Call for Papers for Performance Design Futures Symposium 2022

Feb 10, 2022

Intended for academics and practitioners in scenography and performing arts related fields.

Open call for abstracts for the upcoming Performance Design Futures Symposium, scheduled to take place between the 8th - 10th  April, in Nicosia, Cyprus. The abstract submissions may be for short paper presentations (15 minutes), provocations (10 minutes) and performative presentations (15 minutes). Abstracts may correspond to one or more of the symposium thematics as listed below, discussing new practices and innovative ideas regarding the field. 
This international hybrid symposium aims to open a dialogue for the development of Performance Design and future practices around the world and in Cyprus. Further to that, our aim is to open a discussion around building academic courses of study on Scenography within the Cypriot Higher Education Institutions. 
The theme: 
The title Performance Design Futures refers to the new tendencies within the field of scenography to move outside the theatrical stage, and the need for the role of the performance designer to become more political.
Performance Design is defined as “ […] a loose and inclusive term that asserts the role of artists [and] designers in the conception and realisation of events, as well as their awareness of how design elements not only actively extend the performing body, but also perform without and in spite of the human body. […] In harnessing the dynamic forces inherent to environments and objects and insisting on a co-creative audience as participatory players, it provides a critical tool to reflect, confront and realign world views.” (Hannah and Harslǿf, 2008, p.18)
Symposium thematics: 
1.    Performance Design in the Urban Realm 
2.    Performance Design as Dramaturgy 
3.    Performance Design and Sustainability 
4.    Performance Design in Higher Education
Confirmed Keynote speakers: 

Key dates:

Please send abstracts by 07 March 2022 and questions to performancedesignfutures@gmail.com   
The symposium is organised by CYCSTAT (Cyprus Centre of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians) and it is funded by the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth. 
Symposium Curators: