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

University of Toronto (March 23-24, 2018)
Emmanuel College, Room 302
75 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1K7

Organizer: Andrés Pérez-Simón (U of Cincinnati).
Conference volunteers: Braxton Boyer, Anna Paliy and Teresa Valentini (U of Toronto).
Sponsoring departments: Centre for Comparative Literature; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; and Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

Special thanks: Anthoula Vlahakis, Bao Nguyen, Professors Jill Ross, and Leo Livak.



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: Hitchcock’s Rope 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).
10:30-11:30 Panel 4:

Lisa Fitzpatrick (U of Ulster)

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

Tatiana Smoliarova (University of Toronto)

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

11:30-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-12:45 Keynote speech:

Eva Šlaisová, Charles University

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

12:45-1:45 Lunch break
1:45-3:00 Screening of Woyzeck on the Highveld (by Handspring Puppet Company; adaptation of Georg Buchner’s play)
3:00-4:00 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)

4:00-4:15 Concluding remarks

updated: Feb 27, 2018


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