[UPDATE] Howard Barker international conference, 10-12 July 2009

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Department of Theatre, Film and TV Studies; Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK
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International Conference, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK, 10-12 July 2009

Registration now open at http://www.aber.ac.uk/visitors/en/diary.html

Howard Barker is widely acknowledged as a major British dramatist (who has now had staged, broadcast or published over a hundred plays), director, theorist, scenographer and visual artist. In recent years, his reputation has extended to a position of international eminence. Our principal objective is to bring together as many Barker scholars and practitioners as possible from their different countries, to explore and analyse the full range of his remarkable body of work. It has become apparent that there is a wide interest in Barker's work, principally in France and America where productions of his work are burgeoning (a four-play season at Paris Odéon in Spring 2009, alongside a fifth and sixth concurrent Paris productions, and new productions of two early works this year in New York). Barker's own theatre company, The Wrestling School, which has recently become financially independent, is now in its third decade and has increased its annual work from one production a year to two. It is a timely juncture to review Barker's art of the theatre and both widen and intensify scholarly attention to the unique expanse of his work in the context of international theatre. The conference will include a rehearsed reading of Barker's play A Wounded Knife, unperformed outside of Denmark, and an exhibition of his paintings.


Howard Barker: 'Pity and Pretending: Tragedy's Rebuke to the Pseudo-Ethical'

Prof Elisabeth Angel-Perez (University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, editor of Howard Barker et le Theatre de la Catastrophe and translator of Barker's essays): 'Reinventing Grand Narratives: Barker's Challenge to Postmodernism'

Dr Charles Lamb (University of Winchester, author of The Theatre of Howard Barker): 'Barker's Pictorial Landscapes'

To book a place on the conference, please follow the link below


For information contact Dr Karoline Gritzner kgg@aber.ac.uk