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Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practices
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Siobhan O'Gorman and Charlotte McIvor
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This essay collection situates the histories and contemporary practice of devised performance in Irish theatre. The use of devised performance techniques within Irish theatre harnesses the artistic potential of diverse sites, participants, sources and techniques as one of its major aims. The named theatrical genres frequently employed vis-à-vis a devised working process include but are not limited to physical, immersive, site-specific, improvised, collaborative, community, adapted, documentary and verbatim theatre.
"Devised Performance in Irish Theatre" responds to a decisive shift in the working approach of several prominent emerging Irish companies including Anu Productions, Brokentalkers, THEATREclub, THISISPOPBABY and The Company. This contemporary surge of work builds on a physical and dance theatre movement in Irish theatre that began to coalesce in the 1990s through the work of companies such as Barabbas, Macnas, Blue Raincoat, Corn Exchange, Pan Pan, and Corcadorca which was in turn influenced by earlier genealogies of community arts practice on the island of Ireland beginning in the late 1970s. This collection will address work throughout both the Republic and Northern Ireland in recognition of the dialectical development of community arts by way of shared resources and collaboration between artists working cross-border from the 1970s to the present.
We welcome proposals for contributions (up to 5000 words), from both academics and practitioners, which might focus on the work of individual companies or a series of productions and/or explore some of the following issues and questions:
Proposals (400-500 words) for essays (max 5000 words) should be submitted to Siobhán O'Gorman (email@example.com) and Charlotte McIvor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 April 2013, with final essays to be submitted by 31 August 2013.