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The Canadian Association for Theatre Research holds a conference each year that brings together theatre scholars, educators, professionals, and students from around the world. This year’s conference – “Partition/Ensemble” – is a joint effort of CATR and the Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET).

The Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) and the Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET) sought to hold a joint, bilingual conference on the theme Partition/Ensemble in Montreal in May 2020. Under this banner, we sought to discuss modes of scenic composition and creative processes (partition in French) and of intellectual and artistic traditions – both shared (“ensemble”) and distinct (“partition” in English) – in Canada.

As we announced in March, though we cannot meet in Montreal at the end of May as planned, we have come too far to simply cancel Partition/Ensemble. We mourn the beautiful idea of the in-person gathering, our hopes around its outcomes, and the labour expended in pulling it together. But we hope too to salvage the spirit of the event and realize some of the fruits of our shared labour.

In this regard, we decided to put forward a reduced, “relaxed,” virtual conference that would run asynchronously and be accessible for two weeks, starting on July 27. Although not ideal, such an event would allow us to meet the core goals of Partition/Ensemble – to advance our understandings of la partition, and to foster dialogue across languages and artistic and intellectual traditions, to build a more meaningful ensemble. Moreover, we could offer such a conference with no extra fees to CATR and SQET members. Stay tuned!

The conference will feature papers, workshops and performances on a wide range of theatre and performance studies topics, relating to both Canadian and international performance. These presentations are instrumental to defining our field and represent the most innovative research, methods, and theories emerging in performance-related disciplines. Our conference is an important site for building scholarly and creative community, and works to promote an environment where members can engage in vibrant discussion, develop professional alliances, make and renew friendships.

If you have questions about the 2020 conference, please email partitionensemble@gmail.com.

Conference Team:

Conference administrator: Linna Qin

Translators: Gabrielle Houle and Sunita Nigam

Accessibility Consultant: Paul Tshuma

Conference Programming Committee Co-Chairs: Nicole Nolette and Sylvain Lavoie

Local Arrangements Committee: Marie-Christine Lesage, Chantale Lepage, Shauna Janssen, Yves Jubinville, Sylvain Lavoie, Carole Nadeau, Nicole Nolette, Erin Hurley, and Ash McAskill

Conference Programming Committee: Jessica Carmichael, Mindy Carter, Paula Danckert, Véronique Hébert, Kathleen Irwin, Yves Jubinville, Marie-Christine Lesage, Yana Meerzon, Carole Nadeau, Glen Nichols, Jean-Paul Quéinnec, and Sarah Waisvisz

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