The conference will be the first of its time. My talk “Mediating Cultural Meanders: Dance, Narration, Music” will discuss the circulation of intangible cultural phenomena using the examples of Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun and his performance “Nijinsky Siam” as well as the figure and stories of Mullah/Hodja Nasreddin.
In my talk “Far-Flung | Centre-Staged: Severino Montano’s Arena and the ‘National Theatre’ in Manila in the 1950s and 1960”, I will elaborate on Montano’s establishment of an Arena Theatre in Manila and rural areas in the Philippines in the 1950s and 1960s, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Severino Montano (1915–1980) was an influential playwright and director. Born in Manila, he received his education in drama and economy primarily in Great Britain and the United States. After 12 years of studying and working abroad, he returned to Manila in order to build up the Arena Theatre and establish drama education in the Philippines.
SIBMAS – das ist die Société Internationale des Bibliothèques et Musées des Arts du Spectacle, eine Gesellschaft, die es seit nurmehr 65 Jahren gibt. Ihre Mitglieder stammen aus 35 unterschiedlichen Ländern. Sie alle teilen das professionelle Engagement und die Leidenschaft für die darstellenden Künste, Theater, Oper, Tanz, Musical, Puppenspiel, Kostüm, Maske, Bühnenbild, Performance und so weiter. Alle zwei Jahre richtet SIBMAS große Konferenzen aus. Im vergangenen Jahr fand die Tagung in Paris statt; im kommenden Jahr, 2020, werden sich die Mitglieder in Warschau treffen. Das Thema der Konferenz 2020 ist Performing the Future. Institutions and politics of memory.
Seit der Pariser Konferenz bin ich Mitglied des Executive Committee von SIBMAS, seit November 2018 Acting President. Anfang Juni traf sich das ExCom zu seinem jährlichen Meeting in Warschau; auch, um die Veranstaltungsorte für die kommende Konferenz zu besichtigen, die vom Instytut Teatralny organisiert wird. Das Institut liegt inmitten des wunderschönen Lazienki-Parks, einer schier nicht enden wollenden Grünanlage mit Orangerie, dem Königlichem Theater aus dem 18. Jahrhundert, Kunstmuseen, Botanischem Garten, kleinen Schlössern, einem ‘antiken’ Freilichttheater, Gewässern, Skulpturen etc. Die Konferenz wird überwiegend in der Biblioteka Uniwersytecka stattfinden, einem cleveren Bau im Stadtteil Powiśle, direkt an der Weichsel, der 1999 eingeweiht wurde, und dessen Dach komplett bepflanzt ist. Ein weiterer Partner der SIBMAS 2020-Konferenz ist das Museum der Geschichte der polnischen Juden, das erst 2003 eröffnet wurde.
Die Konferenzwird vom 2. –5. Juni 2020stattfinden.
From 16-20 March 2020, our ERC funded project“Developing Theatre: Building Expert Networks for Theatre in Emerging Countries after 1945“ at LMU Munich will be organizing an international conference in collaboration with Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa on the topic Theatre for Development (TfD): Historical and Institutional Perspectives.
The thrust of the conference will be to contextualize the emergence of TfD, especially in the first decades in Africa. From its early beginnings in the 1970s under different nomenclatures and practices –such as “popular theatre”, or “community theatre” – TfD quickly transformed itself into a coherent organizational field capable of attracting significant governmental and NGO funding. It also affected a change in the teaching and practice of theatre studies in many African countries. The argument could be made that the success of TfD in the Global South has contributed significantly to the emergence of Applied Theatre as a sub discipline in many Global North countries.
This conference seeks to explore the genealogy, the varied contexts of its development, theories and institutional perspectives. Key issues the conference will interrogate include the varied manifestations of the genre and its influence across cultures and continents; funding (Governmental and NGOs), networks of individuals and institutions that propelled its rapid growth and acceptance within academic and non-academic contexts.
We welcome contributions which engage with and provoke dialogue about the historiography of the Theatre for Development paradigm. Topics might include, but are not limited to the following:
• Historiography and Archiving of Theatre for Development
• Periodization and diffusion
• Seminal figures and initiators
• The dialectics of Africa’s development and Theatre for Development
• Integrating (new) media into TfD
• The politics of funding (governmental and NGOs) and influence on TfD
• Theories, Training and TfD Practitioners
• Theatre for Development within and outside the academia
• Networks, institutions and organizations
• Critical reflections within the field
• Brecht, Freire, Boal and the emergence of TfD
Deadline for paper proposals (abstract & short biographical note) is 30 May, 2019.
The understanding of what is historic(al), how to write history and how to archive the past depends largely on the temporal and cultural setting of societies. Against the background of increasing globalization and transnational as well as transregional mobilities in contemporary times, the traditional eurocentric writing of theatre history, too, has become subject to revision during the past decade. Global, transnational or transcultural studies and history have provided a discursive framework for reconsidering the (performing) arts, and for highlighting the study of connections, transregional or transnational exchange, networks, circulation and mobility. Theatre has ever since been a very mobile art form, open to new forms and ideas, a playground for negotiating politics, history, ethics and gender politics––, and a means of representing local and national values.
How can we keep these dynamics and counter-dynamics in mind when writing theatre histories, what methodological challenges do we need to face? When, how, and in which shape does “Europe” step in? Who owns, collects, stores, and claims the heritage of “European theatre” in a world of connections? In my talk, I am going to elaborate on the paradoxes and challenges adumbrated above by selected examples from the theatre history of the early twentieth century including WWI. By doing so, I shall introduce parameters and historiographical approaches as initiated within the framework of Global Theatre Histories.