BETWEEN: Page / Stage. Complicite. John Berger
Annual festival & conference in Sopot - call for papers
17-19 May 2012
(Festival 14-20 May 2012)
Institute of English, University of Gdansk & University of Salzburg, Austria
Between is the third annual literary conference/festival held in Sopot, Poland, organized under the umbrella of Back2. Find us on www.back2.pl
Between has three related focuses.
Page / Stage
We want to consider the ever-changing relations between stage and page. We aim to provide an opportunity for a theoretical discussion about the various roles performed by playwrights, directors, producers, actors and stage designers. We want to investigate the ways in which they inspire, reject, transform, disrespect, follow the work of one another. Or, as is the case with John Berger and Complicite, the ways in which writers and theatre collaborate. We invite proposals of a theoretical character, as well as those which concentrate on particular playwrights, individual texts and/or their theatre productions. Because we wish to explore relations BETWEEN literature and drama, we are equally interested in non-dramatic literary inspirations in the theatre and in the impact the theatre has on literature. Send abstracts of around 300 words to between(at)ug.edu.pl by 15 February 2012.
John Berger is one of the most original and provocative voices in contemporary British fiction. For decades his prose has challenged traditional boundaries - between art and politics, between prose and verse, between fiction and essay, between page and theatre, between the written and the visual, between the local and the cosmopolitan, between the national and the international, and between individual and collaborative work. His writing deserves recognition and serious scholarly-critical attention. As Geoff Dyer wrote in 1986, "Berger is one of our greatest writers."
We invite abstracts for papers on any aspect of Berger's work, although we are particularly interested in discussions of the betweenness of his œuvre and of how his work constantly challenges conventional and traditional demarcations. Send abstracts of around 300 words to between(at)ug.edu.plbetween(at)ug.edu.pl by 15 February 2012.
The outstanding British-based theatre company has been a major source of innovation in the theatre since its foundation in 1983. It has consistently challenged the boundaries of the traditional theatre, and yet produced work that has won widespread acclaim. Its perspective is international: major productions draw on the work of Bertolt Brecht, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Haruki Marukami. Mnemonic moves between England and the Alps. The company also straddles intellectual borders in A Disappearing Number. It draws on literary texts, for example Bruno Schulz's, but also that of John Berger.
Between will offer the first venue for a consideration of Complicite's theatre - between page and stage, between conventions, between national cultures. We invite papers on any aspects of the work of Complicite, its dramas, its theatre, its productions, its aesthetics. Send abstracts of around 300 words to between(at)ug.edu.pl by 15 February 2012.
The annual festival in Sopot has been taking place since 2010. One of its main objectives is to bridge the gap between artists and scholars, so it provides numerous possibilities for participation in theatre workshops, public discussions, and performances. Another major aim is to confront text-oriented (neo-formalist) studies in which the organizers are particularly interested with other approaches to literature and theatre.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers/Workshop Leaders/Performers/Theatre Companies
Professor Paul Allain (University of Kent at Canterbury)
Professor Dan Rebellato (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Professor John Bowen (York University)
Professor Stanley E. Gontarski (Florida State University)
Professor Jerzy Jarniewicz (University of Łódź)
Fay Lecoq (L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris)
Marcello Magni Debbie Mulholland (Mulholland Academy, Amsterdam)
Douglas Rintoul (Transport)
Teatr Wierszalin (Supraśl, Poland)
Prof. David Malcolm
Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski
Dr Monika Szuba
Dr Wolfgang Görtschacher