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Online symposium: Staging the Future

Staging the Future
March 30th 10-5pm

Following the success of Staging the Real (March 2019) and Staging Mixed Realities (March 2020), which were convened in collaboration with the National Theatre in London, this one-day online symposium, Staging the Future will feature as part of UAL’s Research Season 2021.

This third symposium in the series will reflect on the experiences over the past year of designers and makers working in the field of theatre and performance and speculate about the future of the industry post Covid19.

What kinds of emergent performance do we want to develop as current restrictions are eased, the public are allowed back into theatres and can gather in other indoor and outdoor spaces? What have we learnt from lockdown about the possibility of more sustainable practices, new aesthetics and reaching more diverse audiences? How can we turn this crisis into an opportunity to imagine more creative and inclusive practices and processes in a post pandemic age?

Staging the Future invites an international panel of academics and practitioners, including award winning designer Rae Smith, to discuss these issues and consider not only the threats but also the potential for new developments for designers and makers at this critical moment in the production and staging of theatre.

Contributors include: Arnold Aronson, Columbia University; Thea Brejzek, University of Technology, Sydney; Mike Pearson, Andrew Filmer, The National Theatre, Wales, and collaborators on The Ever After Project; Rosie Elnile, Designer and Associate Artist, The Gate Theatre, London and Paul Handley, Production and Technical Director National Theatre. Staging the Future is convened by Professor Jane Collins and Dr Sophie Jump, (Wimbledon College of Arts) with Professor Emerita, Eileen Hogan, University of the Arts, London and is supported by Research at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon.

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