TaPRA 2021, 6-10 Sept, online & co-hosted by Liverpool Hope University, Popular Performance CfP: Adaptation, Evolution and Survival

Deadline: April 9, 2021
For TaPRA 2021, the Popular Performance Working Group is interested in exploring how and why popular performance forms have evolved throughout history and the challenges they’ve overcome to ensure their survival. Covid-19 has forced all performance genres to adapt and embrace change. Popular Performance in particular has been hard hit with social distancing forbidding the close interaction of performers and audience members alike. How can live stand-up function when masks obscure faces and...

TaPRA 2020, 2 – 4 September, Liverpool Hope University, Popular Performance Working Group CfP

Deadline: April 17, 2020
Over the past three years, the Popular Performance Working Group has explored the relationship between popular performance and its capacity to open up discussion into under-explored areas of cultural practice. For the TaPRA 2020 conference, we seek to foreground several persistent, yet hitherto peripheral, forms and themes which clearly demand closer Working Group scrutiny. These subjects are deliberately diverse and we do not explicitly seek connections between them, but rather aim to provoke,...

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 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...

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...

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