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CFP: Folk Performance (UK) (3/31/06; 6/2/06-6/3/06)
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â€œHere we come/ Dyma niâ€™n diwadâ€-
A two-day symposium hosted by the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Wales Aberystwyth in collaboration with Aberystwyth Arts Centre
2 + 3 June, 2006
with: Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane (Folk Archive); Doc Rowe and other guests.
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Boggins and Burrymen, Paper Boys and Pace Eggers, Hodeners and Plough Stotsâ€¦ Wren-boys, Furry-dancers, Bottle-kickers, Cheese-rollers, Tar-barrel carriersâ€¦Mari Lwyd and Obby Oss and Straw Bearâ€¦ These traditional figures of the British performative calendar have recently been joined by carnivalists, hen nighters, love paraders and street reclaimers as examples of what we may regard as present day â€œfolk performanceâ€.
In both rural and urban contexts, there exist customs, events and activities, energetic and engaging, enacted on particular dates and occasions, in the main by people who would probably not consider themselves artists. Some are long-term survivals, others of more recent origin; all demonstrate continuing localized creativity. They range in form from expository folk dramas to participatory games; they involve elements of disguise and misrule, humour and resistance.
To redress this balance, and at the commencement of a linked series of enquiries into the archiving of performance, the Performance Studies Research Group in UWA is organising a short symposium on concepts and manifestations of folk performance, traditional and contemporary; their documentation; and their influence upon contemporary artists.
This event coincides with the exhibition â€˜Folk Archive â€“ Contemporary Popular Art from the UKâ€™ at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, curated by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane. (27 May â€“ 15 July 2006)
Deller and Kaneâ€™s enquiry into â€˜what might constitute present day folk artâ€™ will serve as an inspiration for an investigation of the following themes:
- the contemporaneity of so-called traditional practices
â€œâ€¦If art practice has changed in recent decades then what might be considered folk art has similarly changed, and we must take into account performance and action, video and installation.â€ (Deller & Kane, Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK, London: Book Works 2005)
On the evening of Friday 2 June, Deller and Kane will present the â€˜Folk Archiveâ€™ and engage in public discussion of its themes and aims.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Two sessions of contributory papers are also planned. We are seeking 20-minute papers on any aspect of British everyday creativity and popular culture that is performative in nature. The papers should address one or more of our themes:
- the nature of everyday performative creativity
We welcome contributions from performance studies, theatre studies, folk studies, ethnology and ethnography, regional studies, Welsh studies, history, musicology, archive studies and related fields.
Please send proposals to:
DEADLINE for paper proposals: 31 March 2006
You will be notified by 20 April if your paper has been accepted.
In collaboration with Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Exhibitions: Eve Ropek)