MINDFULNESS AND PERFORMANCE
Performance and Mindfulness Symposium
Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research
University of Huddersfield
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, 2016.
Since Stanislavski in the late nineteenth century, Western theatre practitioners have demonstrated a fascination with Eastern philosophies and with mindfulness practices. Lee Worley, Nicolás Núñez, Meredith Monk, Marina Abramovic and Pasquale Esposito are some of the contemporary artists who have been exploring the theoretical and practical relations between theatre and aspects of meditation, including mindfulness. Whilst there is now a growing body of research into applications of mindfulness in clinical and educational contexts, there are few studies explicitly examining the role of mindfulness and meditation in theatre and performance. Aiming to gather together scholars, practitioners and artists interested in this study and practice, the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research at the University of Huddersfield invites proposals for a Symposium on Performance and Mindfulness.
We invite proposals in four different categories:
Papers: 30 minute presentations followed by 15 minutes’ discussion.
Working Groups: Short papers, to be circulated within the group in advance, presenting statements of practice or provocations relating to one of the following themes. The working groups will be chaired and tasked with feeding back to the whole conference in a closing plenary.
1. Research Methodology and Evaluation: Which research methods can best interrogate and capture experiences and articulations relating to mindfulness and performance? What contribution might source traditions, such as Buddhism, offer to the development of methodologies for research in mindfulness-based performance practices?
2. Ethical Considerations: In what ways do the ethics of various meditational source traditions play out when mindfulness practices are transposed to the secular context of theatrical performance?
3. Creative Practices: An exploration of the role and practice of mindfulness forms in generative creative processes (including, but not limited to, improvisation, devising, performance writing, collaborative practice).
4. Contemplative Performance: How might meditative experience be invited or generated through theatrical performance experiences, for both performers and audiences? Is it possible to conceive of a contemplative mode of spectatorship?
Performances: We invite proposals for performance pieces requiring only basic technical resources. We particularly welcome short performances (20 – 30 minutes) but can consider performances suitable for studio theatres or non-conventional spaces.
Workshops: Three hour practical workshops, exploring integrations of meditation/mindfulness and performance practice.
Proposals should include:
Proposals will be considered between 1st and 15th March 2016, and decisions communicated by 4 April. Please email proposals or enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicolás Núñez will offer a two day workshop before the Symposium on the 31st of May and 1st of June. More information, please contact: email@example.com
Symposium registration information:
Registration and Booking will open soon and further details will be available.
The full symposium cost will be
£140 Not including related costs e.g. accommodation or dinner
£100 Student rates (limited tickets for full-time non-funded students)
We are also allocating a limited number of bursaries to attend the symposium in exchange for symposium support (e.g. ushering; written reviews / written blogposts or feedback on the symposium; other). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to propose a bursary application.
MINDFULNESS AND PERFORMANCE