St. Francis College hosts Sixth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Lit and the Arts

June 18, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Members of the audience come on stage to dance with Aurelia Baumgartner. Photo courtesy of St. Francis College
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Dozens of scholars, academics and experts came to St. Francis College from as far away as Russia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia for the Sixth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts from June 10 to June 12.

More than 20 countries were represented at panels that covered topics including rebellious theatre; women in poetry, drama and prose fiction and consciousness.

Two performances highlighted the three day event. Aurelia Baumgartner, a German scholar known as the “dancing philosopher,” and others delivered a “finely crafted and choreographed performance that can only be described as art and music in motion,” said St. Francis English Professor and conference co-organizer Gregory Tague.  

Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon (Temple University) delivered a one-woman poetry performance, sharing a dramatic account of her African-American family across generations.

Baumgartner and Williams-Witherspoon were two of the three keynote lectures at the conference. The third was co-organizer Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, from University of Lincoln, U.K. who addressed the question: Can there be theatre without conflict?

Plenary sessions included Karen Saillant, who offered a moving narrative about her work in opera theatre; Thomas Phillips and Ken Kirschner, who performed computerized, minimalistic music live; and Marc Silberschatz, who conducted a workshop on interactive play.


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