CFP: Performance 2 (November, 2011; Prague, Czech Republic)

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

2nd Global Conference

Sunday 6th November โ€“ Tuesday 8th November 2011
Prague, Czech Republic

Theatre and other types of staged performance are inter-disciplinary forms of art, drawing ideas and symbolisms from the fields of humanities, making historical references and links, presenting social relations, putting forward great ideas and dilemmas of the mind, highlighting aspects of the human personality and employing all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 art-forms in order to create a performance as a whole. Performance practice can be examined from the 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, actor, movement director and choreographer, scenographer (set and costume designer), musical director, composer, lighting designer and sound designer meet. It also includes all aspects and issues involving the theatrical process, from the initial concept to the final realization.

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

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

- Visual interpretation of text / of narrative
- Visual literacy and perception within performance
- The relationship between narrative, visuality and textuality
- The birth of a visual concept
- Design as theatrical action
- Visual resources and interpretation in performance
- Scenographic materials, form, texture, composition and light
- From design to realization โ€“ the process for the creation of a visual environment
- Collaboration and practice in the visual aspect of performance making
- Aesthetics and visual principles in performance
- Challenging of established aesthetics, the relationship of old and new traditions
- Visual expression and symbolism in theatre and performance
- The notion of the visual metaphor
- Scenographer: The author of space?
- Actor-character: Dressing the actor, dressing the body
- Body and space: The spatial dynamics of costume
- The performativity of costume / The narrative of dress in performance
- Costume sociology
- History of scenography
- Leading figures in the world tradition of scenography
- Media and new technology as performance visual elements
- The impact of new media on performance
- New approaches in performance design
- The gaze of the spectator / Aspects of spectatorship
- Cross-cultural appropriation, Inter-disciplinarity and Interactivity in performance
- Designing theatre for particular settings and audiences (e.g. children, elders, communities, people with disability)
- Performance and politics โ€“ visual approaches
- Teaching the visual aspects of performance practice

Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 17th June 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 23rd September 2011.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be entitled: Performance 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
Scenographer, and Department of Theatre Studies,
University of Peloponnese

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net,
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom

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 papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).

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