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The European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance brings together scholars and artists to promote research into stage practice in Europe
Signa and Arthur Koestler, photo © Erich Goldmann
Marina Otero, Fuck Me. Photo © Marco Roa
Anna Franziska Jäger & Nathan Ooms, Bartlebabe (2021)
Needcompany, Billy’s Violence. Photo @ Maarten Vanden Abeele
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We have the pleasure to announce the 6th EASTAP Conference, Dimensions of Dramaturgy, which will take place at Aarhus University from 14 to 18 June 2023. Please visit the EASTAP conference website.
The European Journal of Theatre and Performance is delighted to announce that Issue 6 is out now. The theme of the essays section is Fluidity Matters. To download the Table of Contents, please click HERE Members can access issue 6 and all past issues at https://journal.eastap.com Image: ‘The Pose’, by Costanza Macras and DorkyPark, 2017. Photo by Thomas Aurin.
Save the Date for EASTAP24
Rustom Bharucha joins EJTP Advisory Board
EASTAP23 – General Assembly Invite
EASTAP23 Associate Scholar: Lola Proaño Gómez
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Marina Otero, Fuck Me. Poto © Diego Astarita
EASTAP is pleased to announce the publication of the book, Performing Arts and Intimacy. The volume features the work of EASTAP colleagues Luk van den Dries, Alix de Morant, and Rui Pina Coelho.
The book can be downloaded free of charge from the link below: http://monographs.uc.pt/iuc/catalog/book/374
The relationship between performing arts and intimacy expresses itself in multiple and contradictory valences, creating heuristic possibilities with profound socio-political implications. The opening of the individual intimate sphere to other intimate spheres configures an act of interpersonal sharing that allows the privilege of the experience of another human being in that which is most profound and singular. But a fair analysis will lead us to recognize that, under certain circumstances, this space of intimacy may also (and perhaps should) legitimately remain closed to others. It is within this framework that, through their creators, theatre and the performing arts have developed interesting ways of dealing with problems of the intimate sphere in the contemporary world. Since performative work invariably leads to the investigation of bodily, emotional, mental, and relational processes of the human condition, this edition intends, through an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, to contribute to the mapping of the concept of intimacy in its relationship with the performing arts in a plural, political and affective way.
A book launch will take place on 25 October at 5pm. More info here: https://atuarnomundo.wixsite.com/atuar-no-mundo ...
Congratulations to playwright Jon Fosse for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature! 🥳 ...
The Executive Bureau of EASTAP is deeply saddened to learn about the untimely passing of our Ukrainian colleague professor Maya Harbuzyuk, Professor of Drama Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. We had only met this energetic pedagogue, inspired theatre dramaturg and engaged researcher, who was instrumental in introducing decolonial thinking into Ukrainian theatre studies in a pioneering way for European theatre research, at this year`s EASTAP conference in Aarhus in June. In a moving and deeply insightful presentation, she reflected there on how Ukrainian drama and theatre negotiates which voices are being heard and which narratives told in a drama about war produced within the war itself. We send our condolences to prof. Harbuzyuk`s family and her colleagues, and send particular sympathy to our colleagues at Jagiellonian University in Krakow who had supported her and other Ukrainian colleagues through the war, also sponsoring her participation at this year`s EASTAP conference. We will publish a commemoration on the organisation`s website in due course. ...
SAVE THE DATE!
We are excited to announce that #EASTAP24 will take place at the Institute of Performing Arts in Sitges, Catalunya, in the week commencing 28th October 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed).
The conference will be focusing on themes related to Ecosystems of Theatre and Performance.
We thank Valentina Temussi and Armando Rotondi for volunteering to organise what promises to be another amazing event.
More details to be announced soon. Stay tuned!
Photo credits: Sitges Convention Bureau (photo 1 & 2) and IAB (Photo 3) ...
The European Journal of Theatre and Performance id delighted to announce that Rustom Bharucha, who was EASTAP’s first Associate Scholar, has joined the Journal’s Advisory Board.
Rustom Bharucha is a writer, cultural critic and dramaturg based in Kolkata, India. He is the author of several books including Theatre and the World, The Politics of Cultural Practice, Terror and Performance, The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular,Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin, Rajasthan: An Oral History, a co-edited volume with Paula Richman on Performing the Ramayana Tradition, and, more recently, The Second Wave: Reflections on the Pandemic through Photography, Performance and Public Culture.
Do check out our webinar with Prof. Bharucha in conversation with Dr Agata Łuksza, which is available on our website and Facebook page.
A warm welcome back to Prof. Bharucha!
#europeantheatre #journal #editorialboard ...
#EASTAP23 is over.
On the final day, we hosted a thought-provoking debate on theatre in, for and against a plural society with Farnaz Arbabi of Unga Klara, Sandra Yi Sencindiver of theatre danskdansk, Mie Kanø of Blaagard Theater and Julia Wissert, artistic director of Schauspiel Dortmund, the latter on Zoom, stuck half way on the train, moderated by Dirk Gindt and Rebecka Brinch of Stockholm University.
We also had some philosophical poetry made of clay from Collectif Kahrabe from Lebanon, and at the end the organisers needed some good drugs from Dries Verhoeven`s Happiness store....
♥️Thanks to all 206 participants for debating, sharing, reflecting, making new friends, meeting old connections and making EASTAP23 so lively, reinvigorating and downright fun!
Images: the panellists, and photos from Dries Verhoeven’s ‘Happiness’ and Collectif Kahrabe’s ‘Origin of a Tale’ by Peter Boenisch @ilt_festival ...
Lovely to have a day full of plenaries today at #EASTAP23, with a keynote by Yana Meerzon entitled ‘Between Migration and Nationalism: Performing The State-of-the-Nation Play — Playing a Foreigner’, a conversation with @thistimcrouch, presentations by the students running the Observatoire Critique, and a panel on Ukrainian dramaturgy.
Plus: workshops by @marinaotero22 and @ungaklara. And to finish with a cherry 🍒 on the cake 🎂 performances by @soniahughes192 @verhoeven.dries @focus_et_chaliwate and a drag show by @missstellastarlight @ilt_festival
We hope delegates feel inspired and energised! ...
We ♥️ our artist masterclasses!
Here’s a pic from ‘Editing Fury!!’ by Anna Franziska Jäger & Nathan Ooms on strategies to write for performance. We came up with fun texts today by using their suggestions. Thank you!
@annafranziskajaeger @ooms.nathan ...
#EASTAP23 Day 2 has begun! Today we welcome our Associate Scholar Prof. Lola Proaño Gomez speaking about ‘The Dramaturgy of Research’ in the context of studying political theatre in Latin America. ...
The European Journal of Theatre and Performance, issue 6, is out now with the start of our #EASTAP23 conference! 🎉🥂
The theme of the essays section is: Fluidity Matters.
Members can access the journal via our website or directly at: https://journal.eastap.com/eastap-issue-6/.
The editorial team will launch the journal officially at the conference tomorrow, 15 June, during panel 3 from 10.30-11.30 at Kasernen, room 212.
If you are at the conference, please join us! #fluidity #eauropeantheatre
Photo: The Pose, by Constanza Macras & DorkyPark, 2017. Image by Thomas Aurin. ...
We’re talking about #decolonisation of theatre in Greenland with:
Susanne Andreassen, artistic director of Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia and dramaturg
Per Kap Bech Jensen - administrative director of Nordisk Teater Laboratorium, dramaturg and hosts INUNA RADIO
Tormod Carlsen - theatre director with roots in Greenland
Moderator: Knut Ove Arntzen ...
And so it begins! #EASTAP23
It’s wonderful to be together again and learn from each other. And @aarhusuni has such a lovely campus.
Have a great first day, everyone, and see you at the theatre tonight for @needcompanyarts Billy’s Violence @ilt_festival, followed by the welcome party 🎉 ...
It’s HOT HOT HOT in Aarhus, folks!
Travel safely and don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, suncream, a hat and summer clothes! 🧢 🩱 🕶️ 🧳
#EASTAP23 officially starts tomorrow 🌈 ...
Final Programme and Book of Abstracts have been published, and all is ready to welcome scholars ftom all over Europe and the world to Aarhus for #EASTAP23!
In the meantime, feast your eyes on these wonderful images from FUCK ME by Argentinian performance maker and choreographer Marina Otero, which will be presented @ilt_festival on 15 and 15 June at 8pm at Aarhus Theater, followed by a talk with the artist on 15 June, moderated by Eylül Fidan Akıncı (dramaturg, Theater Rotterdam/NL) and Lola Proaño Gómez (professor emeritus, University of Buenos Aires/ARG).
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
In a wild mix of dance, sound and video, the Argentinian artist and former dancer, Marina Otero, tells her harsh life story in FUCK ME, which is danced by five men. The dance performance shows us the form of revenge that a dancer`s broken body seeks. The question is, what do we do the day our body says stop, and challenges both our ability and our way of being in the world? Fuck Me is created by the Argentinian artist and former dancer, Marina Otero. With the dance performance, she creates a fictional battlefield where she makes amends with the injustice she has experienced in real life. She uses the dancers on stage as her body. The body that can no longer do what she wants it to do. The body that has failed her. The body that challenges her ego and fuels the impulse to take revenge. On stage, she makes the dancers mold her narcissistic cause. Right there they tell the story of her life, only her life, until their death.
Photos by Diego Astarita, Matias Kedak and Marco Roa. ...
#Exciting #academic #conference #academiclife
In order to secure your place on the #EASTAP23 Masterclass Programme, please sign up by Monday 5 June (end of day).
You can register your choice of up to three preferences on the dign up form.
You can choose from these five:
🌿Linh Le, “Becoming species and paying tribute to the diversity of life”
⚡️SIGNA, “Becoming Insinuated”
🌪️Anna Franziska Jäger & Nathan Ooms, “Editing Fury”
🏃🏽♀️Marina Otero, “I is a body”
👶🏻 Unga Klara National Swedish Youth Theatre – Farnaz Arbabi and Erik Uddenberg, “Memories for Use – working with a child perspective”
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EJTP welcomes article submissions at any time, but for Issue 7 (Winter 2023/24) please submit by June 30th
#opencall #EJTP #journal #CfP #callforpapers #contribution #theatre #performance #europeantheatre ...
At #EASTAP23, four panels will discuss #eco #dramaturgy and topics related to the #climatecrisis.
We also invite you to participate in a pre-conference performance as well as take part in a workshop with Vietnamese-Danish environmental artist LINH LE @linhle_explorer (see photos by Frej Pries Schmedes)
So the city is as citizen, so the city is as species
Linh Le creates a nature zone in the middle of the city, transporting a 10-ton pile of soil by bike with the help of EASTAP participants. In the soil, Linh Le brings to life the rare plant species pentanema squarrosum, investigating habitability, interspecies meetings and communities. Pentanema squarrosum is Aarhus’ responsible species. At least 20% of the species’ total population lives in Denmark and therefore Denmark and Aarhus as the ambassador of the species has a special national responsibility to protect the species as it is globally considered rare.
The 24-hour performance lasts from sunset on Monday 12 June to to sunset on Tuesday 13 June.
🦚Monday 12 June, 22:06 - 00:00: Biking ritual
🌱Tuesday 13 June, 00:00 - 12:00: Biking ritual
🍀Tuesday 13 June at 12:00 - 16:00: Performance Ritual by Linh Le
🌳Tuesday 13 June at 16:00 - 16:15: Speech by Linh Le
🌲Tuesday 13 June at 16:00 - 19:00: The soil rests
🪴Tuesday 13 June at 19:00 - 22:07: Common Ritual
🚲 🚲 Workshop
Becoming species and paying tribute to the diversity of life
What species are you?
🐸🦉🐛🐝🦎Connect to other species through decomposing your human ego and let other life take space. Linh Le will guide you into awakening your species and honoring them. ...
⏰🥁One month to go! We’re extremely excited about our upcoming conference and performance programmes.
🎉 🎭 While we’re in Aarhus, two other exciting international theatre events will be in town: the @ilt_festival (14-18 June) and the @ietmnetwork Plenary Meeting, Living on the Edge (12-15 June).
🩸 🇬🇱 On day 1 of the EASTAP conference, 14 June, you’ll be able to see Billy’s Violence by @needcompanyarts (photo is by Maarten Vanden Abeele) and also other performances as part of @ietmnetwork Plenary, such as The Traveller by National Theatre of Greenland (photo by Gerth Lyberth).
🎫 Booking for IETM programme here: https://www.ietm.org/en/meetings/ietm-aarhus-plenary-meeting-2023/programme
🎟️ Booking for ILT festival shows is through your EASTAP conference abonnement. Any extra tickets can be booked here: www.iltfestival.dk
@boenischdramaturgy @aarhusuni ...
💥💥Meet our #EASTAP23 Associate Scholar and Associate Artists!
💥💥Lola Proaño Gómez is a scholar based in Buenos Aires. Her research focuses on the heritage of political theatre in contemporary South America, adopting a multidisciplinary approach, connecting contemporary theatrical aesthetics with its historical-political context and, also, with feminist theory. She is currently a researcher at the Instituto Gino Germani, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universitad de Buenos Aires.
Proaño Gómez wrote numerous works that have defined and expanded current debates on politics and performance in South American theatre, addressing topics such as the pernicious effect of neoliberalism and globalization in arts and communities, investigating the strength and presence of community theatre and its poetics of survival and resistance, and exploring theatrical imagination and utopia as political forces. Her books include Poética, Política y Ruptura: Argentina 1966-73 (2002); Poéticas de la globalización en el teatro latinoamericano (2007), Estética comunitaria. Miradas desde la filosofía y la política (2013) and Antología de teatro latinoamericano: 1950-2007 (2010) are characterized by her multidisciplinary perspective.
💥💥SIGNA The Danish-Austrian performance ensemble SIGNA, led by Signa Köstler and Arthur Köstler, has since their first experiments with performance installations at the turn of the millennium established themselves as a ground-breaking and provocative force in the European theatre avant-garde. Their bleak, durational, site-specific and participatory performances have been shown in Denmark, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Estonia, Spain, Sweden, Russia and Argentina. They have been selected twice for the Berliner Theatertreffen, first in 2008 with Die Erscheinungen der Martha Rubin, and most recently in 2022 with Die Ruhe. Their performances have often been the center of heated public debate, as in 2010, when they challenged ethics of spectatorship by inviting the audience to visit and to some extent partake in the debaucheries of Villa Salò – a work based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s controversial movie Salò (1975).
See you @aarhus_university ...