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American Dramaturgies for the 21st Century (Paris)

American Dramaturgies for the 21st Century (Paris)

Publié le par Romain Bionda (Source : Julie Vatain-Corfdir)

American Dramaturgies for the Twenty-First Century
March 14th-16th, 2018

Conference program

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 – Fondation des États-Unis (Cité Universitaire)
15 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris (RER Cité Universitaire)

7pm     Opening event: Play readings in conversation with Lindsey Ferrentino                      

Please visit the FEU website for more information and to book your seat (free) :


Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Morning – Salle D035, Maison de la recherche
28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris (métro Odéon)

9-11am             Panel I “New Languages, New Choices”

  • Avra Sidiropoulou (Cyprus)
    “From Gertrude Stein to Richard Maxwell: Language, Performativity and Sensuousness in 21st Century American Dramaturgy”
  • Ana Fernandez-Caparro (Valencia)
    “In search of grace and transformation: new American dramaturgies of gentleness and proximity in life and death”
  • Rachel Anderson-Rabern (Franklin and Marshall)
    “American Wolves: Sarah DeLappe and the New Collective”

  • Valentine Vasak (Sorbonne Université)
    “‘Banging in Through the Door of Race’: Color-blind casting the plays of Edward Albee in the twenty-first century”

11-11:15am     coffee break

11:15-12:15am Keynote address by Marc Robinson (Yale)
“American Neo-Realism”

12:15-2pm       lunch break

Afternoon – Salle des Actes, Sorbonne
17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris / other entrance possible via 54 rue Saint-Jacques (métro Cluny-La Sorbonne)

2-3:30pm         Panel II “Troubled identities”

  • Francisco Costa (East Anglia)
    “The Future is Queer: Superheroic Identities and the Dramaturging of Queerness in Brad Fraser’s Poor Super Man

  • Katalin Trencsényi (RADA)
    “Dramaturgies of the 21st Century American Identity”

  • Emma Willis (Auckland)
    “Catastrophes of the self: multiplied protagonists in YOUARENOWHERE and I’ll Never Love Again

3:30-4:10         Bertie Ferdman & Peter Eckersall (CUNY)
“Theatre in the white room: How dramaturgy and curatorial practices are intersecting in the contemporary arts”

4:10-4:40pm    coffee break

4:40-6:40pm    Panel II “Dramaturgy and Music”

  • Sarah Sigal (Queen Mary/Goldsmiths)
  • Dan Blim (Denison)
    “‘Someone Tell the Story’: Historical Narratives and History Musicals in the 21st Century”

  • Antonia Rigaud (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
    “‘The Industry’: Operas for the 21st Century”

  • Constantine Chatzipapatheodoridis (Thessaloniki)
    “In the Great Tradition of the Gay Musical: The Cases of Falsettos (1992) and Kinky Boots (2012)”


Friday, March 16th, 2018 – Salle des Actes, Sorbonne
17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris / other entrance possible via 54 rue Saint-Jacques (métro Cluny-La Sorbonne)

9-10:30am       Panel IV – “History and Documentation”

  • Jimmy Noriega (College of Wooster)
    “Jotos and Marimachas on Stage: Queer Latina/o/x Theatre”

  • Laureano Corces (Fairley Dickinson)
    “Spatial representation in the text and performance in selected contemporary American theater”

  • Analola Santana (Dartmouth)
    “Violent intersections between past and present: Migdalia Cruz’s Two Roberts: A Pirate Blues Project

10:30-10:45am coffee break

10:45-11:25am Mary Anderson, Billicia Hines, Richard Haley (Wayne State)
“‘New Ground on Old Land’: Staging Rebellion in Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ‘67.”

11:30-12:30am Keynote address by Ilka Saal (Erfürt)
“Theatricality and Affect: Performing Race at the Turn of the Millennium”

12:30-2pm       lunch break

2-3:30pm         Panel V “Political Consciousness and the Community”

  • Pierre-Héli Monot (Munich)
    “Democratic Discourse Unstaged: From Deconstruction to Total War”

  • Donna Soto-Morettini (Edinburgh Napier)
    “History on the Cusp of Myth: J.T. Rogers’ Oslo

  • Diana Benea (Bucharest)
    “Beyond the Form/Function Divide: the Theatrical Vocabulary of Recent US Community-Based Productions”

3:30-4:30pm    Panel VI – “The Case of the Wooster Group”

  • Johan Callens (Bruxelles)
    “The Panel Performance: From Dada to Postdramatic Mediaturgy (and Back)”

  • Xavier Lemoine (UPEM)
    “Wooster Group: From the End of end of Avant-Garde to Renewing Dramaturgies”

4:30-5pm         coffee break          

5-6:30pm         Panel VII – “Institutions and creativity”

  • 5-5:30pm        Frédéric Maurin (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • The January New York Festivals, or How to Shape an American Landscape Within or Against the World Theatre”

  • 5:30-6:30pm   Roundtable “The Role of Dramaturgs and Dramaturgy”, with Kate Bredeson (Reed), Mary Davies (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), and Emeline Jouve (Toulouse – chair)


Conference organizers: Marie Pecorari & Julie Vatain-Corfdir (Sorbonne Université) ;

To book a seat for the opening event, please visit the FEU website ( To attend the conference on March 15th and 16th, please email the organizers. For security reasons, you will need to show a copy of this email and a valid ID at the entrance of the university.

This conference is organized with the support of the American Embassy in Paris, the Fondation des États-Unis, the Institut des Amériques, the DAAD and Sorbonne Université (Fonds d’Intervention pour la Recherche, équipes d’accueil VALE (EA4085) et HDEA (EA4086), PRITEPS, École doctorale IV).