Thursday, July 02, 2009

Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance

Deadline: July 30, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance

November 2010

Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance will explore interdisciplinary aspects of dance dress and costume, this multi-cultural mode of human expression, from a variety of practical, historical and creative perspectives. For four days (exact dates to be determined) participants will attend lectures, see demonstrations, have on-site visits as well as observe or participate in exclusive dance performances.

This unique symposium will be of interest not only to costume and dance historians, costume designers, costume makes, museum curators, archivists, textile and costume conservators, dancers and dance re-enactors, etc., but also to students and members of the public with a desire to learn about dress for dance from the experts in the fields examined.

We are seeking papers on unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience, relating to the following themes:

• History of dance costume for professional performance: theatre, ballet, cinema, etc.
• Dress for traditional and ceremonial dance: costume as expressions of cultures
• Fashion and popular dance: the relationship between popular music, new styles of dance and fashionable dress, past and present
• Creating dance costume: designers, artists, artisans, stylists, tailors, seamstresses using traditional, experimental and/or contemporary materials and techniques
• Historical dance re-enactment: getting the steps and the clothing right
• Dance costume in museums and archives: collecting designs and surviving costume, conservation, display techniques
• Documenting dance dress: dress as documents and documents of dress
• Dance costume and artistic expression: their reciprocal relationship
Proposals from costume and dance historians, costume designers, costume makers, museum curators, archivists, textile conservators, dancers and dance re-enactors, etc. worldwide are welcome.

Those interested in participating should submit proposals for papers in the form of an abstract no later than Thursday July 30th 2009 according to the following format:

- Text font: Times New Roman 11
- Language: English or Italian
- Author(s): surname(s), given name(s); presenter listed first and in bold font
- Presentation Title in bold font
- Interspacing: 1,5
- Maximum 250 words

Send abstract and a personal biography (maximum 200 words) as a .doc file attachment by email (please write “CONFERENCE PROPOSAL” in the subject line) to:

All individual presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Please list audio-visual requirements in your proposal. Conference languages are English and Italian (simultaneous interpretation will be provided).

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Please Note:
All Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance presentations will be recorded (audio synchronized with your Power Point or visual material) and subsequently published on-line (see, for example, the online presentations of the first edition at the
website It is the speakers’ obligation to obtain any and all necessary permissions for the use of visual material before their presentation is given.

The Costume Colloquium organizers are unable to contribute to any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of papers.

Acceptances will be announced by Thursday December 31st 2009.

Visit website for complete details:

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