Engaging with this emerging prominence, the conference welcomes scholars and art practitioners to present their academic and/or artistic engagements with the essay form. Unlike the realm of literature and film, the essay form in the field of performing arts, visual arts and curatorial practices has received only modest attention. The goal of this three-day conference is to continue the mapping the essay form in these disciplines. By doing so, the conference aims to enrich the existing vocabulary of theatre and performance studies and aspires to resolve the hiatus between the existing theories on the essay. The conference’s emphasis on the essay form beyond the field of literature and film by no means that scholars or artists operating in these fields are not welcome. On the contrary, by assembling a wide variety of contemporary perspectives on the essay form this conference aspires to create a productive dialogue between more established fields of study on the essay and the new articulations presented during this gathering.
Talks and panel sessions, 27. – 29.04., Ghent University
‘Scenography as invitation’, 27.04., 13.30h:
How to get away from representative theatre towards a collective process? How to create an essay by many different voices? Using the example of a project development at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, I describe the role of scenography as a narrative structure, a theatrical landscape, a host for both the performers and the audience. Fragments of narrations, research and music are displayed and dissected as in an archaeological site. The setting invites to take part, to create new narrations through your own personal authorship. It is supposed to stay in flux and unfinished.