February 2nd – 4th 2018

The 2018 Festival of Original Theatre at the University of Toronto Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance studies will ask the following question:

What can drama, theatre and performance studies contribute to a barrier-free society?

Titled Supporting Bodies, the festival will focus on participatory and creative explorations on the topic of Disability.

Our aim is to explore — through both the form and content of the conference — new approaches to creating a barrier-free culture.

We welcome proposals for performances, workshops, working groups and papers. Watch this space for more information about how you can submit your work.

Meantime, here are some of the themes we are looking for:

Disability and script
Ethical issues and performance
Language and the discursive
Performing disability
Disability as metaphor
Stereotypes and poster children
Inspiration porn
Models of disability
Community-based creations
Disabled and non-disabled collaborations

Disability and staging
Movement and dance
Special effects
Cyber-interventions and human-machine collaborations
High and low tech
Accessibility for performers

Disability and audience
Accommodating audiences
Us and them
Offense, the give and take
Challenging moments
Freak Shows

Disability and performance culture
Defining disability
Disability and institutional culture
Family and allies

And we welcome your suggestions as well!