TaPRA 2020, 2 – 4 September, Liverpool Hope University, Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group CfP: Inside

Deadline: April 17, 2020
In Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1895 play Intérieur, translated by Caryl Churchill as Inside, we watch two men charged with delivering terrible news. They hesitate outside a house, looking inside at the family innocently unaware of how their lives are about to be transformed by death. The first audience for the play sat inside, watching people outside, watching people inside. The windows of the house create a frame within a frame, surrounding a certain Naturalistic domestic inside with a Symbolist...

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, 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...


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...

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