INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ‘Performance as an Event and Experience. Part I: Education’

The Department of Drama and Theatre of the University of Łódź together with  Theatre and Therapy Association are proud to invite You to participate in the International Conference entitled


Performance as an Event and Experience. Part I: Education


The conference will take place between 7th and 8th of June 2010 in Biedermann Palace, on 1/5  Franciszkańska Street in Łódź, Poland, seat of  the Institute of the Theory of Literature, Theatre and Audio-Visual Arts of University of Łódź.

The conference belongs to a series of international encounters,  organized by Department of Drama and Theatre, Theatre and Therapy Association (in cooperation with Poleski Art Center and Center for Training Teachers and Practical Education in Łódź), devoted to education through theatre, with particular focus on the theatre of the disabled. The previous conferences and seminars (which were all international events) took place at the University of Łódź in 1995, 1996,1998,1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. The following conference will therefore be the tenth, anniversary meeting in the entire series of conferences. The Theatrology Department of the University of Łódź has initiated the research on the specific characteristics of the disabled theatre and its presence in contemporary culture. The Department is also an originator and co-organizer of International Biannual Theatre Meetings Therapy and Theatre. The Meetings have been taking place in Łódź since 1995 and approximately 200 artistic groups and many scholars, educators, therapist, pedagogues and  students from almost all European countries took part in this event.

The conference series Spektakl jako wydarzenie i doświadczenie (Performance as Event and Experience) will refer to research that had already been carried out before, but it will also undertake new issues that reach beyond the presentation of therapy techniques and additional methods, beyond the considerations regarding the aesthetic and therapeutic dimensions of the theatre. After fifteen years of experience and nine scientific conferences (particularly the conferences related to the concept of theatre for life”, created by professor Lech Śliwonik) we are convinced that while considering theatre of the disabled  it is essential to perceive its participants (both actors and spectators) as persons endowed with existence dignity, who fulfill through an exchange of information and emotions with others. This sort of presence of a human-actor and human-spectator enables to compare this theatre type to other theatre kinds. The theatre of the disabled is theatre variant intensifying the way that theatre influences. Hardships of creating human experience and personality development happen in contemporary culture also through theatre and theatricality. In a world filled with simulacrum the theatre becomes, paradoxically, a place of real presence. This phenomenon is particularly visible in the theatre of the disabled (intellectually, somatically, psychologically, socially), as well as in other, amateur and marginalised types of theatre(children and youth theatre, experimental  theatre, ecological theatre, etc),

The superior objective of the new conference cycle is to discuss contemporary theatre as a place which enables the spectator to go through a unique, internal experience, a place of creating and simulating a community, which is a process that has both artistic and existential meanings and outcomes. What interests us is a theatre performance as an event and as an experience. Therefore, the performance is not understood merely as a  complete artistic work (which can be subjected primarily to aesthetic criteria), or a therapy (which is valued according to its effectiveness in improving the patient’s condition), but, above all, as the place of a particular type of encounter and exchange.  An encounter which emphasises the sense of community and transgresses the pre-established conditions of “being a spectator/being an actor/being disabled”. At the same time, the theatrical event which makes this encounter possible is a realisation of “the order of presence”, not “the order of representation”.

During the first conference of the cycle, entitled Spektakl jako wydarzenie i doświadczenie. Część I: EDUKACJA (Spectacle as Event and Experience. Part I: Education) and the 9th International Biannual Theatre Meetings Therapy and Theatre , (Łódź, 7-9 June 2010), we shall focus on the following issues:

1/ What is the current meaning and field of reference of the concept of “theatre education”, especially when applied to culturally marginalized environments? What other artistic and organizational forms can it acquire?

2/ What are the functions and possibilities of exerting an “educational” influence on the spectator/co-participant in the performance, in the time when – according to Prof. Lech Śliwonik – “the culture of participation” has been replaced by “a culture of clients”?  [L. Sliwonik, Dlugi bieg, wysokie przeszkody, ,,Scena” 3 (59) 2009 autumn, pp. 12-15].

3/ How to shape the emotions and the sensibility of the viewer of educational activities, in an attractive way and without yielding towards pop-cultural simplifications, to acquire a competent partner in a theatrical event, who would also be ready to cooperate?

4/ How to make the theatre an attractive medium in the process of education, to creatively exchange the experiences of spectators and artists?

5/ How to reinforce, through theatre education activities, the expression of subjectivity, the independence of thinking and the sensation of freedom produced by the participation in the performance? How to transfer all these achievements towards the everyday life of amateur artists?

6/ How to develop and convey the capacities and values represented by the group of amateur artists  while creating a theatrical performance?

7/ How to include amateur artists (their creativity and type of perception), effectively and in a mutually profitable manner, in the works of professional artists and cultural institutions?

8/ Examples and projects of creative theatrical and quasi-theatrical activities in communities endangered with marginalization or suffering from lack of social acceptance.

9/Examples of workshops, exercises, educational projects that develop the capacities of existing through theatre, thinking through theatre, and theatrical expression as means of self-development, barter and a chance to participate in high culture.

10/ Examples of projects and educational activities (workshops, actions, games, exhibitions, competitions, clubs, conferences, etc), that trough confrontation with other people and a common theatrical analysis of the present time are able to stimulate the social, ethical and intellectual sensitivity of the participants.

*The conference will consist of plenary lectures and simultaneous thematical sessions.

*The lectures will be given in Polish or in English (an oral translation is provided).

*A number of lectures will be published in a new editorial series, following a revision by its editors.

Scientific Board of the Conference                                    Scientific Director of the Conference

mgr Irena Lewkowicz

mgr Joanna Michałowska                                                  prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Leyko

Organizing committee:

Karolina Adamczyk;  Irena Lewkowicz; Aneta Madziara;

Joanna Michałowska; Maja Wójcik; Arkadiusz Rogoziński


The deadline for sending in application forms: 15.04.2010

The deadline for paper acceptance notification: 30.04.2010

The deadline for conference fee payments: 15.05.2010

●How to apply

Those who wish to participate in the Conference

are asked to fill in the enclosed application form and send it to the following e-mail address:

or fill in the online application form:

● The maximum length of each lecture should not exceed 20 minutes.

(a discussion is scheduled after the every three lectures).

● Together with the application forms please enclose the paper summary (in English) (max. 500 words, Times New Roman 12 pt.; file format: Microsoft Word 1997-2003 document).

We reserve the right to select abstracts for inclusion in the conference program.

● A revised, post-conference book is planned to be published.

●Conference fee

The conference fee includes access to all the events (spectacles, exhibitions, films shows, etc) of the International Biannual IX Theatre Meetings Therapy and Theatre (the Conference being a part thereof); conference materials and the editing of post-conference publications. In order to participate in special workshops organized by Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki w Łodzi, (Poleski Art Centre in Łódź) the participants are requested to pay an additional fee by money transfer to the account of this institution. More details can be provided by  Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki w Łodzi, [ POLESKI ART CENTRE, KRZEMIENIECKA 2A, 94-030 ŁÓDŹ,  POLAND Tel. (+48) 42  688 14 18;  (+48) 42  686 02 59; fax: (+48) 42  688 13 47 e-mail:  pos@Łódź.pl

basic conference fee: 65 € ;

reduced fee (for PhD students): 50 €

The conference fee is to be paid by money transfer to the following account:

Account holder: Uniwersytet Łódzki   (Konto Konferencji UŁ)

Address: ul. Narutowicza 65

Account number:   IBAN: PL 96 1240 3028 1111 0010 2943 1767 ; BIC/SWIFT: PKOPPLPW

until 15.05.2010 r. The transfer should include the annotation „SPEKTAKL” and the full name of the participant in the transfer title.

The conference fee does not include transport and accommodation. The accommodation is paid by the participants themselves at the hotel reception desk on the day of departure. If you wish to order dinners and suppers – their price will be added to your accommodation fee.

Enclosed you shall find more information about the meals and accommodation offered in Centrum Szkoleniowo-Konferencyjne Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.


Scientific Board of the Conference

mgr Irena Lewkowicz

mgr Joanna Michałowska

Sekretariat Instytutu Teorii Literatury, Teatru i Sztuk Audiowizualnych

Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego

Pałac Biedermanna, ul. Franciszkańska 1/5, 91-431 Łódź , POLAND
tel. (+48) 42  665 51 33, tel./fax (+48) 42  665 51 32

e-mail: kulturoz@uni.Łódź.pl


Booking of accomodation and meals

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