“Theatre Criticism in the digital age: Practicing new critical models in Canada”
Moderators: Karen Fricker and Hayley Malouin
The ongoing shift from print-based to digital forms of media is opening up opportunities for critics and scholars to engage critically with all art forms – including the live performing arts – in new ways. Many of these new modes of engagement offer a productive challenge to received understandings of critical authority and critical distance. As such these new approaches to criticism have the potential to destabilise hierarchies, centre under-represented voices, and participate in the decolonization of theatre and performance practices. Participants in this seminar have experimented with such new modes of critical engagement. During the two-hour seminar, they will share these experiments, discussing their value and viability. Following this, the organizers will lead a group discussion about potential futures for new criticism in Canada, including the possible creation of a working group.