We are deeply sorry to inform you that the III EASTAP Conference and all the related activities (Masterclasses, VIE Festival, …) have been cancelled. Unfortunately, due to the emergency of CoronavirusEmilia-Romagna region has decided the suspension, from 24 Feb. to 1 March, of the activities of schools of all levels, kindergartens, universities, events and all forms of aggregation in public or private places, educational trips. Here’s the news (unfortunately only in Italian ):
https://www.regione.emilia-romagna.it/notizie/primo-piano/sospesa-attivita-scuole-nidi-e-manifestazioni-tutte-le-misure-adottate-contro-il-coronavirus. It all happened today, that’s why we are contacting you right now. We’ll write to you with more calm in the next few days to see what we can do at a later stage. At the moment, it was essential to give you this communication.
We are sincerely sorry for this sad epilogue: we hope you can understand.
Kindest regards,

Josette Féral, Claudio Longhi and Daniele Vianello



Creating for the Stage and other Spaces: Questioning Practices and Theories


Organizers: Claudio Longhi, Daniele Vianello

Scientific Committee: Antonio Araujo, Christopher Balme, Maria João Brilhante, Chloe Déchery, Josette Féral, Clare Finburgh, Gerardo Guccini, Stefan Hulfeld, Lorenzo Mango, Aldo Milohnic, Elena Randi, Anneli Saro, Diana Taylor, Gabriele Vacis, Piermario Vescovo

Organizing Committee: Claudio Longhi – Daniele Vianello – Gerardo Guccini (heads), Silvia Cassanelli, Valentina Falorni, Licia Ferrari, Viviana Gardi, Stefania Lodi Rizzini, Giulia Maurigh, Rossella Mazzaglia, Debora Pietrobono, Martina Sottana, Angelo Vassalli


The twentieth century witnessed crucial changes in creation for the stage, which in extreme cases resulted in a negation of theatre itself. While trying to negotiate this legacy, two decades into the twenty-first century, further transformations and developments are taking place, requiring new theoretical languages that adopt the past as an essential matrix for examining the present and future.

The III EASTAP Conference (European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance) intends to study this specific subject as well as helping to establish and support a dialogue between different cultures and customs in a moment, our present time, when the idea of Europe is thrown into question.
As a logical follow-up to the Paris and Lisbon editions which focused on decentralisation and shared memory(ies) of the European contemporary stage, this third EASTAP Conference will examine creating for the stage from past to present and across practice and theory. With the express intention to embed the EASTAP Conference in the Festival VIE 2020 (international theatre festival), we will foreground dialogue on the creative process with artists.

Researchers have investigated creative practices and related issues from many different perspectives. Over the course of the twentieth century, these practices and perspectives were considered to be useful knowledge for understanding artistic works; later, they turned into a set of cultural objects in their own right, requiring specific approaches and publishing. In the third millennium, as the focus has moved from the culture of the product to the culture of the process, creative practices have been included in the resulting stage works as organic and inseparable parts of the same process.

The conference structure includes two main areas of investigation which, in turn, include four major interlocking topics: theories of textual composition and practices of textual composition; theories of performance creation, or ‘writing for the stage’, and practices of ‘writing for the stage’.

By ‘textual composition’ we understand not only play-texts, but also multiple literary as well as other verbal types of languages. Examples include texts derived from improvisation; performance-‘scripts’; materials used in documentary theatre; the dramaturg’s contributions, which enable the text to shift between author, director, actors and audience.

By ‘stage writing’ we understand that stage processes can become a writing system of their own, involving all theatrical elements. The notion applies to theatre direction as well as to avant-garde and contemporary performance art, where non-linguistic features can be afforded semiotic value, adding to the theatrical language.
Both of these main areas of enquiry – ‘textual composition’ and ‘stage writing’ – include two sub-topics, namely theoretical perspectives aspects and artistic practices. Each, in turn, can be set either in a historical or contemporary context.

Artists from the Festival VIE 2020 are invited to take part in the conference by entering into dialogue with experts, journalists, researchers and theatre professionals sharing their ideas about the topics of enquiry via presentations, performances, masterclasses, round tables and audio-visual materials.



By 4 December (new and last deadline), those who have been admitted to the Conference must register for the Association and the Conference, otherwise they will be excluded from the Conference itself. The fees paid will not be refunded if, due to unforeseen circumstances, it will not be possible to attend the Conference.
Registration to both the Association and the Conference can be made at the following link: www.eastap.com/registration/

Registration includes free access to all shows and cultural events included in the Festival VIE 2020 (booking required). The full programme of Festival VIE 2020 events and artists will soon be available at www.viefestival.com/vie2020/

Conference registration fees
EASTAP regular members: 70 Euros
EASTAP student members: 35 Euros

Please note that EASTAP membership is a necessary precondition for Conference registration.

Please register here: www.eastap.com/registration/

All enquiries concerning registration should be made to registration@eastap.com

All enquiries concerning organization of the Conference should be made exclusively to segreteriaconference.bo2020@gmail.com




Teatro Arena del Sole

Where: Via dell’Indipendenza 44, 40121 – Bologna

From the train station:
By bus, bus 11 and 27 (from Piazza XX Settembre, bus stop Autostazione)
Walking along Via dell’Indipendenza (10 minutes)

Shuttle “T-Days”:
Shuttle T2, stop “Arena del Sole”, runs every 20 minutes from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

From the airport:
Aerobus, stop “Mille” (20 minutes), runs every 30 minutes from 5.30 a.m. to 00.15 p.m.

From the ring road:
Exit n. 7, direction “centro” (centre)



Where: Piazzetta Pier Paolo Pasolini 5/b, 40122 – Bologna

From the train station:
By bus, bus 33  stop “Porta Lame”

From the airport:
Aerobus, stop “Mille” (20 minutes), runs every 30 minutes from 5.30 a.m. to 00.15 p.m.

From the ring road:
Exit n. 7, direction “centro” (centre)