IPPT Ghent 2018

The 5th IPPT will be hosted by the KASK/School of Arts Ghent in Belgium on the 12th and 13th of January 2018. There will be an opening diner on thursday the 11th and a closing meeting on sunday morning the 14th.

The central topic of this year’s meeting is MOVEMENT. We want to ask ourselves if our current training methods and pedagogical views are dealing with the many ways in which movement is used in performance, with how contemporary movement practices are shaped and how movement is activated in different signification patterns.

To subscribe for participation please fill in this participation form. We will confirm your participation as soon as possible. Please subscribe as quickly as possible, so that we can get an idea of how many people will be attending (as you know, the idea is to keep it small).

Time & location:
January 12 & 13, 2018
KASK / School of Arts Ghent – Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


The 2018 IPPT in Ghent will focus on the place and nature of physical work in
performer training and theatre education. There are numerous training
programs in Europe that use movement and physicality as a central mode of
communication. Movement has been an important signifier in theatre and
performance practices of the last decades.

However, in their pedagogical approach to movement, (theatre) training
programs seem to be drawing mainly on a specific tradition of physical theatre in
Europe in the last century instead of looking at contemporary performance
practices where boundaries between theatre, dance, circus, performance art,
visual arts, video art, … have increasingly been crossed, blurred and redrawn.
In a traditional view, the body is seen as of vital importance for the actor’s
presence and expressivity on stage. In that idea, courses are offered that are
geared towards the development of the actor’s physical performance. Movement
workshops, dance, choreography, etc. are seen as important additions to acting

Should we not approach movement from a broader perspective that
encompasses the many ways in which a moving body is brought to meaning in a
performative context? Should we not shape new methodologies and curricula
that incorporate a reflective view on movement as signifier in its many
contemporary frames and presentation forms?

We could ask ourselves:
How does movement stand to dance or choreography?
How does movement stand to action?
How does movement stand to image?
How does movement stand to circus?
How does movement stand to (spoken) language?


The call for this 5 th platform meeting is twofold:

-The main call is towards practice-based workshops/presentations. We invite
you to share and talk about a training practice that has a specific focus on
physical work. There will be possibilities for presentations but we strongly
encourage to work from a practical sharing with IPPT members. A group of
students of the School of Arts will be available to work with, also in the days
preceding the IPPT meeting.

-A complementary call is for 10 minute paper presentations, to be presented at a
round table for a group of 10 to 15 people as onset for a 1 hour conversation.

DEADLINE for call submissions: December 8th 2017.

Submissions should be sent to Geert Belpaeme: geert.belpaeme@hogent.be

For questions please contact Geert Belpaeme: geert.belpaeme@hogent.be