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Call for Papers: Dance Dramaturgy: Catalyst, Perspective and Memory

In Call to Artists on September 20, 2010 by danceumbrella

Dance Dramaturgy: Catalyst, Perspective and Memory

Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference

York University’s Masters of Fine Arts Graduate Program in Dance, the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama and UC Drama at the University of Toronto as well as

the Toronto-based companies Dancemakers, Series 8:08 and Nightswimming

Toronto, Canada

June 23 – 26, 2011

For the first time in North America, this conference brings together an international body of scholars and artists to discuss the growing impact of the discipline, history and potential of dance dramaturgy[1]. We invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops and PERsentations[2] from a broad spectrum of dance scholarship and practiced-based research on dance dramaturgy, or any other topic in dance.

In the last three decades, the discipline of dance dramaturgy has evolved to facilitate creative and strategic engagement with a multitude of perspectives (including, though not limited to, historical, cultural, social, political, aesthetic, semiotic, perceptual and embodied) that are inherent within and acting upon dance practices. The dance dramaturg is often seen as an important catalyst for choreographic invention as well as dance preservation and audience appreciation.  Both the independent and company-based dance dramaturg may be called upon to fulfill the roles of navigator, facilitator, catalyst, curator and documenter.

This conference brings together the resources of York University’s Masters of Fine Arts Graduate Program in Dance, the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama and UC Drama at the University of Toronto as well as the Toronto-based companies Dancemakers, Series 8:08 and Nightswimming in an unprecedented collaboration between artistic practice and scholarly research.  Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in North America and it is a nucleus for numerous dance, theatre and performance artists, physical theatre companies, community arts organizations and arts-focused educational institutions.

FOR APPLICATION FORMS AND CONFERENCE NEWS

PLEASE VISIT ‘UP COMING CONFERENCES’ AT

http://www.sdhs.org/

Please direct questions and inquiries to Dr. Darcey Callison – sdhs11@yorku.ca


[1] Our take on it (Dance Dramaturgy)

When turning to dance and movement-based performance, conventional dramaturgical strategies, which focus primarily on either the development of a written script or its analysis and conceptual realization on stage, are of limited utility. Rather, in these forms of creation, development and production are often fully integrated activities. We regard this level of integration as an opportunity to combine the tools of established forms of dramaturgy and to gain a broader and more interconnected field of orientation. In addition to this expanding of the field, modern dance invites the dramaturg to develop tools to work with more complex performance materials than those that, for instance, cluster around a dramatic focus on structure, character, and meaning. Instead of striving to deliver a completed artwork for reception, movement-based and dance performances often become “events” that facilitate experiences both embodied and sensory. These events exist as performative products of the meeting between performance and audience and cannot be located within a compositional structure, or in such a structure’s ability to evoke the recognition of a conventional theatrical frame. Of course, not all of these developments in practice are new; rather, the news lies in the significant increase in the involvement of dramaturgs and dramaturgical strategies in community and theatrical dance contexts.

(Dr. Pil Hansen)

[2] PERsentations.

In the spirit of the “SHIFT” component recently adopted as part of Performance Studies international’s annual conference, PERsentations (Performance-Presentations) are sites of active, participatory practice/research interaction by teams of collaborating artists, scholars, and artist/scholars. Multiple slots in the schedule will be reserved specifically for PERsentations, which should involve the participation of conference attendees and which will include both indoor and outdoor events. Priority will be given to proposals that directly address the conference theme.

(PERsentation Coordinator, Dr. Bruce Barton)

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