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Intended for academics and practitioners in scenography and performing arts related fields.


Open call for abstracts for the upcoming Performance Design Futures Symposium, scheduled to take place between the 8th - 10th  April, in Nicosia, Cyprus.


The abstract submissions may be for short paper presentations (15 minutes), provocations (10 minutes) and performative presentations (15 minutes).


Abstracts may correspond to one or more of the symposium thematics as listed below, discussing new practices and innovative ideas regarding the field. 


This international hybrid symposium aims to open a dialogue for the development of Performance Design and future practices around the world and in Cyprus. Further to that, our aim is to open a discussion around building academic courses of study on Scenography within the Cypriot Higher Education Institutions.


The title Performance Design Futures refers to the new tendencies within the field of scenography to move outside the theatrical stage, and the need for the role of the performance designer to become more political.


Performance Design is defined as “[…] a loose and inclusive term that asserts the role of artists [and] designers in the conception and realisation of events, as well as their awareness of how design elements not only actively extend the performing body, but also perform without and in spite of the human body. […] In harnessing the dynamic forces inherent to environments and objects and insisting on a co-creative audience as participatory players, it provides a critical tool to reflect, confront and realign world views.” (Hannah and Harslǿf, 2008, p.18)


  1. Performance Design in the Urban Realm 

  2. Performance Design as Dramaturgy 

  3. Performance Design and Sustainability 

  4. Performance Design in Higher Education


  1. Rachel Hann (UK) 

  2. Dorita Hannah (NZ) 

  3. Tanja Beer (AU)

  4. Andreas Skourtis (UK/GR) 

  5. Yiannis Toumazis (CY)


Mariza Bargilly, Scenographer/Visual Artist

Eleni Ioannou, Performance Designer

Dr Marina Hadjilouca, Performance Designer & Academic

Marina Maleni, Theatre & Communication Specialist

Abstracts of up to 250 words should address one of the symposium thematics and clearly describe the content of presentations and their basis.


The official language of the Symposium is English and all abstracts should therefore be written and presented in English.


Please note that the organisers will confirm receipt of all abstracts. Authors not receiving an e-mail notifying receipt of their abstract should check with the organizers to ensure their abstract has been effectively received.


Abstracts will undergo a selection process and authors will be notified by 30th March 2022.

Please note that acceptance of your abstract into the symposium programme does not automatically register you in the conference. Presenting authors must register and pay the symposium fee after receipt of the acceptance notification.


Deadline for Abstracts  07/03/2022

Abstracts Accepted   30/03/2022

Symposium Dates   08/04 - 10 /04/2022

Please send abstracts by 07/03/2022 and questions to 

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