Opening ceremony at the Tangier International Conference, Photo Credit: International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS)
Articles, Reviews, Volume 5

Tangier International Conference for 2016: The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theatre

Tangier International Conference for 2016
“The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theatre”
By Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication


The 12th annual international conference organized in Tangier by the International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) and its partners was held this year September 15 through 19.  This year’s theme was “The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theatre,” a theme which not only recalled the growing interest in the Western theatre in narrative since the anti-illusionistic innovations of Brecht and Piscator, but also the interest in narrative which goes back to the earliest performance traditions in the Arab world and which has gain new attention in Western theatre in the work of Brook, Mnouchkine and many others.  More than fifty international scholars presented contributions to this topic and their presentations were significantly supplemented by a variety of performances held in different venues in Tangier each evening of the conference.

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