PS: Richard Schechner and Performance Studies
An International Conference of Scholars and Artists Honoring
Richard Schechner on his 76th Birthday
December 19-23, 2010 at the Dr. Hecht Arts Center, University
18:30-20:00 - Reception and Registration at the Arts Center
20:00 – 20:30- Welcome Address
20:30 - Opening ceremony conducted by Atay Citron's students in
the course "The Performance of Healing" at the Graduate
School of Creative Arts Therapies. Singing led by Etty Ben Zaken.,
with the participation of her students in the course "Performance
of Folk Songs and Folk Tales" at the Theatre Department.
21:15 - Performance
by voice artist Victoria
09:00 – 09:30 - Coffee and cookies
09:30 – 10:20- Keynote address - David Zerbib, France: "Richard
Schechner and Performance: The Hidden Share of Theory"
10:30 - 11:30 – Session I - RS and the Redefinition of Performance - Atay Citron, Chair.
Tomasz Kubikowski, Poland: "What
is Performance Anyway?"
Lior Noy & Uri Alon, Israel: "The
Mirror Game: a Natural Science Study of Performance"
11:30-12:00 - Comments and open discussion
12:15 - 13:45 - Session II: PS: Re-Examining Theoretical Issues
and Pedagogical Concerns -Shifra Schonmann, Chair.
Mieke Kolk, the Netherlands: "Intercultural,
global and indigenous performances as outdated categories?"
Henry Bial, U. S.A: "PS:
Can We Talk About Something Else?"
Dorit Yerushalmi, Israel: "Re/examining
our Future(s): Theatre Studies in Israel and Performance Studies"
13:45 - 15:15 - Lunch break
15:15-16:00 - Performance: Dum
Dum Baby, by Michal Vaknin, Erez
Dascal and Hadas Eti On
16:00 - 17:30 - Session III: RS
& TPG - From "Actor" to "Performer" -
Dror Harari, Chair.
Nurit Yaari, Israel: "Greek
Tragedy and Performance Theory"
Carol Martin, U.S.A: "The
“Doing Aspects” of Theatre and the Emergence of Theatre of the Real"
Theresa Smalec, U.S.A: “Swimming
to Spalding, Swimming with Schechner: On Losing and Finding One’s
17:30 - 18:00 - Coffee break
18:00 - 19:30 - Session IV: Artaud, Grotowski, Mnouchkine
– Theatre Revolutionaries - Ouriel Zohar, Chair.
Kimberly Jannarone, U.S.A: "The
Uses and Abuses of Antonin Artaud"
Leszek Kolankiewicz, Poland: "Blokowski,
Detopski, Grotowski in a maze of Haitian narration"
Judith Miller, U.S.A: "The
Theatre du Soleil Invites its Audience to Remember"
19:30 – 21:00 - Dinner at the Arts Center
21:00 - Performance: Ruth Kanner Theatre Group – excerpts from Dionysus
in Dizengoff Center, performed in English and introduced
by Tamar Berger.
9:00 - 9:30 - Coffee and cookies
9:30 - 10:20 - Keynote address - Atay Citron, Israel:
Clowning and Performance Theory"
10:30 - 11:30 - Session V: RS & PS & Therapy
- Rachel Lev, Chair.
Amnon Raviv, Israel: "Medical
Clowning with PTSD/ASD Patients"
Susana Pendzik, Israel: "Strictly
Speaking Theatre: Schechner's Notions on Performance as Applied
to the Therapeutic Use of Theatre and Drama"
11:40 - 13:15 - Session VI: Performing Religion
- Nurit Yaari, Chair.
Jazmin Badong Llana, the Philippines: "At
the Site of the Void: Performance
and Pilgrimage in the Bicol Dotoc"
Liora Sarfati, Israel: "Technology
Incorporation and the Question of Authenticity in Contemporary Korean
Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, Israel: "Transformations
of Religious Performativity: Crucifixion Episodes in Contemporary
Theatre and Performance"
13:15 - 15:00 - Lunch break
15:00 - 17:00 - Session VII: Performance of Jewish Ritual
& Carnival - Shelly Zer Zion, Chair.
Michal Govrin, Israel: "The
First Jewish Prayer-Theater, The Gog and Ma'Gog Laboratory"
Sarit Cofman-Simhon, Israel: "From
Jewish Rituality to Theatricality: the Question of Transformation"
Yair Lipshitz , Israel: "The
God Worshipper as Trained Monkey: Rethinking Halakhic Performance
with Schechner and Kol Sachal"
Hizky Shoham, Israel-U.S.A.: "Urbanite
Restored Behavior in the Tel-Aviv’s Purim Balls of the 1920s"
17:00 - 17:30 - Coffee break
17:30 -18:30 - Session VIII: Performance as a Tool of Initiating
Dialogue in the Context of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
- Masud Hamdan, Chair.
Chen Alon, Israel: "Mutual
Struggle as Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine: Extending Augusto
Boal's model of 'Theatre of the Oppressed'"
Shulamith Lev-Aladgem, Israel: "From
Performance to Proto-Performance and Back: The Performance-Text
of Three Israeli-Palestinian Mothers"
18:45 - Performance: Oyoun Theatre from the Druze Village Majdal
20:00 - Dinner where you wish.
8:00 - Departure from hotel to Panoramic Tour of Haifa
10:30 - 12:30 – Arrival in Acco. Tour of the Old City
12:30 - 14:30 - Shopping and Lunch in Acco
14:30 – Assembling at the Acco Theatre Center
14:30 - 15:15 - Shimon Levi, Israel: The Acco
Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre
15:30 -17:00 - Session IX: Performance Collectives
- Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, Chair.
Dror Harari, Israel: "The
Return of the (Performance) Group"
Daphna Ben-Shaul, Israel: "Public
Movement and the Ceremonial Crisis"
Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen, Denmark: "SIGNA:
Spect-Actorship and the Hyper-Real Environment"
17:10 - 18:00 - Keynote Address - Richard Schechner, U.S.A:"The
18:00-19:00 Session X: Performance Theory and Postdramatic
Dramaturgy - Shimon Levy, Chair
Elinor Fuchs, U.S.A: ""MADE
BY PERFORMANCE STUDIES?: HANS-THIES LEHMANN'S POST-DRAMATIC THEATER""
Gad Kaynar, Israel: "Dramaturgy
of Performance and Postdramatic Theatre"
19:00 - 21:00 - Dinner (Independently)
21:00 - Performance at the Acco Theatre Center: Death
of the Dervish by Smadar Ya'aron (in Hebrew and English).
22:30 - Departure to Haifa
9:00 - 9:30 - Coffee and cookies
9:30 - 10:20 - Keynote Address - William Sun, China:
"The Chinese Reaction to Schechner and his PS"
10:30 - 12:15 - Session XI: Performance and Research
Across Cultures - Olga Levitan, Chair .
Eva Brenner, Austria: "Reinventing
Multicultural Political Street Theatre - Sociotheatrical experiments
Richard Gough, Britain:"How
the West was Won: RS in the Wild West (of Wales) and how his Performance
Theories were Adopted, Mutated and Betrayed by the Natives".
Zvika Serper, Israel: "Towards
Interweaving Japanese and Western Theatres: Training and its Application
Jennifer Herszman Capraru, Canada: "Staging
Struggle: Contemporary Theatre in Rwanda"
12:30 - 14:00 - Session XII: State Rituals (and their reversal)
- Sarah Brown, Chair.
Klaas Tindemans, Belgium: "Political
Performativity and the Federal State of Belgium- The Belgian Example
as a Laboratory for Performative Knowledge"
Takahashi Yuichiro, Japan: "Japanese
Imperial Rites as Restoration of Behavior"
Annabelle Winograd, Israel-U.S.A: "'We
Were All Women': Performing Violence and Sexuality on the Western
14:00-15:30 - Lunch break
15:30 - 17:30 - Session XIII: RS & Rasaboxes
- Sarit Cofman-Simhon, Chair.
Paula Murray Cole & Michele Minnick, U.S.A:
to Rasaboxes Workshop - Lecture Demonstration"
Dana Arie & Berit Novicky, Israel: "Body
of Emotions- Rasaboxes Technique in Drama Therapy and Emotional
Tamar Heather Havilio, Israel: "The
Praying Body: The Pedagogy of the Prayer Leader (Re)Considered"
17:45-19:30 - Session XIV: Closing Session,
Freddie Rokem (Israel), moderator
19:30 - Short Farewell Ritual.
| Workshops for Students and Participants
Monday, Dec. 20, 15:00-18:00
Struggle as Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine:
Extending Augusto Boal's Model of Theatre of the Oppressed."
3-hours Workshop. Chen Alon, Israel
Monday, Dec. 20, 9:00-12:00
Thursday, Dec. 23, 12:00-15:30
Workshop." Paula Murray Cole and Michele Minnick,
| Schechner's Theatre Work on Video
Continuous video screening of some of Schechner's best-known
productions, alongside shows he directed in Taiwan and China.
The film selection, curated by Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, will be
screened in a studio throughout the conference. A detailed timetable
will be posted, as well as short introductory texts by the curator.
Throughout the conference, artist Assi Meshullam's exhibition
"Iscariot" will be displayed in the Dr. Hecht Arts
Center. Attached you will find a description of the exhibition.
and Satellite Seminars
Friday, Dec. 24
* Fieldtrip to Jerusalem (optional, advanced registration and
additional fee required)
07:30 - Departure from Haifa
Roots of Ritual", a tour of the restricted storeroom
of the Israel Museum, guided by Debby Hershman, Curator of Prehistoric
11:30-13:30- Independent tour of the Israel Museum and lunch
Tour of the Old City
17:00-22:00- Break, participants dine independently
|22:00- Departure for
Midnight Mass (Participants will be divided into small groups
that will attend mass in various churches throughout Jerusalem.
After Mass, participants will return independently to their
hotels in Jerusalem.)
|21:00 - 23:00 - Hassidic
Tish in the Neighborhood of Me'ah She'arim
12:00-18:00- The School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem:
Rasaboxes workshop, led by Paula Murray Cole and Michele Minnick,
19:00-20:30- The School of Visual Theatre , Jerusalem:
Students and faculty meeting with Richard Schechner
14:00–18:00- The Israel Goor Theatre Archive and Museum
at the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem:
"Richard Schechner and the Performance of Classics" -
Screening Session and Round Table. Moderator: Sarit
Participants: Jeanette Malkin, Olga Levitan , Susana
Pendzik, Yair Lipshitz, Eva Brenner, Austria.
Excerpts of the following will be screened: Dionysus
in 69 (1968); Faust/Gastronom (1994); The Oresteia
(1995); Three Sisters (1997); Hamlet (1999);
Hamlet: That is the Question (2009).
16:00-18:00- Department of Theatre Arts, Mexico Building,
Tel Aviv University: Students and faculty meeting with