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EASTAP23 Final Programme & Book of Abstracts

The EASTAP23 Conference website has been updated and now includes the Final Programme and Book of Abstracts!




See you all in Aarhus next week!

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VI EASTAP Conference

Aarhus Conference Call for Papers

We have the pleasure to announce the 6th EASTAP Conference, Dimensions of Dramaturgy, which will take place at Aarhus University from 14 to 18 June 2023. Please visit the EASTAP conference website.

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EJTP Issue 6


The European Journal of Theatre and Performance is delighted to announce that Issue 6 is out now. The theme of the essays section is Fluidity Matters. To download the Table of Contents, please click HERE Members can access issue 6 and all past issues at https://journal.eastap.com Image: ‘The Pose’, by Costanza Macras and DorkyPark, 2017. Photo by Thomas Aurin.

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Farewell, Prof. Maya Harbuzyuk
15 Aug 23
EASTAP conference
Save the Date for EASTAP24
05 Jul 23
Rustom Bharucha joins EJTP Advisory Board
28 Jun 23
EJTP Issue 6
28 Jun 23
EASTAP conference
EASTAP23 - General Assembly Invite
15 May 23

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Call for papers (nr. 4) Performance, Ecology and the End of the World

Performance, Ecology, and the End of the World

(coord. Gustavo Vicente)

The reflection on the potential of performing arts to rethink humanity’s relationship with the natural domain has been gaining clearer contours since the end of the 20th century. The challenge launched by Una Chaudhuri in 1994, through her article “There must be a lot of fish in that lake: toward an ecological theater” –[i] which demanded from theatrical practice a consistent response to the environmental crisis – is, by many, considered the kick-off of the field of knowledge associated with what we today call Eco-performance or Eco-theatre. Since then, a growing number of authors have been delving deeper into the terms (material, philosophical, cultural, and/or political) through which artistic practice can be articulated with ecological thinking (e.g., Baz Kershaw, Wendy Arons and Theresa May, Alan Read, Vicky Angelaki, Carl Lavery, Lisa Woynarski), developing new questions and conceptual perspectives around the capacity of the performing arts to bring about a change in attitude towards the way we live on Earth.

One of the main issues addressed by this interdisciplinary field is the anthropocentric tradition of the theatrical medium itself, within which humanity has occupied the central role of artistic questioning, relegating contemporary practice to the sphere of culture, as opposed to a savage idea of nature that exists “outside” the world. Some more recent practice has attempted to break with this bipartite logic, insofar as it has sought to consider the natural environment, not only through its biological attributes but also ethical ones – recognizing, in this way, the complexity inherent to human understanding of the network of ecological relationships in which it is necessarily integrated and the intrinsic value of other forms of life.

Read the full CfP on the EASTAP website.

Call for papers deadline extended to 17 March!

Don’t forget that, in order to submian abstract, you must be a member of EASTAP. Please renew your membership on our website - link in bio.

See you in Sitges!

We are sad to learn of René Pollesch’s untimely passing. His more than 200 plays are and will remain unique memories: René Pollesch did not write his texts to be staged beyond the performances he himself created together with his actors and scenographers. They were published in print, but he did not allow them to be restaged by others. They were personal, they were in the moment, precisely by being cut and pasted textual montages. Only weeks before Pollesch’s sudden and unexpected death on 26 February, his latest piece had premiered at the Volksbühne, which he led as artistic director since 2021. It was entitled Well nothing is okay, a solo evening with Fabian Hinrichs who had already starred in Pollesch’s Kill Your Darlings. Pollesch became the darling of the 21st century theatre scene and urban intelligentsia across the German speaking countries – and while they laughed about the wit and esprit of Pollesch’s superficially banal textual outpourings, it escaped the most how his theatre exposed and ridiculed the intellectual and not least ethical vacuity of the dominant discourse and its celebrated protagonists. It was this vibrancy of engagement, this new way of thinking an epic-dialectic theatre of the present that, by refusing representation, all the more mirrored and critiqued the society within which it was embedded, that inspired and energised theatre makers across Europe – even if even they may not have understood a single word of the supercomplex montages. With Pollesch’s early death at the age of 61, the Volksbühne era that had commenced with Frank Castorf’s appointment in 1992, and where Pollesch had worked initially mainly in the satellite Prater stage, has come to its end. This is a loss for European theatre. ...

New #EASTAP24 Conference poster design! 🌱❤️ ...

EASTAP is pleased to announce the publication of the book, Performing Arts and Intimacy. The volume features the work of EASTAP colleagues Luk van den Dries, Alix de Morant, and Rui Pina Coelho.

The book can be downloaded free of charge from the link below: http://monographs.uc.pt/iuc/catalog/book/374

The relationship between performing arts and intimacy expresses itself in multiple and contradictory valences, creating heuristic possibilities with profound socio-political implications. The opening of the individual intimate sphere to other intimate spheres configures an act of interpersonal sharing that allows the privilege of the experience of another human being in that which is most profound and singular. But a fair analysis will lead us to recognize that, under certain circumstances, this space of intimacy may also (and perhaps should) legitimately remain closed to others. It is within this framework that, through their creators, theatre and the performing arts have developed interesting ways of dealing with problems of the intimate sphere in the contemporary world. Since performative work invariably leads to the investigation of bodily, emotional, mental, and relational processes of the human condition, this edition intends, through an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, to contribute to the mapping of the concept of intimacy in its relationship with the performing arts in a plural, political and affective way.

A book launch will take place on 25 October at 5pm. More info here: https://atuarnomundo.wixsite.com/atuar-no-mundo

Congratulations to playwright Jon Fosse for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature! 🥳 ...

The Executive Bureau of EASTAP is deeply saddened to learn about the untimely passing of our Ukrainian colleague professor Maya Harbuzyuk, Professor of Drama Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. We had only met this energetic pedagogue, inspired theatre dramaturg and engaged researcher, who was instrumental in introducing decolonial thinking into Ukrainian theatre studies in a pioneering way for European theatre research, at this year`s EASTAP conference in Aarhus in June. In a moving and deeply insightful presentation, she reflected there on how Ukrainian drama and theatre negotiates which voices are being heard and which narratives told in a drama about war produced within the war itself. We send our condolences to prof. Harbuzyuk`s family and her colleagues, and send particular sympathy to our colleagues at Jagiellonian University in Krakow who had supported her and other Ukrainian colleagues through the war, also sponsoring her participation at this year`s EASTAP conference. We will publish a commemoration on the organisation`s website in due course. ...

The European Journal of Theatre and Performance id delighted to announce that Rustom Bharucha, who was EASTAP’s first Associate Scholar, has joined the Journal’s Advisory Board.

Rustom Bharucha is a writer, cultural critic and dramaturg based in Kolkata, India. He is the author of several books including Theatre and the World, The Politics of Cultural Practice, Terror and Performance, The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular,Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin, Rajasthan: An Oral History, a co-edited volume with Paula Richman on Performing the Ramayana Tradition, and, more recently, The Second Wave: Reflections on the Pandemic through Photography, Performance and Public Culture.

Do check out our webinar with Prof. Bharucha in conversation with Dr Agata Łuksza, which is available on our website and Facebook page.

A warm welcome back to Prof. Bharucha!

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#EASTAP23 Day 2 has begun! Today we welcome our Associate Scholar Prof. Lola Proaño Gomez speaking about ‘The Dramaturgy of Research’ in the context of studying political theatre in Latin America. ...

The European Journal of Theatre and Performance, issue 6, is out now with the start of our #EASTAP23 conference! 🎉🥂

The theme of the essays section is: Fluidity Matters.

Members can access the journal via our website or directly at: https://journal.eastap.com/eastap-issue-6/.

The editorial team will launch the journal officially at the conference tomorrow, 15 June, during panel 3 from 10.30-11.30 at Kasernen, room 212.

If you are at the conference, please join us! #fluidity #eauropeantheatre

Photo: The Pose, by Constanza Macras & DorkyPark, 2017. Image by Thomas Aurin.

It’s HOT HOT HOT in Aarhus, folks!


Travel safely and don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, suncream, a hat and summer clothes! 🧢 🩱 🕶️ 🧳

#EASTAP23 officially starts tomorrow 🌈