23rd Annual Conference
Suspended in Grand Renversé: Embracing the “Big Upset” and Ballet’s Relationship to Liberatory Practices
July 6-9, 2021
The 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually.
2020 has been a catalyst for the examination of our fragile, inflexible, and inhumane patriarchal institutional structures. Global health crises and social unrest are pointedly calling us to confront the exclusionary histories and legacies embedded in our social, cultural, political, and economic systems. Body-related disciplines and the field of education have been critically impacted by these events, and thus challenge us to reckon with the urgent need for equity and care at large. As the field of dance remains in flux, this time extends an opportunity. Ballet practitioners, educators, and scholars are compelled to yield to this sea-change and transgress established systems.
For the 23rd annual conference, CORPS de Ballet International invites members to consider the qualities engendered in the grand renversé, or the “big upset” in ballet performance, pedagogy, and scholarship. While we are suspended in topsy-turvy uncertainty, how is this time allowing us to grapple with, redefine and transform dance education and performance? Broad subject matter will be considered. Conference submissions might relate to the following:
- ballet’s relationship to social justice, activism, joy and liberation in pedagogy and practice;
- dance’s responsibility to address classism, racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, heteronormativity, etc. in the rebuilding and reenvisioning of the field;
- embodiment in the digital realm;
- creative solutions in ballet choreography, rehearsal practices, performance, and venues;
- revisionist histories;
- dance criticism’s task of analyzing a field in flux;
- health and wellness, somatic practices, and dance science;
- and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and structural inequities in relation to advertising, donor support, grant funding, audience development, and student scholarships.
Proposals must demonstrate relevance to CORPS de Ballet International’s mission and objectives and connect to the year’s conference theme: Suspended in Grand Renversé: Embracing the “Big Upset” and ballet’s relationship to liberatory practice. Proposals may be for papers, panels, and workshops in pedagogy, methodology, curriculum development, administration, research, creativity, or performance as well as larger social/cultural/political perspectives as they relate to ballet in education.
Adjudication of proposals for the 23rd Annual Conference will be conducted through a blind review process. Proposals are scored individually by three adjudicators. Scores are averaged and a proposal is accepted based on the overall average score. To allow for equitable opportunities to present research, applicants may only appear on one abstract proposal submission (including panel submissions) per conference.
- The Conference Presentation Proposal Form must be completed per the instructions on the form.
- The Conference Presentation Proposal Form must be emailed to Jessica Zeller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your LAST NAME and CORPS 2021 in the subject line of the email.
- Deadline: January 31, 2021 at 5pm, Pacific Standard Time. No extensions.
- Abstracts must not include identifying information.
- Membership: Proposals may be submitted by non-members or current members of CORPS de Ballet International. If accepted, the presenter must become a member or renew their membership. Only current CORPS members will be allowed to present at the conference. Membership and Conference Registration information is available at: http://www.corps-de-ballet.org/.
Types of Presentations
Individual conference paper proposals must be submitted via the official Conference Presentation Proposal Form, which requires:
- General presenter information
- Presenter’s biography (250-word maximum)
- Paper abstract (250-word maximum)
- Sample bibliography
- Requested technology and space requirements
Note: All paper presentations will be allotted a 30-minute timeframe, which includes at least 5 minutes of Q&A.
Group panel proposals must be submitted via the official Conference Presentation Proposal Form, which requires:
- General presenter information for all panel members
- Biographies for all panel members (250-word maximum each)
- Overall panel description (250-word maximum)
- Sample bibliography
Note: All panel presentations will be allotted a 45-50-minute timeframe, which includes at least 5 minutes for Q&A. (When panel presenters are notified, all panels will receive the same time frame of either 45 or 50 minutes. Thank you for your flexibility.) All panel presenters must be CORPS members at the time of presentation.
Other (Classes, Lecture/Demonstrations, Workshops, etc.)
Proposals must be submitted via the official Conference Presentation Proposal Form, which requires:
- General presenter Information for each presenter
- Biographies for each presenter (250-word maximum each)
- Overall description of session (250-word maximum)
- Sample bibliography
Note: Classes, Lecture/Demonstrations, Workshops, etc. will be allotted a 45-50-minute timeframe, which includes at least 5 minutes for Q&A. (When presenters are notified, all will receive the same time frame of either 45 or 50 minutes. Thank you for your flexibility.)