CALL FOR PAPERS
CRITICAL STAGES/SCENES CRITIQUES
International Association of Theatre Critics
Association internationale des critiques de théâtre
a/s Jean-Pierre Han, 27, rue Beaunier, 75014 Paris,France
SOUND/THEATRE: SOUND IN PERFORMANCE
Critical Stages # 16 (December 2017)
Proposal deadline: 1 February 2017 (see below for details)
Special Issue Editor: Johannes Birringer (DAP-Lab)
Inspired by recent productions in theatre and dance as well as by scholarly attention
given to an acoustic/sonic turn in recent years that is closely linked to the growth in
scenographic and design studies, this special issue of Critical Stages (number 16,
December 2017) will focus on sonification/musicalization of the stage environment,
generative sonic processes, theatre aurality, music theatre/opera, digital performance
and sound design.
Looking at a widening arena of composed theatre as well as interactive and sonic
installation art, we encourage vigorous debate on emerging concepts of rhythmic
spaces, resonant dramaturgies, audiophonic scenographies, vibrational theatres,
multisensory atmospheres in performance.
Many creative processes today (enhanced by diverse technologies and ever-changing
techniques) gather momentum, in which audible, but also tactile, haptic and/or visible
dynamics, actions, atmospheres and traces are recreated, without that theories of
affect and perception have yet fully defined or explored the contours sound affords for
the spectators/listeners, especially if interactions unfold within the area of the nonverbal
and beyond alignment with signs, narrative threads.
We are also interested in hearing from practitioners who work in collaborative
production on such contouring.
This issue invites a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives drawn from
compositional processes and production aesthetics as well as from investigations into
the perception of the interplay of analogue/digital, instrumental/vocal, and musical or
noise-sound, or various manifestations of sound design and sonic scenographies.
The issue will approach the role of sound in performance/performance of sound with
the following general headings in mind:
• Sonic Design/Sonic Scenography
• Acoustic Ecologies
• Aesthetics and Politics
Length of papers: maximum 4000 words
Proposals: 1 May 2017
First drafts: 1 August 2017
Publication date: December 2017
All proposals, submissions and enquiries should be sent to: