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"Further Evidence on the Meaning of Musical Performance" Working Paper

Posted by Phillip Cartwright on January 15, 2020 at 21:28 0 Comments

Karolina Nevoina and I are pleased to announce availability of our working paper, "Further Evidence on the Meaning of Musical Performance". Special thanks to Professor Aaron Williamon and the Royal College of Music, Centre for Performance Science.…


Division of Labor - Denis Beaubois

Posted by Gabrielle Senza on February 23, 2018 at 0:36 0 Comments

I just came across Denis Beaubois, an Australian multidisciplinary artist whose work, Currency - Division of Labor might be of interest to researchers here.

It is a series of video/performance works that use the division of labor model in capitalism as a structural tool for performance.

From his website:

The Division of labour work explores…




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TaPRA Theatre Performance & Philosophy


TaPRA Theatre Performance & Philosophy

The focus of the group’s activity is the examination of any aspect of theatre and performance through philosophical frameworks. Ever since Aristotle’s Poetics in the West, and Natyashastra in what is now South Asia, philosophy has played a major role in relation to theatre, both in explaining the phenomena associated with theatre and in influencing theatre practice and theory. Besides examining the often overlooked historical links between philosophy and theatre in the works and plays of given thinkers like Hegel and Sartre, of particular interest to the TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy working group will be a) the use of theatrical metaphors in philosophy and the notion of the “performative” and performance, from Austin’s "How To Do Things with Words" to Derrida’s “Signature, Event, Context”; and b) the interaction of political and aesthetic philosophy with performance and performatives. The radical transformations of philosophy undertaken by thinkers such as Nietzsche, Bataille, Agamben, Lyotard, Deleuze, Debord, Baudrillard and Badiou only to mention a few, render philosophy itself as a theatre whose impact on our conception of culture and theatre as theory and function are hard to ignore. Our aim therefore is to seek to examine the potential practical and theoretical implications of such a turn as well as explore a wide range of philosophies from the political to the transcendental, from the aesthetic to the analytic, and from the environmental to the ideological in relation to performance (live or recorded), performativity, and theatre.

The TPP working group will meet annually at the TaPRA conference and maintain a lively debate in between through the organisation of themed interim events at various partner institutions. TPP has been developing advanced research on the interface of philosophy and theatre/performance studies for the past few years. Past themed interim events include, ‘Performing Sublimities’ (June 2011), ‘Performance and Biopolitics’ (April 2012) and currently ‘Performance and Mystical Experience’ (May 2013).  Selected papers of high quality research are published as edited collections. For any questions and expressions of interest to join the group/send an abstract, please contact convenors Eve Katsouraki (University of East London) and Tony Fisher  (Central School of Speech and Drama, London University).

For more information on TaPRA see:

Location: Co-convened by Eve Katsouraki, University of East London and Tony Fisher, Central School of Speech and Drama
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Comment by James Hamilton on June 5, 2017 at 17:56

I really wish I could go to the TaPRA conference this year in Salford. Unfortunately, funding -- and the fact I am going to the Performance Philosophy meeting in Prague in about two weeks -- prevents this.

I have always benefitted from the discussions at TaPRA. So, I am really sad...


Comment by James Hamilton on July 31, 2015 at 22:04

I am really looking forward to the TaPRA conference in Worcester. 

It looks like a good lineup of topics.


Comment by Sibila Petlevski on July 31, 2015 at 19:29

Dear Eve, dear Tony, 

congratulations on your TAPRA project and the scheme of your September conference. I am particularly interested in Science & Performance methodological questions. I am a full professor at the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb, currently leading the art and science project titled "How Practice-led Research in Artistic Performance Can Contribute to Science", and I am looking forward for possible joined sub-projects with TAPRA. However, I cannot join you in September because I organise a yearly seminar "Theatrum Mundi" for international doctoral students at IUC Inter-university centre in Dubrovnik. This year's topic is "Theatre of the Political Mind" and it takes place 7-12 September, exactly at the same time as your conference. Here are the links for IUC seminar and for my already completed "Spaces of Identity" project with some of the topics from the former editions of Theatrum Mundi. See: 

Let us keep in touch. Best from Sibila 

Comment by Eve Katsouraki on April 25, 2013 at 10:53
Comment by Eve Katsouraki on April 24, 2013 at 12:57

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