CALL FOR PAPERS: Decoration of Performance Space: Meaning and Ideology. Thirteenth symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts
The Study Centre for Documentary Research into European Theatre and Opera of the Foundation Giorgio Cini, and ICTM Study Group On Iconography Of The Performing Arts
are announcing the conference
DECORATION OF PERFORMANCE SPACE: MEANING AND IDEOLOGY
Thirteenth symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
Venice, 17–20 May 2016
Thinking of music performance, we usually consider the action happening on the theater or concert stage, in front of spectators. However, performance space surrounding the spectators, its interior and exterior architectural decoration, as well as fashion of spectators and their habits are also constituent elements of a performance, supplementing the experience of a live event. Decoration elements, such as mythological compositions painted on theater ceilings, state insignia placed above the proscenium, or portraits of distinguished playwrights, composers or performers on theatre facades reflect the attitudes of past times and ideologies of political powers patronizing performances; sculptures accumulated over the time in theaters’ foyers visually represent historical memory of the space becoming (national) shrines to performing arts.
Theaters and other performance spaces are architectural artworks, often representing the pinnacle in artistic careers of their architects and interior designers, frequently appropriating the status of urban iconic symbols.
The conference will focus on visual programs and decorations of spaces in which musical performances occur and the self-representation of audiences attending performances. All types of performance venues and performances which include music should be considered, including concerts and music theatre, religious ceremonies, contemporary popular music events, urban spectacles, pageantries and parades.
Proposals are invited concerning:
- Architectural interior and exterior decorations of performance spaces
- Reflections of political power presented in theatrical performances
- Ideological context of religious rituals and their spaces
- Political power demonstrated in public spectacles and parades
- Theater and concert hall architecture
- Spectators and audiences (habits, fashion, hair-styling, behavior)
- Interpretation and issues concerning opera standing and scenography in general
English is preferred language for the conference presentations.
Abstract of 200-300 words may be submitted before 1 February 2016 to:
Research Center for Music Iconography
City University of New York, The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
Maria Ida Biggi
Study Centre for Documentary Research into European Theatre and Opera of the Foundation Giorgio Cini
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice