FOOT 2016: Staging Realities
This year’s theme focuses on the exploration of theatre’s interaction with the real, realness, and reality (in all its possible forms) and will engage in discussions of performance and how it is conceived of on stage, in everyday life, and within the digital world. Prompted by the recent resurgence of documentary, verbatim, site-specific, and other forms of theatre that make use of aspects of the real in their frame or content, as well as the increased cultural capital assigned to the “upsurges of the real” in performance, this year’s conference aims to explore the liminal space between reality and artifice: a space that troubles the easy division of fiction and fact, and is increasingly utilized by today’s most provocative theatre.
LISA AIKMAN is a PhD student entering her second-year at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, where she also obtained her Masters. She has also just begun the collaborative PhD program with Sexuality Diversity Studies. Her research centres on documentary theatre, specifically focused on the queer and feminist tensions and potentials in the genre. She is especially concerned with how queer and feminist plays attempt to re-claim lost histories and figures without re-producing patriarchal historiographies and grand narratives.
KELSEY JACOBSON is a PhD student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies whose research centres on audience perception and valuation of realness onstage in contemporary Canadian performance. Most recently she traveled to Calgary, AB to accompany Downstage Theatre Company on their tour of Good Fences, a show about the interaction between oil and gas and the arts, interviewing audience members throughout Southern Alberta. Her other research interests include metatheatre, affect, audience reception, and the cultivation of ‘authentic’ experiences in performance. While completing her MA at Queen Mary, University of London, she worked as a Junior Reseacher at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and wrote her dissertation on the effect of spatial configuration and perception of boundaries in determining audience reception, supervised by Dr. Bridget Escolme. She also completed an undergraduate thesis project at Queen’s University on cognitive conceptual blending in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, supervised by Dr. Jenn Stephenson. She has published works in Canadian Theatre Review and AllStages, and presented at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research Conference.
The call for papers and performances for FOOT 2016 has now been posted, and the new FOOT 2016 website is up and running go take a look 2016foot.wordpress.com. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015. Follow the conference on Twitter for all the latest news and updates at @FOOT_2016
Call for Papers, Performances and Artistic Works
Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT)
February 4-7, 2016
The 24th annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) invites proposals to our 2016 conference: Staging Realities. FOOT 2016 will engage in discussions of performance and how it is conceived of on stage, in everyday life, and within the digital world. Prompted by the recent resurgence of documentary, verbatim, site-specific, and other forms of theatre that make use of aspects of the real in their frame or content, as well as the increased cultural capital assigned to the “upsurges of the real” in performance, this year’s conference aims to explore the liminal space between reality and artifice: a space that troubles the easy division of fiction and fact, and is increasingly utilized by today’s most provocative theatre.
The theme of FOOT 2016, Staging Reality, speaks to the blending of reality and artifice: a blurring that has been receiving a great deal of academic attention in recent years, both in Canada and abroad. This blurring breaks down distinctions between the roles of audience, critic, artist, activist, and academic, as the opinions of “real people” are increasingly sought out by theatre makers, and artists increasingly turn their focus to the “real world” effect of their work.
FOOT 2016 invites proposals of papers, performances, staged readings, short films and workshops from scholars, artists, and activists who want to explore the blurring of theatricality and reality. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Applied and community based theatre
- Staging current events
- Memorials and historical re-enactments
- Theatre as/theatricality of protest and activism
- Site-specific performance
- Performance personas in a mediatized world
- The ethics of representing real people and events
- Non-actor performers
- Man on the street criticism and the “everyman” figure
- The use of cognitive science/affect in theatre and performance
- Realness as social capital/the draw of reality claims
- The reality of being an artist: theatre and economics
- Theatre/performance and “real-world” impact
- Virtual realities and digital performance
- Reality T.V., live broadcasting, simul-casting
- Documentary film
In recognition and celebration of the increasingly permeable boundaries between reality and performance, FOOT 2016 is especially interested in non-traditional proposals that blend art and academia, activism and criticism, or theory and practice.
In addition, FOOT 2016 is interested in staging original artistic works that engage with this year’s conference theme. Interested artists are highly encouraged to send a description of their artistic work along with an excerpt of up to 10 pages, if applicable.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
Please send a 300-word paper proposal or description of your artistic work, as well as a short bio to:
For more information check out our website:
February 5- 7 2015
Bringing together performance, film, art, activism and scholarship in an attempt to queer traditional understandings of theatre and performance studies. Join us in celebrating the achievements of queer theatre and performance, and as we showcase some of Canada’s greatest queer performers and welcome local and international scholars to explore queer theory and practice.
On February 5 we kickstart the conference with our Queernote Cabaret featuring performances by Jess Dobkin, Lishai Peel, the Yes-Men, hip-hop artist Nari, and many more. Following that will be two days of panel and paper presentations, alongside workshops, a staged reading, and a film screening of original videos focusing and queer and LGBT subject matter.
Schedule of Events:
Thursday February 5th, 2015:
8:00pm: The QueerNote Cabaret
Saturday February 7th, 2015
9:00am-4:00pm Conference Panels with scholars and artists
12:00pm-1:00pm Staged Reading of Tara Goldstein’s Sylvie and Castor
5:00pm-6:00pm Jing-at-Ju Karaoke: Interactive queering of Beijing Opera
8:00pm-10:00pm From Stage to Screen: Queer Film Night