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EVENT: Audience, Experience, Desire

Audience, Experience, Desire: Interactivity and Participation in Contemporary Performance & the Cultural Industries

Fri 29 ­ – Sat 30 January 2016
University of Exeter, Drama Department

Keynote speakers:

  • Josephine Machon (Middlesex University London)
  • Tassos Stevens (Coney)
  • Adam Alston (University of Surrey)

The 2nd International PhD and Early Career Researcher conference in Drama at the University of Exeter, is concerned with the relationship of interactive and participatory performance to contemporary culture in the UK and internationally.  We aim to engage in dialogue that spans theory and practice, offering perspectives from both academic and artist-led research & practice.

See the website for more information and for the event programme.

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EVENT: Viewing and Spectating in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama

Mon 29th June 2015: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London
Tues 30th June 2015: Ioannou Centre, Oxford

The 15th Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondents will be Yana Zarifi (Thiasos Theatre Company) and Margaret Coldiron (Director and specialist in Asian performance). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Edith Hall, Prof. Oliver Taplin, and Prof. Fiona Macintosh. The symposium will conclude on the second day, in Oxford, with a talk by Włodzimierz Staniewski on the Pythian Oratorio – with excerpts performed by members of the Gardzienice Company.

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EVENT: Theatre and Spectatorship

Thur 4th – Sun 7th June 2015: Barcelona, Spain

The 2015 24th Annual Conference of The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English addresses the ongoing debate on the activity of the spectator in relation to contemporary drama and theatre in English worldwide. Among others, it aims to investigate questions such as the shift from ‘audiences’ to ‘spectators’, the dramaturgical encoding of the spectator, the potential of immersive and participatory theatrical practices, or the role of empathy, emotion and affect in theatrical reception. An empirical perspective will be combined with a reflection on the theoretical and methodological tools that may throw light on or, indeed, help to transform our understanding of theatrical spectatorship.

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EVENT: Musical Fan Communities: Connected Across Borders

Fri 29th May 2015: Eldon North, University of Portsmouth

Have you ever wondered how fans deal with texts in other languages? In an increasingly globalized world, popular culture texts constantly travel across linguistic and national borders. Fans may work to make texts available in their own language, report on performances in other countries, encourage local producers to put on performances or simply cosplay characters.

The aim of this research day is to investigate fan activity across national and linguistic borders, focusing on the genre of musicals, in the theatre, in film and on TV. A variety of working papers from scholars and industry professionals in musical theatre, film and media, popular culture and translation studies will address how fans translate and otherwise mediate musical texts, how fans across the world form communities, as well as the effect fan mediations have on the industry. Topics include the formation of fan communities, fansubtitling of musical anime, bootlegging, queer appropriations of musicals, fan activism and many more. Papers will focus on a diverse range of locations, including Europe, East Asia and North America.

The research day will be of interest to anyone working in fan studies, musical theatre, film, translation and popular culture.

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