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