The Digital Performer and Social Media Following on from previous working group events and conversations, the aim of the 2018 call is to explore different modes of interaction and intimacy between performers, social media and audiences/participants as well as to investigate new strategies for performer training, rehearsing and performance documentation for the age of the...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Applied and Social Theatre WG: Theorising Openness, Risk and Vulnerability in Applied Theatre Practice

Deadline: April 20, 2018
TaPRA Applied and Social Theatre Working Group Call for Papers Aberystwyth University, 5th – 7th September 2018   Theorising Openness, Risk and Vulnerability in Applied Theatre Practice   Our working group conference theme this year focuses on ideas of ‘openness’, ‘risk’ and ‘vulnerability’, and the interconnections between them.  Building on last year’s events in which we explored Age(s) and Age(ing) in Applied and Social Theatre and ideas of Generation and...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Theatre, Performance and Philosophy WG: Dialectics of dread and refuge

Deadline: April 20, 2018
In A Grammar of the Multitude, Paolo Virno asks how we might overcome the twenty-first century’s crises of politics, the systematic paralysis into which political action is continually falling. He also asks how we might find refuge in a world characterized by ubiquitous fear, by the experience of ‘not feeling at home.’ What might strategies of unconditional refuge be in the face of failing security? What are the choreopolitical paths of disobedience? Virno points towards defection as a...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Performance, Identity and Community WG CFP: Anarchism, Optimism and Performance (5-7 September 2018)

Deadline: April 20, 2018
 Science, art, literature, the drama, the effort for economic betterment, in fact every individual and social opposition to the existing disorder of things, is illumined by the spiritual light of Anarchism. (Emma Goldman, ‘Anarchism: what it really stands for’) ‘“The future has no future” is the wisdom of an age that, for all its appearance of perfect normalcy, has reached the level of consciousness of the first punks’ (The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection) In her...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Directing and Dramaturgy WG: “Serious Entertainment: Audience Enjoyment, Politics and the Intellectual”

Deadline: April 20, 2018
DIRECTING AND DRAMATURGY WORKING GROUP THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE. ABERYSTWYTH CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS   “Serious Entertainment: Audience Enjoyment, Politics and the Intellectual”. Entertainment, enjoyment, pleasure. Placer et docere. According to the seventeenth-century French fabulist Jean de La Fontaine, an author must both instruct, and please. Closer to today, and to theatre, the mid-twentieth-century French...

TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, Performer Training WG: ‘Who are we training for?’

Deadline: April 20, 2018
TaPRA Performer Training Working Group University of Aberystwyth 5th – 7th September 2018   Performer Training Working Group   The Performer Training Working Group has been meeting for thirteen 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...

Reaching | Outreaching

Deadline: April 20, 2018
Loughborough University London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 9 June 2018    The language of ‘outreach’ shapes conversation on university and artistic life, from ‘strategic visions’ to arts council applications. But what does it mean to reach out? What is the discourse on outreach as a gesture – an act and effect?   In On Being Included, Sara Ahmed argues that institutional commitments to diversity may be considered “non-performatives”: “they do not...

Call for Proposals – Scenography in Exhibition & The Museum

Deadline: March 16, 2018
Call for Proposals, TaPRA Scenography Working Group Interim Event 2018 TaPRA Scenography Working Group Scenography in Exhibition & The Museum 6th April 2018, V&A The Scenography Working Group invites proposals for our forthcoming interim event taking place at the V&A on Friday 6th April 2018. This meeting will focus on questions around scenography in exhibition and the museum. Expanded scenography has, with the emergence of the experience economy, become an experiential strategy...

TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium 2018

Deadline: January 4, 2018
Call for Papers and Presentations for TaPRA Postgraduate Symposium 2018 Materials and Materiality: How do they matter? 9 February 2018 Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Postgraduates and early career researchers are invited to contribute to the 2018 Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Postgraduate Symposium titled ‘Materials and Materiality: How do they matter?’. The symposium will take place at Central Bankside, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama...

Theatre, Performance and Philosophy : Call for Contributions

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 performance – deriving either from a continental perspective, or coming from within the analytical tradition. This year, we welcome...

Industry Professionals/Professional Industry

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 spaces in the capital resulted in a tangible archive comprising ‘extant playtexts; information about theatre...

Scenography and The Body: Movement, Gesture, Sensation

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 dancer: No Body. This immersive, multi-installation piece presented light and sound commissions by Michael Hulls,...

Localisation, commercialism and globalisation

Deadline: April 13, 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...

The End of Training

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 for the forthcoming 2017 TaPRA conference. We are interested in a...

Performance and the Laboratory

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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, progressive and cataclysmic, rational and wild. In popular culture, at least, it’s often depicted as a deeply troubled...

Analogue-Digital-Postdigital Performance Practices

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 the term ‘postdigital performance’ to discuss a shift to ‘a social system fully familiarized and embedded...

Frames of Legibility

Deadline: April 13, 2017
“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 and the ways in which these are delimited or challenged by...

Performance, Politics, Populism

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 developments in digital culture. Regardless of whether our socio-political landscapes will prove to have undergone lasting changes as a result, these contexts require...

Migration and Documentation

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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 direct relationship to the certainty and transparency it claims to uphold. In the case of queer...

Interval

Deadline: April 13, 2017
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.’ (Suspensions of Perception, 1999). This year, the Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group will examine the centrality of intervals to...

Generation and Regeneration

Deadline: April 14, 2017
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 step forward in order to interrogate, question and regenerate the philosophy and purpose of applied and social theatre practice and...

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