THEATRE IN CONTEXT - Bitef Polyphony 2015

23.09.2015. 00:00 | Belgrade

International symposium “Theatre in context“  will be held from September 23rd  until September 25th 2015 in Belgrade (Serbia), as a part of 16th Bitef Polyphony.

The symposium is dedicated to the analysis, contextualization and critical interpretation of contemporary theories and performing practices, as well as to understanding of principles, mechanisms and value system, which include various aspects of their application.

The aim of the symposium is to acquire and exchange insights about the multiplied opportunities of the contemporary theatrical theories, methods and techniques, both in education and in programs of psychosocial support for vulnerable or marginalized groups, and also within other practices which are oriented at social change and the development of a community culture.  Symposium is designed for scholars, theoreticians, professionals, critics, artists and activists, who are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cultural phenomena.

The symposium has several sections, each is dedicated to a particular topic, including: drama in education, community theater, techniques of Augusto Boal in the contemporary practices, the principles of participation in the work with vulnerable groups, political performative practices, etc. Several experts of scientific, artistic or activist background are invited to take part in each thematic section . Their dialogue expands and complements with the contribution of other guests in the audience.

Symposium “Theatre in context” ends with the eponymous section in which students of art theory and culture management present their original works in the field of contemporary performing practices and their contextualization.

Symposium “Theatre in context”  is organized by Hop.La! as a part of 16th Bitef Polyphony, in cooperation with the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, and UNESCO Chair in cultural policy and management University of Arts in Belgrade, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. Official languages of the conference are Serbian (former Serbo-Croatian language area) and English. Participation is free.

Program committee

Prof. Milena Dragićević Šešić, PhD (FDU Belgrade, Serbia)

Assoc. Prof. Ana Marjanović Shane, PhD (Chestnut College Pennsylvania, USA)

Assoc. Prof. Silvija Jestrović, PhD (University of Warwick, UK)

Assoc. Prof. Janko Ljumović, Msc (FDU Cetinje, Montenegro)

Ass. Prof. Michal Babiak,  PhD (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Komenski Bratislava, Slovakia)

Ass. Prof. Irena Ristić, PhD (FDU Belgrade, Serbia)

Ljubica Beljanski Ristić, drama pedagogue (founder of Cedeum and Bitef Poliphony, Belgrade, Serbia)

Boris Čakširan, director, choreographer and costume designer (Erg Status, Belgrade, Serbia)

Ass. Prof. Vlatko Ilić, PhD (FDU Belgrade, Serbia)

Organizational committee

Sandra Stojanović, MA

Dr Vlatko Ilić, doc.  FDU Belgrade, Serbia

Dr Irena Ristić, doc.  FDU Belgrade, Serbia

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