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Summer Seminars 2011 / wykłady mistrzowskie

Prof. Ian Watson {16 września}
Prof. Maria Shevtsova {23 września}

Wykłady w języku angielskim / Wstęp wolny

16 września {piątek} 17:30
  • Instytut Grotowskiego, Sala Kinowa, Rynek-Ratusz 27

Prof. Ian Watson
Performance as a Paradigm of Cultural Analysis

ABSTRACT: We live in a media saturated world where our shrinking attention span privileges the photo opportunity, sound bite, and evermore inventive twitter-oriented delivery systems over considered argument or analysis. In such an environment, performance (or more accurately, performativity) is an important factor in how society shapes thinking and decision making. It has become what Michel Foucault identified as a discourse: a discourse of persuasion, ideology, power, and knowledge delivery. The ubiquity of television and the expanding use of the internet in politics, for instance, ensure that managed presentation is a decisive factor in political campaigns, voter choice, and influencing public opinion. This is a domain in which impressions trump substance and reasoned choice; a place in which ‘appearing’ presidential usurps the genuine attributes of leadership. Politics are but the obvious tip of the iceberg. Consider the role of the performative in pedagogy. The highly successful Sesame Street ‘method’, in which learning is driven by performance or the cognitive-affective school of thought that argues learning should be a combination of knowledge acquisition and emotional identification by incorporating applied problem solving in the learning process. Politics and education are but two examples of social behavior in which the performance/performativity dynamic influences the message, our perception of it, and subsequent behavior. Others areas where the dynamic is equally important include, at the very least: pop culture, civic power, community development and engagement strategies, advertising as well as consumerism, and in the application and uses of technology – most especially as it applies to social networking.
The lecture will introduce the notion of the performance/performativity dynamic, discuss its importance in contemporary society, and offer methodologies and strategies to analyze it.

Ian Watson teaches at Rutgers University-Newark where he is Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media as well as the Coordinator of the Theatre Program. He is the author of Towards a Third Theatre: Eugenio Barba and the Odin Teatret (Routledge, 1993, 1995) and Negotiating Cultures: Eugenio Barba and the Intercultural Debate (Manchester University Press, 2002). He edited Performer Training across Cultures (Harwood/Routledge, 2001). He has contributed chapters to over a dozen books, and published numerous articles in journals such as New Theatre Quarterly, About Performance, The Drama Review, Dialog, Issues in Integrative Studies, The Latin American Theatre Review, Asian Theatre Journal, Latin American Theatre Review and Gestos. He is an Advisory Editor for New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre, Dance and Performer Training and About Performance.
Professor Watson has worked in television, film and the theatre. He trained as a theatre director at the famed National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia. He holds both a masters degree and Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. His current work investigates the ways in which performance has become an important factor in how media, civil society, politics and education shape learning, thinking and decision making.

23 września {piątek} 17:30
  • Instytut Grotowskiego, Sala Kinowa, Rynek-Ratusz 27

Prof. Maria Shevtsova
Directors Invent ‘Theatricality’: Focus on Vsevolod Meyerhold and Ariane Mnouchkine

Maria Shevtsova
is the Chair Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London, having held Chairs previously at the University of Lancaster (Founding Chair) and University of Connecticut, USA. She was Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Sydney. She has established the sociology of theatre and performance as a discipline, and has developed various methodologies for this area of research, including sociocultural performance analysis and contextualization.
Shevtsova’s administrative duties at Goldsmiths include Director of Research, PhD Admissions and Staff Development in the Department of Drama, and numerous major committees such as the Research and Enterprise Committee of Goldsmiths as a whole. Her teaching experience is considerable, both national and international, involving students of various levels from undergraduate to postgraduate. In recent years she has focused on postgraduate students, running an MA course Performance and Culture and a PhD Seminar on Research Methodologies, as well as Goldsmiths-wide seminars on Academic Practice.

Her books include Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance (2004), Robert Wilson (2007), Directors/Directing: Conversations on Theatre (2009) and Sociology of Theatre and Performance (2009). She is the author of more than one hundred articles in refereed journals and chapters of collected volumes, including ‘Peter Brook’ in The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare, ed. John Russell Brown (2008). She is co-editor of New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge University Press), an editor of Critical Stages, the journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics, and on the Editorial Board of numerous international journals, including the Stanislavsky Journal (online journal).