The University of Western Sydney will host a Samuel Beckett Symposium in January, 2003, celebrating, in association with The Sydney Festival, Company B and the Sydney Theatre Company, the fiftieth anniversary of the first performance of En Attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot). The Symposium, to be called after Beckett d’après Beckett, will form part of the 2003 Sydney Festival, and will be held at the Sydney Theatre Company’s magnificent Wharf Theatre complex on Sydney Harbour from January 6 till January 10, 2003. The symposium, which will be opened and attended by Beckett’s literary executor and nephew Edward Beckett, has the support of the Beckett International Foundation and the Samuel Beckett Society and will constitute a major celebration of this important anniversary worldwide.
SERIES OF EVENTS
Fifty years to the day since the first production at the diminutive Théâtre du Babylone in Paris, Company B will premiere a new production of Waiting for Godot directed by Neil Armfield and starring Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush. The Sydney Theatre Company will premiere an exciting new production of Endgame directed by Benedict Andrews with the Wharf theatre and the entry to it unrecognisably reconfigured for this production. The premieres will coincide with a series of cultural events exploring the diversity of Beckett’s artistic influence and interests, which is likely to include the screening of the complete Beckett on Film Project; a major dance work by an international dance company; radio broadcasts of Beckett’s works; visual arts exhibitions; other theatrical productions of Beckett plays and other plays inspired and influenced by him, including a new work drawn from Beckett’s prose works directed by Clara Mason through UWS entitled ‘Beckett on Vinyl’.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Samuel Beckett Symposium, 2003,
after Beckett d’après Beckett,
Sydney, Australia, Jan. 6-10, 2003
Hosted by The University of Western Sydney
Keynotes and Plenary panellists include:
Luce Irigaray (live via satellite)
H. Porter Abbott
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: July 15, 2002.
CALL FOR PAPERS
We welcome proposals from all interested parties on any aspect of Beckett’s works, life, the context of their composition or reception, and approaches to their production. In addition we welcome papers concerning any aspect of the influence of Beckett’s works on others in any field (those working ‘d’après’ or in the manner of Beckett) or questions concerning the direction of contemporary artistic practice ‘after’ Beckett and those elements of 20th century avant garde with which he was associated. Beckett’s prose and dramatic works continue to appeal to artists and others both within and beyond the realms of literature and theatre, eliciting creative responses across many fields, ranging from sound and visual arts to philosophy, social criticism, cultural studies and ethics. The Symposium will seek to take stock of the nature of this legacy and the range of this influence.
Proposals should be 200 words long for papers of 20 minutes duration. We also welcome proposals gathering a number of papers together for complete sessions (which will be one and a half hours long).
The deadline for submission of proposals is July 15, 2002.
Send proposals or address correspondence to:
Anthony Uhlmann email@example.com
Jay Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org
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