December 24, 2014
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CFP: Indian Theatre, IFTR 2015

IFTR 2015
Hyderabad, India, 5-10 July, 2015

Special Panel on Embodiment in/and Indian Theatre
Within the Performance and Consciousness Working Group

In the IFTR Conference, there will be a special panel on Indian Theatre as part of Performance and Consciousness working Group activity. The panel will be thematically focused on Embodiment in/and Indian Theatre, the ways in which the body has been conceptualized, trained and practiced in Indian theatre in multiple ways through a wide range of performance forms and styles in dance, theatre, popular and multi-media performances.

Call for Papers:

Embodiment is central to Indian performance knowledge and practice. The body in performance operates at multiple dimensions and pathways in Indian performing arts. On the one hand, the body in Indian performance is firmly positioned in the corporeal logic, physicality, techniques and principles. On the other hand, the body in performance replaces itself through a series of ‘transitions’ taking place during the performance. The entire discourse of the Natyasastra is about this transitive experience of the body and, the rasa theory in particular, offers a profound conceptual explanation as well as a methodology of practice to understand the ‘transformative power’ of the body in performance. Embodied practices and their diverse approaches to the human body, in training and performance, therefore, are one of the most distinctive characteristics of Indian theatre in past and present. Political and gendered bodies are recurring themes in modern Indian theatre. Modern Indian dance, in the subcontinent and in the transnational stage redefines the cultural and political notions of Indian embodiment in radically different ways. Similarly, the body has also been dis/embodied and mediatized in contemporary multimedia performances. Besides, the concept and practice of Indian embodiment informs some of the most prominent intercultural training methods and theatre productions. Embodiment in Indian arts and thoughts, therefore, refers to a ‘process’ and a ‘modality’ of practice embedded in the ‘illusive drive’ of the performer. Papers are invited addressing any aspect of Indian embodiment in theory, training and performance practice.

To contribute a paper, please submit abstract (not more than 300 words) and other details under Performance and Consciousness working group through the conference website at http://www.iftr2015hyd.in/ (Browsing route: conference theme> call for papers> working groups> abstract submission for working group papers). Please mention in the abstract TO THE SPECIAL PANEL ON INDIAN THEATRE and send a copy of what you submit in the conference website to the

Chair of the special panel Dr. Sreenath Nair: snair@lincoln.ac.uk.

DEADLINE: 31 JANUARY 2015.

December 17, 2014
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Wayang Revolusi Exhibit

“Art in the Service of Freedom”

A special educational exhibition about the ‘wayang revolusi’, a political adaptation of traditional Indonesian wayang kulit puppet theatre. This exhibition will be on display at the Dutch Puppetry Museum in Vorchten until the end of 2015.

On 27 December 1949 Indonesia obtained sovereign power. The exhibition presents how the Indonesian nationalists used this traditional wayang art form as a means of propaganda in their fight against the Netherlands. In 1947, Wayang Revolusi originated as a special variant on wayang theatre. In an era that media such as radio and television were not very common, the popular wayang play was the ultimate means for addressing large groups with the message of the revolution. The spectators could easily identify with the recognisable, standard and less standard characters of noble heroes and their evil opponents. Wayang Revolusi’s main characters are politicians and servicemen of both parties that were engaged in combat with each other during the fight for independence. Well known characters include Dutch generals Spoor and Van Mook, the Indonesian President Sukarno and Vice President Mohammed Hatta.

Bring a print-out of this announcement when you visit the ‘wayang revolusi’ exhibition and receive a little keepsake.

See:  http://www.poppenspelmuseumbibliotheek.nl/pdf/wayangexhibitionPOPMUS.pdf

http://www.poppenspelmuseumbibliotheek.nl/pdf/PressreleaseWayangRevolusi.pdf and

http://www.poppenspelmuseumbibliotheek.nl/pdf/persberichtwayangrevolusi.pdf.

December 8, 2014
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Deolmi Puppets in Atlanta

This year the Center for Puppetry Arts (CPA) in Atlanta, Georgia, acquired a full set of deolmi puppets (a.k.a. Korean traditional puppets or kkokdukasi puppets) and props made by Master Yong-Tae Park.  Professor Kyounghye Kwon at the University of North Georgia, handled the negotiations with Dr. Seha Kim, Director of the Seoul Namsadang troupe. Kyounghye plans to travel to Korea this spring for further research. 

CPA is looking for other sets in USA Collections. CPA does have a loan policy.

CPA Museum Expansion plans, scheduled for 2015 completion, can be seen at: 

www.puppet.org/believeinmakebelieve/index.shtml

Nancy L. Staub

Founder/Consultant

Center for Puppetry Arts Museum

nancystaub@aol.com

November 24, 2014
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Asst Prof of Lighting, WWU

Position: Assistant Professor of Lighting and Projections Design, tenure track

Organization:  Western Washington Univeristy

Job Location:  Bellingham, WA

Website: http://www.wwu.edu/jobs

Posting Date: November 17, 2014

Application Deadline: January 10, 2015

About the Position: The Theatre and Dance Department seeks to hire a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor of Lighting and Projection Design, beginning September 2015. The Department of Theatre and Dance supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

About the College/Department: 

The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Theatre and Dance, Music, Art and Design.  The Theatre and Dance Department includes eleven faculty, seven instructors, and a staff including a Technical Director, Costume Shop Manager, and Scene Shop Foreman/Master Electrician.  The program offers a balance of academic courses and production experiences.  During the past academic year, the department mounted seven productions in its three venues.  WWU is engaged in internationalizing the university.  As part of this initiative the Theatre and Dance Department is working toward supporting tis goal in curriculum and student experience.

Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university, with almost 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school.  Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.  With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities.  Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U.S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate will serve as a member of the design program and will be expected to participate in all facets of the department life, including designing one department production per year, mentoring theatre and dance student designers’ production work, teaching a standard course load, recruitment, curricular planning and departmental production planning. The appointee is expected to continue to be active in creative and scholarly endeavors. The appointee will teach courses such as Lighting Design for Theatre and Dance, Stage Technology, Digital Media, and Projections. Western faculty are expected to have a commitment to faculty governance and college/university committee participation.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA in theatre design or related terminal degree
  • Professional experience in any of the following design areas: theatre, dance, film, television, entertainment or related field
  • Evidence of successful student mentoring in a production setting
  • Promise of continued creative and professional work
  • A demonstrated ability and commitment to work effectively with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of successful teaching in a university setting
  • Experience teaching in a liberal arts setting
  • Demonstrated ability in lighting/projection design for theatre and dance
  • Evidence of successful collaborations with professional colleagues
  • Ability to design in another concentration
  • Strong interest in emerging digital media
  • Ability to support the university’s internationalization initiatives

Academic Emphasis: Lighting and Projection Design

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applicants must apply online via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at www.wwu.edu/jobs.  

Applications should include a cover letter describing teaching philosophy and research experience, curriculum vitae, a portfolio or link to an online portfolio, and contact information for three references in the cover letters and attachments section of the application system.

Other Information: Applicants may contact or direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Mark Kuntz at Mark.Kuntz@wwu.edu

Recruitment #: 141313

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

November 10, 2014
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Fall 2014 Newsletter

AAP Newsletter Editor Carol Fischer Sorgenfrei has made available the Fall, 2014, newsletter.  Download a PDF copy.

Past AAP newsletters are available online here.