Perforum Conference 2018 – CFP

PERFORUM – 20th – 21st June, 2018 – CFP Deadline: Friday, 18th May 2018


The Department of Theatre and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Performance Practices University College Cork  in collaboration with Cork Midsummer Festival 2018 present:


The Department of Theatre, University College Cork, is pleased to announce a two-day conference of workshops, papers and round-table discussion for (post-graduate) scholars and practitioners with an interest in practice and research in the field of dramaturgy and contemporary theatre.

Our Keynote Speaker is Dr Piotr Gruszczyński – theatre critic, dramaturge and co-programmer at Nowy Teatr, Warsaw. He has collaborated with Krzysztof Warlikowski on numerous productions: (A)pollonia, Un tramway (co-production with Odeon Theatre, Paris), The End, African Tales by Shakespeare, Kabaret Warszawski and The French, and Phedres (Odeon Theatre, Paris). He is author of the first analysis of new Polish theatre (Ojcobójcy, 2002) and a book-interview with Warlikowski (Szekspir i uzurpator, also translated into French and Romanian). He also collaborates with opera director Mariusz Treliński and lectures at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. He is a member of the editorial boards of „Dialog“ (Warsaw) and „Ubu“ (Paris). The title of Dr Gruszczyński’s keynote is: ‘Adaptation, Multi-channel Adaptation and Adaptation as Installation’

 Questions we are posing in order to open up discussion around contemporary cutting-edge dramaturgical practices and the role of dramaturge in contemporary theatre include:

  • Why does the dramaturge not need to be a playwright?
  • What creates spaces and techniques of theatrical imagination in the context of a dramaturge’s work?
  • What is the relationship between theatre and the literary text?
  • How do dramaturgical strategies manipulate narratives to reflect and represent them in a multidisciplinary context?



We invite proposals for:

 45-minute workshops and 20-minute papers that relate to contemporary dramaturgical practices in:

  • text adaptations;
  • explorations of the development of a dramaturgical consciousness within improvisation practices;
  • choreographing dance performances;
  • the use of multimedia in theatre performances;

Papers can take / include the form of visual or performative presentations.

Workshops can be participant and/or observer-based. We particularly encourage proposals for workshops and papers that can lead to lively discussion in order to foster new ideas and reflect on new dramaturgical approaches to performance making.

Please submit a 300-word proposal and a short biog by Friday, 18th May 2018  to:

Please also indicate any technical requirements needed to present your work.

For further any further queries, please contact:

Patricia Klich (IRC Scholar and PhD candidate) at or Dr Bernadette Cronin at 

Department of Theatre
Muskerry Villas
University College Cork

Further details will be posted to the conference webpage.


Image credit: Francuzi (The French) dir. Krzysztof Warlikowski | Photo by Tal Bitton