International Gathering Exploring
= √ practice2 (1- performance2 / theatre2)
of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Let's purge this choler without letting blood:
This we prescribe, though no physician;
Deep malice makes too deep incision;
Forget, forgive; conclude and be agreed;
Our doctors say this is no month to bleed.
this major gathering of key practitioners and scholars from around
the world the conference
programme will comprise:
Thank you to the
following for their support
As the Centre for Performance Research (CPR)
celebrates thirty years of work, this gathering will build upon and extend
the dialogues and debates that CPR has forged over its journey from
research laboratory to research centre. ’Towards
Tomorrow?’ will examine the complex relations between
performance and theatre, their aesthetic practices, and their past,
present and future.
Tomorrow? does not seek to prescribe but rather aims to tease out
questions and possibilities through a series of enquiries and platforms
offering a range of perspectives on performance, theatre, and performance
research, whether these be historicised or contemporised; extemporised,
speculative, or imagined; gradualist or radicalist; prophetic, portentous
or prognosticative; embodied, practical or immersive. Themes,
topics, and areas of enquiry will include:
in Process; The Dangers of Failure; Fear of Flying; Performance Profit;
The Human and the Inhuman; Past Futures, Nijinksy’s Last Dance; Radical
Obessions; Artaud in the Age of Electra, Gestus and Globalisation;
Performing the Disaster; Figuring China’s Rise; On Generous
Theatricality; Theatre and Food; Disturbing Performance; Choreographing
The Fabrication of Giants; Failing to Risk and Risking to Fail; The Limits
to Economy; The Sisterhood of Sybils.
are warmly invited to join us and add your thoughts to the equation.
Abrams (UK); Philip Auslander (USA); Julia Lee Barclay (UK); Rustom
Bharucha (India); Simon Bayly (UK); Krystof Blom (Belgium); Alice
Briggs (Wales, UK); Iwan Brioc (Wales, UK); Steven Connor (UK); John Elsom
(UK); Peter Falkenberg (NZ); Josette Féral (France); Rabab
Ghazoul (Wales, UK); Jane Goodall (Australia); Richard Gough (Wales, UK);
(Mexico/USA); Dror Harari (Israel); Alison Hodge (UK); Helen Iball
(UK); Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Ireland); Jude James (UK); Paul Jeff
(Wales, UK); Isabel Jones (UK); Karen Juers-Munby; Adrian Kear (UK); Joe
Kelleher (UK); Dragan Klaic Netherlands); Komiker (Wales, UK); Daniel
(Wales, UK); Michal Kobialka (USA); Ray Langenbach (Singapore); Zoë
Laughlin (UK); Martina Leeker (UK); Hans Thies Lehmann (Germany); Shimon
Levy (Israel); Lisa Lewis (Wales, UK); Alphonso Lingis (USA); Arya
Madhavan (India); Silke Mansholt (UK/Germany); Rita Marcalo (UK);
Bonnie Marranca (USA); Rita Marcalo (UK); Julian Maynard-Smith (UK);
Sharon Mazer (NZ); Shazia Mirza (UK); Jon McKenzie (UK); Susan Melrose
(UK); Richard Huw-Morgan (Wales, UK) Sreenath Nair (India); Victoria
Nelson (USA); Kristine Nutting (Canada); Jan Overfield (UK); Roger Owen
(Wales, UK); Jennifer Parker-Starbuck ( UK); Marian Pastor-Roces
(Philippines); Pam Patterson (Canada); Shannon Payne (USA); Ailsa
Richardson (Wales, UK); Patrice Pavis (France); Mikyoung Pearce
(UK); Mike Pearson (Wales, UK); Krzysztof Plesniarowicz (Poland);
Paul Rae (Singapore); Louise Ritchie (UK); Alan Read (UK); Freddie Rokem
(Israel); Heike Roms (Wales, UK); Petra Sabisch (UK); Marko Stamenkovic
(Serbia & Montenegro); Stelarc (Australia); TRAWS (The
Inter-University Research Group for Performance in Wales); Jennifer Verson
(UK); Victoria Theatre Company/LaLa#2 (Belgium); Volcano Theatre Company
(Wales, UK); Wagner-Feigl-Forschung (Germany); Mick Wallis (UK); Dan Watt
(Wales, UK); Martin Welton (UK); Faith Wilding (USA); Rebecca
and Room Plans for Delegates
Then, Now, To Come
Then: Theoretical discourse has
structured and transformed the environments of theatre and
performance. Towards Tomorrow? provides a FORUM for both a critical
reflection on performance and the nature of cultural theory and to
assess its future both beyond and within the academy.
The event of performance, its practice and presence will be
explored. There will be OPPORTUNITIES for practitioners to
interrogate theorists and for the statement of radical agendas and
Come: The development of the future of the field
belongs to another GENERATION. This gathering will not determine
such a future, but it will be determined to keep open all possible
transformations, evolutions and revolutions that may be on their
Tomorrow? will explore the relation between theatre and
performance, risk and failure, events and institutions to understand
how the possibilities of performance, and the history of
organisations such as CPR, might be considered?
3. a. Regarded or stated as an attribute of the agent: The fact of
something (expressed or implied) being possible to one, in virtue
either of favourable circumstances or of one's own powers; hence,
Capacity, capability, power, ability; pecuniary ability, means.
there a fractal structure (a finite area bounded by an
infinite distance) to the discipline, its
manifestation as practice and its future, as yet unknown,
are the issues of survival: of a discipline and its practice, its
organisations, and the relationship with the academy?
fractal, A mathematically
conceived curve such that any small part of it, enlarged, has the
same statistical character as the original.
How does the spiritual aspect of performance –
space, body, time and imagination – integrate and challenge both
the formal and the theoretical articulations of work?
Does such a consideration generate its own
eschatology; if so, what is the apocalypse of performance?
1. (With capital
initial.) The ‘revelation’ of the future granted to St. John in
the isle of Patmos. The book of the New Testament in which this is
recorded. 2. By
extension: Any revelation or disclosure.
Towards Tomorrow? includes In Extremis: Fundamental(ist)s of Performance
a ‘platform, soapbox, and propaganda’ station, for the promulgation and dissemination of
extreme enthusiasms, radical obsessions, pristine lies and rotten truth. A space to present
ideas: contemporary, anachronistic, contentious and conformist.
dissemination, The action of scattering or spreading abroad seed, or anything likened to it; the fact or condition of being thus diffused; dispersion, diffusion, promulgation.
Tomorrow? will offer a programme of performances and workshops
alongside presentations of archive
photographic and video material from theatre companies and performers from across the world.
archive, 1. A place in which
public records or other important historic documents are kept.
(v)To place or store in an archive; in Computing,
to transfer to a store containing infrequently used files, or to a
lower level in the hierarchy of memories, esp. from disc to tape.
The schedule for
each day will include KEYNOTES, PANEL
SESSIONS, as well as PRACTICAL
or RESEARCH ENQUIRIES.
enquiry, 1. a. The action of
seeking, esp. (now always) for truth, knowledge, or information
concerning something; search, research, investigation, examination.
of tomorrow must also be concerned with generations,
the potential of youthand the energy and vitality it will provide
performance in the future.
Tomorrow? will include Generation24 – Our panel of
young practitioners of
the future, from schools and colleges in Wales and internationally,
who will observe and intervene in the proceedings with the
interruptive urgency of the future’s call.
generation, I. The action of
generating. 1. a.
The act or process of generating or begetting physically;
procreation; propagation of species.
c. Manner of descent: genealogy, pedigree. rare.
Production by natural or artificial processes (as of plants,
animals, substances, etc.).Also, mode of formation, nature of origin
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the CPR tradition for high quality events staged in an individual
the event care is taken to forge links between people and ideas and
to create formal and informal opportunities for people to exchange
information about current and future projects. CPR’s long history
of bringing together international performance practitioners and
scholars in a potent spirit of debate/friendship,
argument/opposition also serves as the occasion to highlight and
focus work at the forefront of future developments in the field.
+ 10: Throughout 2004/5 CPR will be celebrating 30 years of work
years in Aberystwyth.