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2017

Call for Papers: Revolution Through Music and Film Symposium

Proposals are invited for a two-day symposium at Edge Hill University on 8th-9th November 2017

The 1917 ‘October’ Revolution in Russia precipitated a wave of revolutions. Disillusionment with prevailing political, social and artistic structures in the aftermath of the First World War and the wake of these Revolutions led to a redefinition of musical, artistic and moving image forms in service to new utopian ideals sweeping throughout Europe. This was manifest in the compositional and theosophical experiments of composers such as Alexander Scriabin and the political underpinnings of art movements such as Constructivism. Cinema, arguably still in its infancy, was to become one of the preeminent tools of propaganda in service to the utopian ideals of the newly established Soviet state, with filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov creating radically inventive films. The legacy of these revolutions and their intimate connection to music, art and film can still be felt to today.

To mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Edge Hill University would like to invite a call for papers on any aspect of film and music that interrogates the relationship between film, music and the Russian Revolution and the legacy that it engendered.

Areas of interest might include by are not limited to:
Film Music and Revolution
Film and Revolution
Animation and Revolution
Interdisciplinary practice and Revolution
Music/film and technical revolution
Film/music as propaganda
Film/music as resistance
Early Film and revolution
Constructivist Music and Revolution
The spiritual and revolution
Transcendence and film/music

Edge Hill University will welcome Edward Artemiev, Russian pioneer of electronic music and longtime collaborator of filmmaker Andrew Tarkovsky, and internationally acclaimed Russian composer Yuri Kasparov for a roundtable discussion.

There will also be a series of film screenings and a concert of contemporary Russian music featuring chamber works by Yuri Kasparov and electronic works by Edward Artemiev, in addition to compositions by Russian composers of the last 100 years such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Galina Ustvolskaya and Edison Denisov.

Speakers are invited to submit a 250 word abstract for a twenty-minute conference paper and short biography to both Dr. Aimee Mollaghan and Prof. Steve Davismoon.

The deadline for proposals is 6th October 2017. The performances, screenings and symposium are all free to attend but will be ticketed.

November 2017 – Karen Jaundrill-Scott to co-present with Australian Monash University’s Rosemary Bennett at the 7th World Arts Alliance for Education Conference

Abstract: This presentation reports on the parallel research of two academics involved in building arts partnerships across communities both within and outside traditional academic environments. Their intersecting dialogue (facilitated via digital and personal exchange) revolves around creative pedagogies aimed at embodied development through dance in both formal and informal teaching and learning contexts.

August 2017 – The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, co-edited by  Vicky Karkou and featuring work by Mark Edward and June Gersten-Roberts

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing is now out and will reach bookshops on the 1st of October. This is the third and largest of the books by Vicky Karkou, Professor of Dance, Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University (co-edited with Dr Sue Oliver, freelance community dance practitioner and Dr Sophia Lycouris, Reader of Interdisciplinary Choreography at University of Edinburgh). With 1000 pages, over 50 chapters, more than 90 contributors from around the world and numerous video clips on its online version, it is expected that the book will become a seminal textbook. It will be available from Amazon and Oxford University Press.

July 2017 – Professor Vicky Karkou presents at the International Congress of Music Therapy in Japan

Vicky Karkou - International Congress of Music TherapyWith music and music therapy colleagues from Queen Margaret University Philippa Derrington and Nicky Haire in Edinburgh and dancer and dance movement psychotherapist Suzi Cunningham, Professor Vicky Karkou presented and performed at the International Congress of Music Therapy in Japan. The roundtable titled Encounters on Stage: Exploring Embodied Empathic Improvisation as Performance, part of the Network of Research in Improvisation Concurrent (3.5), was received very well from an international audience who engaged emotionally and conceptually adding comments such as:

“My initial feelings were that my heart was pounding and that I felt very emotional, almost like crying. I thought it was beautiful…”

“… it cleared my thoughts and was enlightening in many ways. I felt a real sense of emotional connectedness with the performers. During the improvisation many images were conjured up in my mind, ones of mountain, sea, forests and being an ever-changing creature on a journey. I felt it was interesting to have the feeling of being a butterfly and light and free changed into the almost manic running of a person. ”

“… I feel that this is not only relevant to therapy work but also to exchange in general with other people and with life in general.”

“I particularly found the comments from the Japanese audience members interesting. Firstly for a male chair to have broken the ‘rules’ because he felt he needed to tell you that he had cried and he was not sure why. ”

The trip to Japan was followed by meetings with academics and performers in dance (met with Professor Akira Okamoto, academic, director and performer and with the one main female performer of Butoh, Ima Tenko) and music (piano: Joshua Pearl from USA, fiddle: Nicky Haire from Scotland and koto: Kuhara Sawako from Japan) amongst others.

27 June 2017 – One Hour Theatre Company (OHTC) presents King Lear in Brexitland, by Tim Prentki, directed by Victor Merriman

Abstract: It is the summer of 2017. Lear is old and sick, and his kingdom is disintegrating. He is admitted to his local NHS hospital, and, in A&E, is cared for by his Fool. A carpenter arrives in the overstretched emergency area, injured at work, and the fortunes of the ancient king and the young man play out in a drama of Britain now.

King Lear in Brexitland is the fourth original play by OHTC, since it launched at Edge Hill University in October 2016. It was brought to the stage in rehearsed reading form, as its themes had assumed such pressing importance. Audiences at the Communiversity Croxteth (2.00pm), and the Black-E Community Arts Centre Liverpool (7.30pm) availed of opportunities to respond to the script, in discussion with actors and the creative team. The readings were funded by the university’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) in response to a proposal developed by Professor Merriman, at The Role of the University Post-Brexit: Community/University Action Research  (I4P event, Manchester, 10 April 2017).

19 June 2017 – Professor Victor Merriman gives public lecture at Edge Hill University’s Festival of Ideas

As part of I4P’s programme for Festival of Ideas 2017, Professor Merriman presented, Limits and Possibilities: Difference, Identity and Publics in Post-Liberal Britain”.

15 June 2017 – Colwyn Trevarthen gives guest lecture at Edge Hill University’s Festival of Ideas

‘We need to belong’ asks whether or not our desire to communicate is merely affectionate attachment for protection reasons or the basis for the creation of meaning and language. For more information, please view the lecture slides and references.

June 2017 – Festival of Ideas

The Performing Arts Department had the opportunity to contribute multiple pieces of work the the university’s 2017 Festival of Ideas. This included the mini-music festival Resonant Edge, the Leonora Carrington Symposium, STUCK, Medea/Mothers’ Clothes, CartrefSowing Seeds, We’re not English, we’re Cornish, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Psycho-Trauma, Remember Me, and Exclaim!

23 May 2017 – Professor David Peimer gives keynote address on Havel and Mandela

As part of Creative Africa Day 2017, David Peimer was invited to give a keynote paper on Havel and Mandela; Nationalising Identities and Contemporary Theatre, at a conference organized by the Havel and Mandela Foundation in Prague on 23rd May.

27 April 2017 – Professor Victor Merriman Keynote to Irish Society for Theatre Research

The ISTR Annual Conference invited Professor Victor Merriman to deliver one of three keynote addresses in its 2017 programme. Approaching the conference theme, Performance and Revolution from a provocative angle, Professor Merriman reflected on  ‘Re-Actions, Re-Visions: Counter-Revolution and Dramaturgy in Twentieth-Century Ireland’.

4 March 2017 – In Search of the Phoenix, composed by Professor Stephen Davismoon

In Search of the Phoenix, based upon the Russian folk hero Sadko, is a new music theatre work composed by Stephen Davismoon, directed by Sadie Smith and devised with students of Chatsworth High School and Community College, Salford and members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with beautiful animation by Anthony Jay and sound design by Paul Rogerson with his Khoros Instrument. This was a collaborative project between Chatsworth High School and Community College, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Edge Hill University.

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