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The Theatrical Event
The Theatrical Event Working Group was established in Puebla, Mexico in 1997. It was formed from a merger between the Sociology and Theatre, and the Audience and Reception Working Groups. The working group continues to work on these areas of research, but has expanded its interests into new fields.
A Theatrical Event is qualified by someone doing something, ostentatiously enough to be distinguished from everyday life, and someone who observes the doer, and acknowledges that what is being done is different. Theatre becomes theatre by being an event, in which two partners engage in a playful relationship. (Theatrical Events, Rodopi 2004: 11)
The group’s mission is to rethink and reconsider the fundamental definitions, limitations and structures of the Theatrical Event. It has adopted a series of methodological criteria and their interconnections to discuss any theatrical event:
The group accepts discussion on subjects that concern happenings within a theatre, as well as events that occur outside a theatre but bear theatrical characteristics, which can be analysed through the lens of theatre studies.
The Theatrical Event working group functions by deciding upon a theme and circulating papers pertinent to that theme before the annual IFTR conference, which are read by all participants. Anyone who is a paid up member of the IFTR can participate in the working group, either by submitting a paper, or by attending the sessions to listen to the discussions. During working group sessions, a short presentation of each paper is given, followed by discussion by the whole group.
The group also organises intermediate working meetings from time to time to continue discussions, and work on eventual publications. Next intermediate meeting will be held in Europe spring 2023, the theme will be Theatre for Young Audience (TYA), Amateur Theatre and Student Theatre.
Contributors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the books the Working Group has published, in particular some of the theoretical ideas and models which were presented in their various publications.
- Theatrical Events. Borders, Dynamics, Frames, edited by Vicki Ann Cremona, Peter Eversmann, Hans van Mannen, Willmar Sauter and John Tulloch. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004. This book contains theories and methodologies that allow the reader to understand the concepts behind what is meant by 'theatrical event'. Details here.
- Festivalising! Theatrical Events, Politics and Culture, edited by Temple Hauptfleisch, Shulamith Lev-aladgem, Jacqueline Martin, Willmar Sauter and Henri Schoenmakers. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. Details here.
- Playing Culture. Conventions and Extensions of Performance, edited by Vicki Ann Cremona, Rikard Hoogland, Gay Morris, Willmar Sauter. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014. Details here.
- Poetics of Playing. Fictionality, Reality and Playing in between, Nordic Theatre Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2014. Edited by Anneli Saro, Ulla Kallenbach, Rikard Hoogland.Open Access publication.
- Theatre Scandals. Social Dynamics of Turbulent Theatrical Events, edited by: Vicki Ann Cremona, Peter Eversmann, Bess Rowen, Anneli Saro, Henri Schoenmakers. Leiden/Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2020. Details here.
Smadar Mor, Tel Aviv University: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rikard Hoogland, Stockholm University: email@example.com
Reports of Past Conferences : see Resources page
The Theatrical Event working group’s Call for papers From research towards publication: new fields to be investigated Intermediate meeting, Stockholm April 20-22, 2023 Read more
Call for Papers, IFTR Reykjavik 2022 WG the Theatrical Event: Challenging Theatre Studies: Theatre for/by Young People, Amateur Theatre and Student Theatre Read more