5th Global Conference: Performance (November, 2014: Prague, Czech Republic)

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Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

5th Global Conference: Performance

Friday 7th November – Sunday 9th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:

Theatre and the many varied expressions of performance practice in live and mediated performance forms are by their nature inter-disciplinary art. They draw ideas and symbolisms from diverse theoretical and creative fields of humanities, making historical references and links, presenting social relations, putting forward great ideas and dilemmas of the mind, highlighting aspects of the human personality and employing all existing and emerging art-forms in order to create a performance as a whole. Performance practice, whether in a theatrical space, site-specific space, or as a street or public performance or space-and-time related event of any nature, can be examined from an artistic point of view, but also from a cultural, a sociological, a historical, a psychological, a semiological, an anthropological, as well as from an educational perspective. The term "performance practice" refers to the interface within which the work of the director, performer, movement director and choreographer, performance designer (i.e. scenographer, lighting, sound and costume designer), musical director, composer and of any other creative practitioner, meet. It also includes all aspects and issues involving the creative process from the initial concept to the final realization and presentation to an audience.

The aim of this conference is to develop discussion with a focus on the visual aspects of performance brought up by artists and researchers in various performance disciplines and practices.

Proposals, papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following themes:

1. Narrative and Meaning
· Visual interpretation of text / of narrative
· Visual literacy, meaning-making and perception within performance
· The relationship between narrative, textuality and visuality, and the notion of inter-textuality
· Challenging of established aesthetics, the relationship of old and new traditions
· Cultural, historical, current and future perspectives in performance making
· Visual expression and symbolism in theatre and performance, and the notion of the visual metaphor
· The role of imagination today (before, during and after a performance)

2. Design Processes and Practices
· The birth of a visual/spatial concept
· Design as performative action
· Visual resources and interpretation in performance
· Scenographic materials; form, texture, colour, space, time, body, composition and light
· From design to realization –processes and collaboration practices
· Aesthetics and visual principles in performance
· Media and new technology as performance elements for the creation of new visual, sensorial, spatial and temporal experience
· Challenging traditions: New approaches in performance design and practice

3. Performance design and the costumed body in discourse
· Performance design and authorship: Scenographer: The author of spatial experience / Space as performance / Costume as performance
· Exploring leading figures and ideas in world traditions of scenography
· Costume and the body, embodiment and expression
· Aspects of the actor-character relationship
· Body and Space: The spatial dynamics of costume and the embodied experience of space
· The performativity of costume / The narrative of dress in performance
· History and theory of live and mediated performance design perspectives

4. Perception
· The gaze of the spectator / Aspects of spectatorship
· Experience and perceptions of the performer / of the creative team / of the audience
· Cross-cultural appropriation, inter-disciplinarity and interactivity in performance
· The impact of new media on performance
· Liveness / humanness and the contemporary technological context
· Intersections of art and performance
· The visual and the other senses in performance (e.g. the haptic, the aural, the olfactory)

5. Pedagogy & Policy
· Designing theatre for diverse settings and audiences (e.g. children, elders, communities, people with disability)
· Performance, ethics, poetics, and politics – visual approaches
· Researching methods and interdisciplinary methodologies of performance making
· Teaching the visual aspects of performance practice: context and approaches

We are particularly keen to encourage submissions that are not subsumed within disciplines, but cut across and between disciplinary vocabularies to provide new synergies, domains and inter-disciplinary possibilities. We warmly welcome proposals which go beyond traditional paper presentations and encompass also panels, performances and workshops.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Performance, Fandom and Empathy.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th July 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th September 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Performance 5 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:.
Sofia Pantouvaki: sofsceno@gmail.com
Rob Fisher: perf5@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Critical Issues programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.