CFP: [Theatre] Essay Collection: Sporting Theatre(s); 10/1/07

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Christie Fox
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Edited Collection

Sporting Theatre(s)

The field of performance studies casts a wide net, incorporating the study
of expressive culture in many forms, from ritual and play to politics and
theatreâ€"always with a special focus on performance as the object of
analysis. This collection considers the relationship between two kinds of
performance: theatre and sport. The two fields share attributes, including
physical training and preparation; the idea of a "virtuoso performance";
the drawing in of the audience to fully achieve the performer's goal; and
the increasing "democratization" of performance in the emergence of local,
organized sports teams and the alternative theatre movement.

We seek essays that explore the ties between sport and theatre in many
variations, from the theatricality of sport to the athleticism of theatre.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

METAPHOR: Sport as metaphor in/for theatre.

SPACE: Theatres and stadia are performance spaces that have overlapping
histories, conflicts, and continued shared uses.

PLAY: Sport is play. The 'play' can have a 'script' written by a playwright
or a coach. Particular games, once played through improvisation on the
field, become playscripts in the memory of sport fandom.

PERFORMERS: Athletes, like actors, train the body and mind in preparation
to perform on the field and on the stage.

REPRESENTATION: Sport 'in' Theatre: where and how does sport (and its
surrounding issues of gender, fan culture, nationalism, and politics)
appear on the stage?
THEATRICALITY: From the overt theatricality of professional wrestling to
the performance of nationalism in the Olympic stadium to the postcolonial
drama played out on the cricket ground between the former colonizer and

IDENTITIES: Making identities through the performance of sport on the
local, regional, national, and transnational level.
GENDER: How does sport rely on performance to reinforce hegemonic
conceptions of gender?
ATHLETICISM: Sport and physical theatre (from Grotowski to Goat Island);
sport and actor training (from the Constructivists to Meyerhold to Suzuki
and Anne Bogart)

THEATRE SPORTS/THEATRE GAMES: Competitive improvisation: using a 'sport'
model to create theatre. Games or gaming: the importance of games in the
theatre and the relationship of those games to the theatrical act.
LANGUAGE: The use of sports language in the theatre/theatrical language in

AUDIENCES AND SPECTATORS: The relationship or overlap of audiences in
sports and theatre: sport fans/theatre fans. Roles for the spectator: how,
when, and where do fans perform?

GLOBAL: ‘World’ or ‘international’ theatrical styles and the global
sporting stages of the Olympics and the World Cup.

Abstracts of 250-500 words or completed drafts of previously unpublished
essays should be sent in .doc OR .rtf format to Sara Brady (
and Christie Fox ( by October 1, 2007. All abstract
acceptances will be conditional upon acceptance of the completed essay; all
will be edited by two editors. Essays accepted into the collection will be
due no later than Jan. 15, 2008; word count should be between 3000 and 5000

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