Revaluing Theatrical Heritage

22-23 January 201, Kortrijk, Belgium

An international conference held by the Free University Brussels and Ghent University in association with the Artesis University College and with support from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).

Despite eye-opening discoveries, exhibitions and performances, many valuable holdings of theatrical heritage continue to linger in oblivion. A stunning exemplar is the recently unearthed 'Dubosq collection' at the Cultuurcentrum Kortrijk: a near-complete ensemble of drops, flats and props from the Belle Époque. How do such time capsules affect our understanding and appreciation of historical staging practices? Under which conditions should these vulnerable, excessively rare artefacts be preserved and manipulated? And which challenges and opportunities arise from their reuse on the modern stage?

Revaluing Theatrical Heritage addresses these and related issues from a broader perspective. Scholars, performers, directors, conservators and administrators will share experiences and results of recent projects and work in progress. There will be sessions dedicated to novel methods, historically informed productions of opera, archives, endangered and restored architecture, scenography, and puppetry.

Institutional Partners & Funding

Financial support from the FWO (Research Foundation Flanders)