Since their first American Society for The Theatre Research (ASTR) Working Group session at the 2010 conference in Seattle, the Performance and Ecology Working Group has spawned symposia, anthologies, and publications. Foremost among those is a new volume that grew out of the 2010 session: Readings in Performance and Ecology, eds., Wendy Arons and Theresa J. May (Palgrave 2012). The Working Group has continued valuable research on numerous fronts, including â€œEarth Matters on Stageâ€ conference at Carnegie Mellon University (2012) and â€œStaging Sustainabilityâ€ at York University (2011).
â€œThe rising tide of this focused research indicate not only a growing concern and mounting artistic will in the realm of ecological sensibility, but also faith in the imagination as a critical aspect of our individual and collective ecological identities.â€
This year, as part of ASTRâ€™s â€œTheatrical Historiesâ€ focus, they turn their attention to trans-cultural, trans-national, and trans-species performance in anticipation of a second volume of ecocritical writings on theatre and performance. The questions for the upcoming 2012 Working Group session, that will take place November 1st.- 4th 2012 include:
- Â How do transcultural and transnational performances re-map our understanding of what May has called â€œecodramaturgyâ€?
- Â What constitutes â€œtheatre of speciesâ€ (Chaudhuri) and how might these trans-species performances rearrange or reinterpret understandings of representation?
- Â How do the material characteristics of artistic sites condition the aesthetics of the work produced?
- Â What kinds of geological and geographical histories emerge alongside socio-cultural storytelling?
- Â How do intersecting histories â€“ indigenous, place-based, community-driven â€“ play out on stage in performance?
- Â How do ecological transitions, transmigrations, transmutations, transformations and transference shape artistic practice and meaning-making in the theatre?
- Â Other questions, approaches and topics that clearly address trans-national, trans-cultural, trans-species topics in performance.
Please send Abstracts as word attachments to both Working Group conveners below by May 31, 2012:
Theresa May, University of Oregon ( tmay33 [at] uoregon [dot] edu)
Nelson Gray, University of Victoria ( ncgray [at] uvic [dot] ca)
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)