Theatre Architectures: Call for Papers

Special Issue of Theatre & Performance Design Journal

January 24 2019 - June 24 2019

Edited by Dr Andrew Filmer, Aberystwyth University, this special issue on ‘theatre architectures’ proposes an examination of the relationship between theatre and architecture that focuses on the work of scenographers, performance designers, and interdisciplinary spatial artists. Theatre and performance design is a field concerned as much with the authoring of social space and experience as it is about the specifics of design for theatrical performance. Scenography’s expanded and inclusive critical remit embraces a wide range of spatial practices and new media as well as exploring the agency and performativity of objects and materials. So, how are theatre and performance designers engaging with and re-authoring architecture, and what are the implications of this for the design of theatres and performance spaces? How are these artists’ projects redefining the possibilities of contemporary performance space?

This issue invites contributions that explore how expanded practices of theatre and performance design can shift our understanding of theatre architecture and performance space and open up new possibilities for social exchange and interaction. Looking beyond the theatre building as historic artefact, this issue will consider how designers are exploring and exploiting the performativity of architecture and challenging its presumed fixity. Recognizing that site-specific, relational, and spatially inventive modes of working have in many respects rejected traditional theatre architecture, this issue will also explore how these practices can also re-enable theatres and performance spaces to perform valuable roles as dynamic sites of artistic production, communal gathering, and social expression. For further details and suggested topics, please see attached poster.

In the first instance proposals should take the form of a 300 word abstract to be submitted to editorial associate Nick Tatchell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by January 24th 2019.

For accepted proposals the deadline for full articles, 6.000-8.000 words, or alternative forms of submission is June 24th 2019.

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