Performance Studies Lectures at De La Salle-Manila and UP Diliman


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Students, scholars, and artists and the public are invited to two lectures on March 25, 2013 to be given by Dr. Marin Blazevic from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.  The lectures will be held at the University of the Philippines Diliman and De La Salle University-Manila:

 ‘(Mis)Performance Theory and Practice: A Lecture and Panel Discussion on Performance Studies’
10:00 – 12:00 AM, CM Recto Hall, Faculty Center, UP Diliman, QC

‘Dramaturgy, Performance, and Spectatorship’
2:40 – 4:10 PM, Waldo Perfecto Seminar Hall
SPS Building, De La Salle University – Manila
2401 Taft Avenue, Manila 

A guest of De La Salle University-Manila, Dr. Blazevic is in Manila to consult and meet with artists and academics who are leading the organizing efforts for performance studies as a field of academic inquiry and artistic practice and exploring the productive uses of performance studies for our own contexts in the Philippines and in the larger region of Southeast Asia. This is part of the preparation for the global ‘Fluid States’ dispersed conference project of Performance Studies international (PSi) which will take
place in 2015 in twelve sites around the world. The project is a bold and concrete step towards greater internationalization of PSi and a breaking off of the long dominance of the Anglo-Americans — 

‘The small ‘i’ used in the spelling of “international” expresses awareness of the complexity of
what it means to be international [and…] involves an understanding of Performance Studies as a
multiplicity of approaches that can be traced back to different practices in different sites of
research…. Thus, in 2015, PSi’s 21st year, the organization will shift its attention, energy,
inventiveness and expertise from one epic annual conference to a series of interconnected
events organized in various regions outside of PSi’s established geographies, predominantly
focused in the US, UK and EU countries (with three exceptions being conferences in New
Zealand, Singapore and Zagreb). This 2015 project will follow a “trajectory from global concerns
to local issues and problems” (Rustom Bharucha) – i.e. from intercultural and international to
intracultural and intraregional problems, practices and prospects’ (Blazevic and Hannah 2012,
Fluid States Project Rationale). 

Dr. Marin Blažević is a theatre and performance studies scholar and dramaturge based in Zagreb, Croatia. As an Associate Professor he teaches theory and history of theatre and drama, performance studies and dramaturgy at the Academy of Drama Arts (Department of Dramaturgy, where he also acts as a Chair) and opera dramaturgy at the Music Academy (Department of Opera singing), University of Zagreb. Marin is also Chair of the International Committee of Performance Studies international (PSi) since 2010 and co-founder of the new PSi Working Group – Dramaturgy & Performance Studies (in 2012). He is co-director (with Dorita Hannah) of PSi 2015 dispersed international conference project in twelve places around the world: Fluid States: reSearching, enCountering, transPorting Performances of unKnowing (http://www.psi-web.org).

The meeting will be held at the PETA Theatre Centre in Quezon City on Saturday, March 23. Dr. Blazevic will be speaking with key leaders who count themselves among the loose network of artists and scholars of performance and performance research recently organized, with most of them based at De La Salle University, the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Los Banos, Ateneo de Manila University, together with PETA, the Performance Research Network, the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of MSU-IIT, the Sining Banwa Albay Performance Collective, Inc., Lusong Culture and Arts Network in Luzon, and the NCCA Committee on Dramatic Arts’ regional networks of theatre organizations.

All inquiries may be directed to the Convener, Dr. Jazmin Llana at the De La Salle University’s Department of Literature, Telephone No. (02) 5244611 local 541 and 532 or email jazmin.llana@dlsu.edu.ph. The UP Diliman lecture is being hosted by the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts and the Department of Art Studies. For inquiries please visit or call Dr. Belen Calingacion at the DSCTA Office on the 3rd Floor of the Faculty Center, UP Diliman, Telephone No.  (02) 9243224. 


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