09–11 March 2016
International Arts Campus
deSingel Antwerp

International conference on creative processes in the performing arts

Lectures by
Rebecca Schneider
Tim Etchells
Michael Shanks

Artist talks by
Romeo Castellucci
Jan Fabre
Benjamin Verdonck

When does a performance begin and when does it end? Does it only exist when it is staged in front of an audience, or does its life also exceed that transitory moment? Is the actual showing of the work performance’s primary mode of existence? Or could it be that the allure of the act tends to make us forget about the gamut of creative decisions, daily rehearsals, and preparatory materials that determine its appearance on stage and yet remain absent from it?  Read more about themes and topics


Registration will open on Friday 1 January 2016.

Participants are asked to fill in the form in order to register for the event and to select their preferences.

Registration Fee

Rate: 100 euro

The conference fee covers:

  • ‘Tracing Creation’ conference package
  • Participation in PhD Forum and Conference program (4 days)
  • Refreshments between sessions
  • Lunch (varied buffet of sandwiches and salads)

Tickets for performances, evening dinners, and the conference closing dinner must be ordered separately by filling in the form.

Please note that your registration is only valid after we have received your payment. Payments are to be made in Euro and via bank transfer to the following account:
IBAN: BE80 7390 1228 7877

Name and address of the account holder Name and address of the bank
University of AntwerpKBC
Prinsstraat 13Eiermarkt 20
B-2000 AntwerpB-2000 Antwerp

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Keynote Speakers

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks is the Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology. He is also Director of Stanford Archaeology Center's Metamedia Lab, which applies an archaeological sensibility to media new and old, and Co-Director of the Stanford Humanities Lab, a groundbreaking cross-disciplinary center of digital humanities. His research interests include the history of archaeological engagements with the past, and design in Graeco-Roman antiquity. For Shanks, archaeologists do not discover the past; they work on what remains. Archaeology is about our relationships with what is left of the past.


Rebecca Schneider

Rebecca Schneider is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University where she also holds affiliate positions in the History of Art and Architecture and the Department of Modern Culture and Media. She is the author of Theatre and History, 2014; Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reenactment, 2011; and The Explicit Body in Performance, 1997. She is also the author of numerous essays including “Hello Dolly Well Hello Dolly: The Double and Its Theatre,” “Solo Solo Solo,” “It Seems As If I am Dead: Zombie Capitalism and Theatrical Labor,” “Remembering Feminist Remimesis,” and the forthcoming “What Happened, or Finishing Live” in Representations. She has edited special issues of TDR: A Journal of Performance Studies on New Materialism and Performance (2015) and Precarity and Performance (2012). She is co-editor, with Gabrielle Cody, of Re:Direction, and of the book series “Theatre: Theory/Text/Performance” with University of Michigan Press.

Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers. His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He is currently Professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University. His monograph on contemporary performance and Forced Entertainment, Certain Fragments (Routledge 1999) is widely acclaimed. Recent publications include Vacuum Days (Storythings, 2012), While You Are With Us Here Tonight (LADA, 2013).


Practical Information

The conference (9-11 March) takes place at deSingel International Arts Campus (Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerp)

The pre-conference PhD forum (8 March 2016) takes place at the University of Antwerp’s City Campus (Prinsstraat 13, Antwerp).

© Image: Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio / Chiara Guidi, Notes for Voyage au bout de la nuit (1999)