PERFORMANCE WITH A PURPOSE: AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
IN ASSOCIATION WITH RIDE: THE JOURNAL OF APPLIED THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
21 - 23 APRIL 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS
Theatre Applications concerns the uses and purposes of theatre and performance in education, community, therapeutic and institutional settings. It addresses applied, social and community theatre, and forms of performance that are intended to make a difference to participants’ lives. Theatre Applications provides scholars, practitioners, participants and funders with an opportunity to engage in debates about changing artistic practices, new circulations of power and new conceptions of the political in theatre.
Theatre Applications aims to address the following themes:
- Aesthetics and the purposive practitioner
- Cultural geographies of dislocation, place and space
- Memory, commemoration, histories and presence
- Political contexts, commitments and constructions
- Advocacy, self-advocacy and creative agency
- Witness, testimony, authorship and ownership
Theatre Applications is about theatre that has a social agenda. The conference seeks to raise questions about ‘client groups’, constituencies and the work of community-based practitioners. It explores a range of performance modes that encourage people to speak, and to reflect on their place in time, history and geography. It aims to examine instances where theatre effects change – in individuals, communities and cultures. It encourages papers, practices and interventions that consider the infrastructures of production, artistic strategies and creative processes. Contributions to the conference may address different sorts of personal and social engagement in and through performance, and the changing roles of actors, spectators, participants and producers of applied theatre.
Theatre Applications features
- Keynote presentations by eminent practitioners and scholars
- Round tables featuring invited guests from relevant industries and the academy
- Residencies by artists exploring new applied practices
- A Theatre Applications archive that includes testimony and showreels
- Publishers’ stands
- Some activities within the conference are site-specific and take place in locations in London. Social and networking activities include a drinks reception, a conference dinner and evening cabaret. Throughout, delegates can relax and chat at Central’s celebrated and convivial conference bar.
Proposals are invited that address the themes of the conference. The precise meaning of the term ‘Theatre Applications’ is open to interpretation by contributors.
Proposals should specify one of the following formats:
- 20-minute paper presentation
- 2-hour workshop
- Round table
- 3-day practitioner-residency with a work-in-progress outcome
- Contribution to the Theatre Applications archive (in digital form)
Proposals should be 300 words in length, with a 150-word biography of the key presenter(s). Proposals should be submitted to the conference organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 October 2009.
In keeping with Central’s conferences, Theatre Applications is both an industry expo and a sharing of new thinking, where cutting-edge practices and new scholarship connect.
Selected papers and other outcomes will be published in RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (Routledge). RiDE is the leading international scholarly journal in Applied theatre and performance, It has been re-named to reflect new practices and questions in the field – 'applied theatre and performance' indicates a desire to question the relationships between performance practice, performance theories, theatre practice and theatre scholarship – debates that are collectively concerned with education, social change or political engagement. The conference will provide a platform for discussion and reflection on these issues and papers presented will be considered by the journal.