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CFP: Translation, Adaptation, Tradaptation for the Stage in Applied Contexts

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Translation, Adaptation, Tradaptation for the Stage in Applied Contexts: Dramaturgies of the Here and Now

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words accompanied by a short biographical note to the editor, Márta Minier, by 15 January 2014 to marta.minier@southwales.ac.uk and miniermarta@hotmail.co.uk. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the editor.

Translations, adaptations, tradaptations tend to comment on the here and now of their host contexts, even if inadvertantly. This collection of articles will explore dramaturgies of the moment in emphatically applied contexts: not only in the broad spectrum of applied drama but also in cases of translation, adaptation and dramaturgy in education contexts (in what is strictly speaking a Theatre in Education setting but also in everyday educational situations, such as student productions, workshops and so on), in storytelling and beyond.

Application and adjustment with a new audience in mind are at the heart of translational and adaptive activities, but public perception – and even scholarly exploration – often ignores that a text they encounter has been altered or originates elsewhere. The volume will engage with, but will not be limited to, the following questions: How is the cultural capital carried by the source text/source material negotiated in the project of application to specific performance styles, genres and cultural settings? How is a text reshaped and given a new identity in such a process? What do the new hybrid texts – performances, translations, versions – communicate about their respective sources and about the circumstances that called them forth? How is agency and authorship negotiated in these scenarios? What do originality and intertextuality mean in such contexts? How are audiences taken into account, and how do audiences participate in the translation/adaptation process, where applicable? What do we learn about translation, adaptation and tradaptation as concepts referring to processes and products if we look at the perspective of application?

Proposals are welcome on subjects as diverse as performances of classics and contemporaries in prisons, hospitals, museums, other site-specific and community theatre settings; translations and adaptations at universities, schools, in drama groups, for contests or competitions and so on. ‘Hijacking’ texts for political or otherwise ideological purposes as well as genre-switching (tragedy to comedy, parodying texts etc.) and other aesthetic changes (verse to prose etc.), localisations and globalisations are all potentially of interest.

So far we have contributions in progress on translating a little-known Sanskrit comedy and adapting it for a local community performance, experimenting with a Russian classic in adaptation for a student production, and Monica Ross’s and co-performers’ Acts of Memory as adaptation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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