Fact and Fiction: The Audience’s Role in Western and Eastern Performances
- Friday 20 May 2016
- Leiden University, University Library
Witte Singel 27
- Vossius conference room
In Eastern as well as Western culture we find a wide range of performances that play with the boundaries between stage and audience. Within these performances, the audience plays an active role. The audience can be an essential part of the performance, it can interfere with it or even contribute to shaping the boundaries between fact and fiction. In Iran, for example, audience participation has sometimes taken a violent turn, when emotional audience members, during the performance of a passion play, attacked the antagonist in order to show their own loyalties, and actors had to assure the audience that they are only presenting a semblance and that there is a difference between fact and fiction.
In this one-day-symposium scholars from different disciplines will discuss the active role of the audience: How does the audience contribute to the performance, and what is the audience’s role within the process of (re-)organizing the boundaries between the world of the stage and the world of the audience?
09:00-09:30: coffee / tea
10:00-10:45: Rokus de Groot: 'Composing’ the listener'
11:00- 11:45: Zoe Ghyselinck: ’Das Theater glich einem Irrenhause’. (Re-)Presentations of a ‘real’ and ‘ideal’ audience in metatheatrical reflections in Schiller's Die Räuber and E.T.A. Hoffmann's Seltsame Leiden eines Theaterdirektors
11:45-12:30: Geert Warnar: 'Fact and fiction or presence and performance? The case of Medieval Dutch Dialogues'
14:00-14:45: Asghar Seyed Gohrab: 'Bearing Rapture and Sorrow: The Audience’s Role in Persian Passion Plays'
15:00-15:45: Babette Hellemans: 'In Search of Lost Realism: Medieval Time and Representations of the Passion in Theatre and Art'
16:00-16:45: Saskia Kersenboom: “Tasting the mimetic performance”, the actor-audience dynamics and interaction, as the joint creation of (the Indian aesthetical concept of) RASA
18:00- dinner speakers
Attendants are required to pay a fee of € 15,00. This fee includes coffee/tea and lunch.
This symposium is free for students, but they should pay a fee if they wish to make use of the lunch arrangement.
Account number 1020.54.266
Leiden University / Faculty of Humanities
PO Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden
Please mention: 'SAPno. 1550003050'
For registration and further information please contact Asghar Seyed-Gohrab: A.A.Seyed-Gohrab@hum.leidenuniv.nl