Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques


Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques

International Association of Theatre Critics

Association internationale des critiques de théâtre
a/s Jean-Pierre Han, 27, rue Beaunier, 75014 Paris,France

ISSN 2409-7411


Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques is available online to the reader without financial, legal or technical barriers. Ιt is a peer-reviewed journal fully committed to the Open Access Initiative. It  offers a platform for debate and exploration of a wide range of theatre and performance art manifestations from all over the world. Our aim is to make our readers feel that Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques is their “local” webjournal with a global reach.

Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques is published twice a year with generous support
from the Department of Theatre and the College of Fine and Applied Arts
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.

Call for Papers

Chinese Theatre and Performing Arts

Issue # 18 (December 2018)

Deadlines: (see below for details)

Special Issue Editors:

  • Prof. Peng Tao
  • Ass. Prof. Zhu Ning
  • Prof. Savas Patsalidis

Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques invites material for its upcoming special issue #18 (December 2018) on Chinese theatre and performing arts.


The starting point for this special issue on the contemporary state of affairs in the Chinese theatre and in other Chinese performing arts (opera, dance and dance theatre) has been the realization that the Chinese performance culture has not remained unaffected by recent global developments: flows and tensions, opportunities and challenges, possibilities and crises.

Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques special issue #18 is an attempt to map at least some parts of the foregoing landscape. It is intended as a timely exploration of Chinese performance culture in motion in light of unfolding global processes and trends.

We welcome contributions that address features and prospects of the Chinese theatre, dance and dance theatre—including the traditional Chinese operas or Xiqu, as well as Chinese theatre education, and that attend to new and established Chinese theatre practice(s) and practitioners.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Current developments in the Chinese theatre (influences, changes, economics etc)
  • Chinese theatre directors, playwrights and/or other theatre practitioners
  • The development of the Chinese Xiqu
  • Chinese theatre education (drama curricula, drama schools/academies, training centers etc)
  • Chinese theatre criticism (role, status, impact etc)
  • Chinese theatre/drama outside China
  • Dynamics of interculturalism
  • The “Otherness” of China in western drama: Race, ethnicity, stereotypes
  • West-East Readings and Misreadings

Length of papers: maximum 3,500 words (including notes and works cited)

Proposals1 December 2017
First Drafts: 1 May 2018
Publication date: December 2018

Proposals of approximately 300 words (and a brief bio) in Microsoft Word should be sent as early as possible to the editors: