“Practice as research in the performing arts pursues hybrid enquiries combining creative doing with reflexive being, thus fashioning freshly critical interactions between current epistemologies and ontologies.” (Kershaw, Baz, 2011, p. 64)

In the nineteenth century, scholar-academicians reimagined the method of blending art and scholarship and a new way was invented, named variously as “Practice as Research”, “Practice-cased Research”, “Practice-led Research” or “Practice-Turn Research”. 

Ongoing research in the performance spectrum focuses on the process of making and the ways in which a performance can be seen or read. The changing methodologies of performance practice and performance making open up new possibilities of experimentation, which include space, time, body, medium and many other elements. A constant need of bridging the gap between practice and theory has been felt, where performance making and performance reading can go together and influence each other.

The questions that can be addressed in this arena are: 
How does a research work turn into a performance? How does performance turn into research? How does a performance influence research writing? How can performance making and research work simultaneously and influence each other? How can a repertoire be transformed into an archive? 

These are the questions to be addressed in the two-day conference at Kolkata Centre for Creativity scheduled for 3rd & 4th September, 2021. The subthemes for abstract submissions may also include:

1. The technical processes of reading or seeing a performance to create archival research material
2. Performance reviews that can be treated as examples of Practice as Research.

Abstracts within 200 words along with this form should be emailed by 1st August, 2021, 11:59 hrs (IST) to submission.kcc@akst.org.in

Last Date of Submission - 1st August, 2021, 11:59hrs. (IST)

Announcement of selected paper - 15th August, 2021, 17:00hrs. (IST) on KCC website 

Submission of full paper -25th August, 2021, 11:59hrs. (IST) in submission.kcc@akst.org.in

Conference Dates - 3rd & 4th September, 2021
Click here to download the Submission Form