Symposium (2013)

Since the inception of the workshop, a day has been devoted to a symposium in which students, performers, and scholars have presented papers and discussions around a chosen theme of interest to us.

Call for Papers

International Vocal Arts Workshop, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia Symposium: Grožnjan, Croatia, 18 June 2013

Papers: submit abstracts of up to 300 words to by 20 May 2013. Reflections: submit discussion topics to by 10 June 2013.
(including Workshop participants)

Playing in Time: Temporality in Performance and Performing Arts

Performance takes place in time and space. This symposium seeks to focus on the intricacy of temporality in performance by inviting submissions that address this theme in its many manifestations. At the International Vocal Arts Workshop, artists grapple concretely with issues of music and time—experimenting with tempo and pacing, bringing times past and future into the present, and interacting time with the performance narrative as well as the performance venues in the village of Grožnjan. We invite you to explore the corroborations and tensions between temporality and these and other aspects of the performing arts. We welcome papers and reflections from a variety of disciplines including theatre, performance studies, aesthetics, musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, literature, history, sociology, psychology, cognitive sciences, and physics. Possible topics may include:

  • Immediacy and affect in performance
  • Time perception: subject time and objective time
  • Performing history in communities
  • Musical temporality in literature
  • Relationships between materiality and temporality
  • Sound, music, tempo
  • Synchronicity, simultaneity
  • Ephemerality and documentation of performance
  • Extemporization and improvisation in performance
  • Music composition and choreography practices, structure and form, architecture
  • Physics of sound, acoustics
  • Processuality, instantaneity, movement, and immobility
Decisions regarding the status of submitted proposals will be made and communicated via email as quickly as possible following the submission deadline, and certainly no later than 1 June for papers and 15 June for reflections.

Symposium topics in previous years
Acousticity: A Symposium on Sound, Space, and Practice
Fluidity/Rigidity of Gender in Vocal Performance
External and Internal Influences on Vocal Forms and Styles
Traditional Structures in Contemporary Performance
Traditional Music and Theatre in Worldwide Performance
East European Traditional Music and Theatre in Performance

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