Theatre and the Popular – Schedule
Friday 11 March (Hátíðarsalur/Aula)
10:00 – 12:00 Welcome / Workshop, part I
The workshop will be focused on the issue of the popular as a subject of research within the field of theatre studies. The workshop is sponsored by the International Federation for Theatre Research and led by Elaine Aston, professor at Lancaster University.
12:00 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Panel 1: Public pleasures: Aspects of entertainment
Jonas Eklund (Stockholm University): Revealing the Popular: On burlesque and the popular
Guðrún Kristinsdóttir (University of Iceland): Condemnation of the public’s pleasure in the Quarrel of the Cid: The popular and the academic.
Jurgita Staniškytė (Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas): The Good, The Bad and the Populist: Performing Popular Culture on Lithuanian Theatre Stage
15:15 – 16:45 Panel 2: Popular theatre: Highbrow and/or Lowbrow
Ken Nielsen (New York University Abu Dhabi): Subversive Sangerindepavillioner: The Popular, Pleasure, and Queer Political Subversion
Jon Nygaard (University of Oslo): Ibsen and the Popular Theatre
Rikard Hoogland (Stockholm University): The Valuation of Popular Theatre Performances: The example Ljungby Horn.
17:00 – 19:00 Conference Dinner at Aalto Bistro, Nordic House
Saturday 12 March (Room 052)
8:30 – 10:00 Workshop, part II
10:30 – 12:00 Panel 3: Political entertainment
Anna Blekestad Watson (University of Bergen): “A good night out”, when Political Theatre Aims at Being Popular: A Comparison Between Norwegian and Scottish Political Theatre in the 1970s
Mikael Strömberg (University of Gothenburg): Entertainment is Both Fun and Political. Period.
Sigríður Lára Sigurjónsdóttir (University of Iceland): The Joy of Righteous Anger
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Panel 4: Wanna play? Participatory theatre
Ine Therese Berg (Oslo and Akershus University College): Talking to the Audience: Methodological approaches to researching participatory theatre.
Gerður Halldóra Sigurðardóttir (University of Iceland): Popular Participation: Why do people participate in amateur theatre? (And is it culture?)
Mikko-Olavi Seppala (University of Helsinki): Workers’ theatres, leftist artists and the antifascist front in 1930s Finland
15:00 – 16:30 Panel 5: The Popular, the Avant Garde and the Opera
Martin Regal (University of Iceland): Challenging Emancipation Narratives: The Avant-Garde vs the Popular
Daria Kubiak and Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen (Stockholm University): “It is all in the making…”: Artistic Popular Theatre
Jonas Forssell (University College of Opera Stockholm): “Opera in the Vernacular” vs. “Opera in Original Language”
19:30 Performance: Let the Right One In (National Theatre)
Sunday 13 March (Room 225)
9:00 – 10:30 Panel 6: Methods: Staging the contemporary and the political
Zane Radzobe (University of Latvia): Entertainment to Ideology, to Ritual: The history of performing “Skroderdienas Silmačos” by Rūdolfs Blaumanis
Ott Karulin (Sirp): How to Explain Popular to a Dead Hare?
Jason Price (University of Sussex): Popular Forms and the New Sensibility: The Mingling of High and Low Culture in Postmodern Performance
11:00 – 12:00 Panel 7: Informative and documentary performance
Magnus Thor Thorbergsson (University of Iceland): What Do You Want to See Tonight? Examining public taste in 16 Lovers’ The Spectacle of the Year
Laura Gröndahl (Tampere University): Theatre as Popularized Journalism
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Panel 8: Theatrical traditions: Shifts and developments
Rūta Mažeikienė (Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas): From Storytelling to Out-Door Parades: The Use of Popular Theatre Forms in Contemporary Lithuanian Theatre
Terry Gunnell (University of Iceland): Meeting the Christmas Goat: Analysing Nordic Masking Traditions as Modes of Popular Performance
14:30 – 16:30 Workshop, part III