Theatre & Architecture

Theatre & Architecture

The purpose of the Theatre & Architecture Working Group is to explore all that theatre architecture has been historically, is at present, and might be in the future.

We consider built projects alongside unbuilt or speculative architectures, studying these from a wide range of practical and theoretical perspectives. We continue to investigate the ways in which space can be manipulated to bring performers and spectators into dynamic relationship inside traditional theatre auditoria, while also asking how else the disciplines of theatre and architecture inter-sect. Over the next four years (2015-19), we will be focusing on three major strands of enquiry: a) theatre projects - especially those that provide insights into performing arts venues beyond Europe and North America); b) inter-disciplinary practices - including performance practices that closely engage with, radically undermine, critically re-examine or nakedly depend on architecture for their meaning and value, and architectural practices which employ performance, performativity and/or theatricality to transform our experiences of the built environment; c) inter-disciplinary pedagogies - especially those driven by the question of what is gained for students of one discipline in the encounter between that discipline and the other. We seek to develop theoretical paradigms appropriate to theatre and architecture and to the relationship between them – articulating the many contemporary sites of exchange between these fields and re-examining historical encounters in the light of recent developments in spatial theory and design practice, architecture theory and practice, and theatre/performance studies.

The Theatre & Architecture Working Group is currently composed of scholars and practitioners and industry professionals working in or between theatre, performance, architecture and spatial design. The Working Group is made up of members living/working in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

 

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Working Group Convenors:

Dr Andrew Filmer [awf@aber.ac.uk] (2012-2020)

Prof Dorita Hannah [dorita.m.hannah@gmail.com] (2018-2022)

 

Past Working Group Convenors:

Dr Juliet Rufford (2010-2018)

Prof Frank Hildy (2006-2012)

 

The image is from National Theatre Wales' production of Aeschylus' The Persians (2010) directed by Mike Pearson and designed by Mike Brookes and Simon Banham

 

Call for Papers: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group, Galway July 2020

Call for Papers: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group, Galway July 2020

25 November, 2019 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

The Theatre & Architecture Working Group invites proposals from researchers and practitioners for our meeting during the 2020 IFTR Conference Read more

IFTR Shanghai Conference Report

IFTR Shanghai Conference Report

25 November, 2019 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

In July 2019 the Theatre & Architecture Working Group met during the IFTR Conference in Shanghai. Read more

Theatre and Performance Design Call for Papers Special Issue: Theatre Architectures

Theatre and Performance Design Call for Papers Special Issue: Theatre Architectures

18 December, 2018 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

Guest editor Andrew Filmer is seeking proposals for a special issue of the journal Theatre and Performance Design on the topic of Theatre Architectures (Autumn 2019; Vol. 5 No. 3) Read more

Call For Papers: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group, Shanghai July 2019

Call For Papers: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group, Shanghai July 2019

15 November, 2018 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

The Theatre & Architecture Working Group invites proposals from researchers and practitioners for our meeting during the 2019 IFTR Conference Read more

Call For Participants:  THE QUEST - PERFORMING WITH THE GHOST (Prague / 7-12 June / 2019)

Call For Participants: THE QUEST - PERFORMING WITH THE GHOST (Prague / 7-12 June / 2019)

29 October, 2018 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

Ephemera Collective joins forces with theatremakers IN A 5-DAY SITE-BASED ADVENTURE in Prague at Prague Quadrennial 2019 (https://www.pq.cz/) and is looking for participants! Read more

IFTR Belgrade Conference Report

IFTR Belgrade Conference Report

20 July, 2018 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

In July 2018 the Theatre Architecture Working Group met during the IFTR World Congress in Belgrade. Read more

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