18 September, 2023 | by Rushi P


London Postgraduate Theatre & Performance Conference

23rd April 2020, King’s College London

Performance + Transition

Keynote lecture: Professor Nadine Holdsworth

Performance is always a process of transition: from text to stage, from actor to character, civilian to spectator. The performance space therefore becomes one of transformation, both of the individuals who enter it and of itself. How can we, as performers and researchers, understand these changes? What does it mean for a performance to be in transition: to be translated, transnational, transgender, transformative? What are the political, ethical, and aesthetic implications of these transitions? How are older texts transformed as they are retranslated, restaged, reborn?

Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

* Theatre translation
* Performing the body/the performative body
* The (changing) role of the ‘spectator’
* Performance in a time of transition
* Staging political transformation
* Gender and performance
* Transnational theatre
* The production of space
* ‘Queering’ performance/the institution
* “Interweaving performance cultures”
* Institutional dramaturgy/the institution on stage

We invite speakers to interpret the idea of a paper as broadly as possible, as loosely as they like, to examine the theme of transition through traditional academic presentations or through performance, with multimedia presentations or with their own bodies.

This conference will be the first of its kind in London. We invite responses from postgraduates, early career researchers, and theatre and performance practitioners working in any discipline to submit abstracts/proposals of no more than 250 words for 20-minute papers/performances to [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> by 6pm on Friday 29th February 2020. Please also provide a short biography of no more than 100 words.

Please do pass this on to postgraduate students who may not have access to this list.

All best wishes,

Joseph & Molly

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