Univ. of Bern, Institute of Musicology; Lena van der Hoven and Luis Velasco-Pufleau (Web)
Venue: University of Bern
Proposals by: 15.07.2023
Since Catherine Clément’s seminal work on the intertwining of opera plots and violence against women,a growing number of musicologists have critically engaged with the representation of sexual violence against women in canonical operas and their stagings, and questioned the persistence of rape culture in new productions. This scholarship has successfully examined rape as a ‚violent performative of systemic, gendered power‘. Building on this scholarship, this two-day conference aims to broaden the perspective and specifically examine not only rape of women in opera, but also femicides and sexual violence against men and non-binary people, under the theme of gendered violence in music theatre in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Particularly in light of the recent increased awareness of gender-based violence against women through phenomena such as the #MeToo movement and the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers want to explore if and how these events have influenced the commissioning of new music theatre productions on the themes of rape, femicide and gender-based violence, or the staging of opera and music theatre repertoire from the 20th century. Assuming that the #MeToo movement and the COVID-19 pandemic have increased public awareness and sensitivity to the issue, the conference aims to explore whether there has been an increase in funding strategies for commissioning music theatre or staging music theatre productions on these themes.
The conference will also discuss whether and how new compositions and new stagings of 20th century repertoire reflect current discourses on power and gender-based violence – also against men – and refuse to re-stage problematic power relations. In addition, the conference aims to broaden the previously exclusive perspective of the Global North to include discussions of productions from the Global South and their social significance. Read more and source … (Web)