VIRAL THEATRES: PANDEMIC PAST / HYBRID FUTURES SYMPOSIUM
How hybrid is the future of theatre? In what ways has the pandemic changed how we work in theatre and gather in it as a public space?
We would like to invite you to our Symposium Viral Theatres: Pandemic Past/Hybrid Futures as we explore these questions. In three days of events, we will take stock of how pandemic time has moved from a state of exception to new normality between viral outbreak and containment and what that means for theatrical production.
The symposium brings together theatre practitioners and scholars in a series of discussion panels and debates.
Doris Kolesch (Freie Universitët Berlin, Germany), in conversation with Ben Walmsley (Leeds University, U.K), April 28, 2022, 11 am EST
“Convening Post/Pandemic Audiences”
David Harradine (Fevered Sleep / Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, U.K), in conversation with Fintan Walsh, (University of London, U.K.), April 29, 2022, 8:45 am EST
“Pandemic Grief and Other Digital Feelings”
Vicky Angelaki (Mid-Sweden University, Sweden), in conversation with Christiane Kühl (doublelucky productions, Germany), April 29, 1 pm EST
“The Pandemic and the Anthropocene”
Miriam Felton-Dansky (Bard College Annandale, U.S.A.), in conversation with Seda Ilter (Birkbeck, University of London, U.K.), April 30, 8:15 am EST
“From Mediaturgy to Virality - What Concepts Do We Need to Understand Post/Pandemic Performance?”
Sarah Ellis (Royal Shakespeare Company, U.K.), Tina Lorenz (Staatstheater Augsburg, Germany), Björn Lengers (Cyberräuber, Germany), Chris Ziegler (movingimages.de, Germany), April 30, 9:30 am EST
Panel: “Building Virtual Stages - XR in Performance”
Christian Rakow (Nachtkritik, Germany), Magda Romanska (metaLAB (at) Harvard), Ulf Otto (LMU, Germany), April 30, 11:30 am EST
Panel: “Theatre’s Hybrid Futures”
The Viral Theatres-Research Project, a collaboration of the Free University, the Humboldt University, and Bard College Berlin, is funded by the VolkswagenFoundation. The Opening Events are co-financed by the research project “Extended Audiences” in the Research Area “Travelling Matters” at the EXC2020 “Temporal Communities” and take place with support from the metaLAB (at) Harvard & FU Berlin, the Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Centers, and the Open Society University Networks.