To what extent does performance allow itself be understood as the art of (body) memories? Based on a multitude of performative beginnings, different memory and remembrance practices will be discussed: from reconstructive archival work, to reenactments, all the way to other interpretations of past knowledge in theater spaces. The symposium is composed of three moderated lectures on three nights which combine innovative theoretical thinking with artistic and didactic artistic practices.
Rebecca Schneider is Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, teaches performance studies, theater history, and theories of intermedia. She is the author of Theatre and History (Palgrave 2014), Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reenactment (Routledge 2011) and The Explicit Body in Performance (Routledge, 1997). With Jussi Parikka she is the author of Remain(s), forthcoming with MIT Press. She has coedited the anthology Re:Direction: A Theoretical and Practical Guide to 20th-Century Directing and three special issues of TDR: The Drama Review: 1. on Precarity and Performance (2012), 2. on New Materialisms and Performance (2015), and 3. on Performance and Social Reproduction (2018). She is a consortium editor for TDR, contributing editor to Women and Theatre, coeditor with David Krasner and Harvey Young of the book series Theatre: Theory/Text/Performance with University of Michigan Press, and consulting editor for the series Performance Interventions with Palgrave McMillin. Schneider has published essays in several anthologies, including Psychoanalysis and Performance, Acting Out: Feminist Performance, Performance and Cultural Politics, Performance Cosmologies, Performance and the City, and the essay "Solo Solo Solo" in After Criticism. In addition, she has collaborated with artists at such sites as the British Museum in London and the Mobile Academy in Berlin, and delivered lectures at museums such as the Guggenheim in New York, the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal, the Centre de la Dance in Paris, and the Point Art Center in Cyprus.
CONCEPTION, ORGANISATION Prof. Dr. Magdalena Marszałek (University Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Dorota Sajewska (University Zürich / University Warsaw), Prof. Dr. Małgorzata Sugiera (Jagiellonen University Krakow)
Symposion in th escope of the international research project Performances of Memory: Testimonial, Reconstructive and Counterfactual Strategies in Literature and Performative Arts of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the National Science Center (NCN, Poland).