European and Western performance discourse historically has often presumed a hegemonic and majority white field of practice despite an increasingly diverse European population. How does the present reality of European theatre and performance challenge traditional assumptions? And how specifically does formal innovation provide the space for critiques of power and hierarchy that may rework the concept of “Europe” as realized through performance? How have artists responded through form to neoliberalism and globalization in the wake of the most recent world economic crisis and how does their specifically European context set the terms of this response?
Meanwhile, experimental performance
methodologies including devising, site-specific approaches, performance
art and new media are increasingly taught within universities, signaling
an integration of knowledge that may confirm the field of the
“contemporary” through institutional status, but suggests that these
practices may no longer be the cutting edge. By considering
macro-European trends in relationship to national case studies, “Pushing
Form” will explore the meaning of “contemporary,” “European” and
“performance” in relationship to each other. We hope to map not only the
current field, but what may lie just beyond it.
For further information, please contact any of the conference organizers:
Dr Charlotte McIvor, NUI, Galway: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 00 353 91 492631
Dr Siobhán O'Gorman, Trinity College Dublin: email@example.com
Dr Miriam Haughton, University of Ulster: firstname.lastname@example.org
'Pushing Form' is sponsored by the Millennium Fund and NUI Galway Drama and English.