12.09.2019 - 15.09.2019
OPEN CALL: [ OBSCENE ] Conference

Dramaturgy as practices of making (in)visible. A conference.

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ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts, Professorship for Dramaturgy & IPF / Institute for the Performing Arts and Film (IPF).
In collaboration with Gessnerallee Theater and the Schauspielhaus Zürich, with El Conde del Torrefiel, Phil Hayes, Hannah Hurtzig & Marian Kaiser, Bojana Kunst, Mamela Nyamza, students of MA Dramaturgy, artists of the Schauspielhaus Zürich and many more.

Dramaturgy: Lucie Tuma & Monika Gysel

Please send proposals naming the form of presentation until 31.5.2019 as abstract (max 500 words) +CV to:

The many deaths in old Greece’s antique drama occured ob-scenae, depicting a place beyond the scene and/or seen. Yet despise their placement, the dead weren’t marginal or of no importance, quite on the contrary. Core motive to this conference is the figure of thought of the obscene as that which unfolds OFF stage both concretely and as such as well as figuratively and metaphorically. Postdramatic and possibly post-dramaturgical procedures of knowledge production adress the not-shown, the un-seen, the hidden, the in-visible and the many ways of how things are situated [ OFF THE RECORD ].

Since the 1990s and with the development of the performative, understandings of dramaturgy have pluralized and changed. This assumption serves as a starting point for [ OBSCENE ] which aims to explore where and how dramaturgy occurs – as an amalgamation of practices, relationships and positionings between people, institutions, rehearsal spaces, performances,
temporalities and artistic strategies. The conference will bring together theatre and dance practitioners, students and interested members of the public, in order to discover, develop, reflect on and celebrate the art and dramaturgies of [ OBSCENE ]. The open call is adressed at thinkers in theater & dance science or performance studies at various points in their careers, members of neighboring or unrelated fields, at dramaturgs, artists, makers and activists of contemporary and future [ OBSCENES ].
Contributions of various formats are welcome, such as lectures (20min), proposals for panels (75min with 3 positions dealing with a particular topic & discussion), workshops or walks, all addressing a particular aspect [ OFF THE RECORD ]. Propositions / other forms of presentations not listed here are also welcome.