“The Prague School Today: Rethinking Performance in Contemporary Context”

24 Mar 2018 - 09:00 / 24 Mar 2018 - 18:00

“The Prague School Today: Rethinking Performance in Contemporary Context”

University of Toronto,  March 23-24, 2018
Location: TBA

Friday, March 23.

9:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:15 Opening remarks
10:15-11:30 Panel 1:

Martin Revermann (U of Toronto)

“Beckett and the Theatrical Sign: Semiotic Interpretations”

Herta Schmid (U of Potsdam)

“Realism and Abstractionism in Otakar Zich’s Theory of Dramatic Art” (Demonstration of S. Beckett’s Act Without Words I, 1956)

11:30-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-1:00 Panel 2:

Yana Meerzon (U of Ottawa)

“Dramaturgies of Body: Performing Cosmopolitan Self in Solo and Duet Performances”

David Drozd (Masaryk U)

“Music, Voice and Signs in Movement”

1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4:00 Panel 3:

Nenad Jovanovic (Wright State U)

“The Medium (non-)Specific: Rope, Dogville, and Mukařovský’s Space-as-Meaning”

Andrés Pérez-Simón (U of Cincinnati)

“Breaking the Illusion in the World of Disney: The Case of Moana (2016)”

Laura Pontieri (U of Toronto)

“Animate, Inanimate and Beyond. Svankmajer’s Actors and Puppets”

4:00-4:15 Coffee break
4:15-5:15 Keynote speech:

Silvija Jestrovic (U of Warwick)

“Bodies and Objects on Stage and Street (After Veltruský)”




Saturday, March 24.

10:00-10:30 Book presentation:

Theatre Theory Reader: Prague School Writings (2016). Presented by David Drozd (Masaryk U) and Veronika Ambros (U of Toronto).

10:30-12:00 Panel 4:

Lisa Fitzpatrick (U of Ulster)

“The Cuchulain Plays of W.B. Yeats: Of Gods and Puppets”

Tatiana Smoliarova (???)

“Nina Simonovich-Efimova’s Adventures of a Russian Puppet Theater (1924, 1935) and Bogatyrev’s Theory of Theatrical Signs”

Paul J. Stoesser (U of Toronto)


12:00-12:15 Coffee break
12:15-1:15 Keynote speech:

Eva Šlaisová

“Performing Cathedral: Le Ballet des Ombres Heureuses in Light of the Prague School Theories”

1:15-2:15 Lunch break
2:15-3:30 Screening:

Woyzeck on the Highveld (by Handspring Puppet Company; adaptation of Georg Buchner’s play)

3:30-4:15 Roundtable:

Woyzeck on the Highveld: Puppetry and Film in Conversation

With Veronika Ambros (U of Toronto), Herta Schmid (U of Potsdam), and Lawrence Switzky (U of Toronto)

4:15-4:30 Concluding remarks