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 Shauna Janssen [shauna.janssen@concordia.ca] (2021-2025)

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

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

 

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, Reykjavik June 2022

Call For Papers: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group, Reykjavik June 2022

22 November, 2021 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

The Theatre & Architecture Working Group invites proposals from researchers and practitioners for our meeting during the 2022 IFTR World Congress Read more

Performing Grounds: Unsettling Cultural Landscapes

Performing Grounds: Unsettling Cultural Landscapes

05 November, 2021 by Andrew Filmer | 0 comments

An online gathering with thinkers, designers and artists from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific (Moana Nui a Kiwa) and Turtle Island (Canada). Read more

Reissued Call for Papers: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group, Online Conference July 2021

Reissued Call for Papers: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group, Online Conference July 2021

14 December, 2020 | 0 comments

The Theatre & Architecture Working Group invites proposals from researchers and practitioners for our meeting during the 2021 Online IFTR Conference Read more

Online Meeting: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group

Online Meeting: IFTR Theatre & Architecture Working Group

04 August, 2020 | 0 comments

Due to the rescheduling of IFTR’s Galway Conference to next year we have decided to hold our own 2-hour online meeting on August 13th [8pm/UK, 2pm/Chicago, 3pm/Montreal, 4pm/Rio, 10pm/Israel] Read more

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 | 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 | 0 comments

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

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