Call for Papers: Theatre Architecture Working Group IFTR Conference São Paulo 2017
01 December, 2016 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments
The Theatre Architecture Working group invites proposals from new and existing members for the 2017 IFTR Conference in São Paulo, Brazil, 10-14 July.
The purpose of the Theatre Architecture Working Group is to explore all that theatre architecture has been historically, is at present, and might be in the future, while also asking how else the disciplines of theatre and architecture intersect. For our forthcoming meeting during the IFTR conference in São Paulo, Brazil, we invite proposals which address either the conference theme of ‘Unstable Geographies, Multiple Theatricalities’ or the related theme of ‘Questions of Scale’. You are welcome to submit a proposal that addresses or overlaps with both. Critical observations about the transformative effect of migratory flows and cultural flux on artistic categories and concepts, and on institutional relations, beg a critical re-examination of ideas and practices of theatre architecture and the changing relationship between theatre and architecture. Theatre’s ‘geographical turn’ prompts us to consider how dominant models of theatre architecture have been adapted, appropriated, contested or rejected in specific cultural or geographic contexts, and how the place of purpose-built theatres is currently being challenged. It encourages us to ask how questions of scale and mobility figure in the design and use of contemporary theatre architecture, and how the relationship between geographies and multiple theatricalities is articulated or made visible. We invite new and existing members to submit proposals which investigate any aspect of theatre architecture as it relates to these questions of multiple geographies and theatricalities. In addition, we invite proposals which examine any aspect of the shifting and unstable relationships between theatre and architecture.
- Shifting relations between dominant and local traditions in theatre architecture or performance space
- Cultural influence and / or appropriation in theatre architecture
- Scale in theatre architecture and site-specific performance (e.g. the miniature / human scale / building scale / urban scale / national scale / global scale)
- Theatre architecture and political, ideological and cultural hegemony
- Analogue and digital practices of modelling theatrical performance and/or architecture
- Shifts and changes in the function of theatre architecture
- The re-use or adaptation of empty and abandoned theatre buildings
- The theatre as a paradigm for how to build for the common good (see Todd 2016)
- Theatre, architecture and mobility
- Spatial dramaturgy, architecture and geographies of performance
- Mobile, telematic, nomadic, pop-up and other spatially unconventional theatres
- ‘Architecting’ theatre and performance (see Wickstrom 2010 and 2014)