Performing Greece, currently in its third year, returns to Birkbeck this December. In an increasingly difficult time for European artists working in the UK, contemporary Greek theatre, like its cinema, is also increasingly relevant – both in its exploration of crisis and immigration, and in its role in the reception of classical Greek drama. There have been a number of successful productions of contemporary Greek theatre lately in the UK – in venues such as The National, Royal Court and Barbican, but fringe venues also – as well as a recent conference at the University of Oxford on Karolous Koun. Reflecting on the presence and potential of this theatrical culture, Performing Greece brings together scholars, critics and theatremakers to explore contemporary Greek theatre in the UK and beyond. At the previous two conferences, apart from academic papers, we’ve also presented staged readings of new Greek plays and are keen to present more, and to inspire fruitful discussion between academics, writers, performers and theatre artists in general.
Performing Greece will be a one-day event and will take place on 9 December 2017 at Birkbeck College, University of London. Those interested are welcome to submit proposals for individual papers or performances on any topic related to Contemporary Greek Drama and Culture. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
- Modern and contemporary Greek directors and/or playwrights
- The reception of ancient Greek drama in modern Greece
- New Greek playwriting
- The relation between Greek theatre and European theatre
- The current state of theatre and the arts in Greece
- Theatre education (e.g. differences in actor training in Greek and British drama schools, different approaches to theatre studies in Greek and British universities)
- The work of Greek theatre artists in the UK and beyond (not necessarily to do with topics relevant to Greece)
The conference welcomes proposals for presentations and performances from any discipline and theoretical perspective. Please send a title and a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper or 5-20 minute performance (rehearsed reading or screening) along with your name, affiliation and a 100 word biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 November 2017.
Performing Greece III is organised by Dr. Christos Callow Jr, Birkbeck, University of London http://birkbeck.academia.edu/ChristosCallowJr and Dr. Andriana Domouzi, Royal Holloway, University of London http://royalholloway.academia.edu/AndrianaDomouzi