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UVa Center for International Studies Global Activities Grant Request Form

Please provide the following information when requesting funds from the CIS for global activities that are relevant to UVa's global mission:

1. Your name, title, department or unit, and contact information:

Stéphanie Bérard
Department of French Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences

2. The type of grant you are applying for:

University research initiatives or research groups.

3. A detailed description of this project/activity including the purpose, participants, location, dates and other relevant information:

"Contemporary Caribbean Drama: Creating a Dialogue between Academia and the Stage"

This interdisciplinary and international project between the Department of French Language and Literature and the Drama Department aims at bringing together scholars and theater practitioners to participate into an international colloquium on contemporary Caribbean theater. This two-day symposium intends to facilitate the dialogue between France, the Caribbean and the United States as well as between the academic and the artistic stages, two worlds, which rarely meet and interact. We think it is important to link theory and practice, and explore the relationship between the text and the stage since theater is by nature a dual genre, belonging to both literature and the performing arts. We therefore plan on inviting French, Caribbean and American scholars to talk about the history of Caribbean theater, to make comparisons with African theater and possibly with African American drama, and to analyze the relevance of this theater of current social, political and racial issues such as exile and immigration, integration or exclusion, social and domestic violence, political turmoil. This academic perspective will be complemented by a round table with Caribbean playwrights, directors, and actors from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti who will offer cross perspectives on theater practice inside and outside of the Caribbean, examine the influence insularity has on artistic creativity and production, and relate their personal experience of writing and producing theater in a cultural capital such as Paris or in a devastated country such as Haiti. They will also consider the recent openings of Caribbean trajectories towards the Americas, and especially the United States and Canada. Paris and France are no longer the center for these theater practitioners who circulate from one world to another drawing their inspiration on multiple cultures.

The second part of the symposium will be devoted to staged readings as well as playwriting and acting workshops offered to students in the Masters of Fine Arts program in the Drama Department and in the MA and Ph.D. programs in the French Department. This original initiative will allow students to develop performance skills through public staged readings given in both French and/or Creole original versions and in English translation, in the presence of the authors, with post-performance discussions facilitating audience questions for the authors. Workshops on playwriting will be given (in both English and French) by the Guadeloupean playwright Gerty Dambury to undergdraduate and graduate students. The Guadeloupean actor Gilbert Laumord will give a workshop on theater and oral tradition to MFA students in Acting. And, the budget allowing, the symposium will close with a Caribbean performance on storytelling (in Creole and English).

This international and interdisciplinary symposium will nurture and foster the collaboration between Caribbean artists and UVa faculty started in 2009 when the theatre company Siyaj visited Charlottesville to perform Maryse Condé's play Like two Brothers. It will also promote future collaboration between American, Caribbean and French faculty and artists as well as expand the University of Virginia's visibility on the international, academic, and cultural stage.

Organizational format: 2-day symposium
• 1st day (Monday April 1st, 2013)
Morning (9:00 am-12:00 pm): Academic Perspectives on Caribbean Theater
Theoretical approaches: analysis of aesthetics of contemporary Caribbean theatrical writings (in English or in French with translation)
- Stéphanie Bérard: opening remarks and overview of Caribbean Theater
- Sylvie Chalaye, Université Paris 3, Laboratoire SeFeA (Scènes Francophones et Ecritures de l'Altérité/ Francophone Stages and Writings of Otherness): African & Caribbean theaters: links, echoes, differences
- Virginie Soubrier, Paris, Laboratoire SeFeA: Contemporary Haitian Theater
- Emily Sahakian, University of Georgia: Staging Caribbean Theater in the US
- Tanya Déry-Obin, University of Virginia: Caribbean Women Writers

Afternoon (2:30 pm-4:30 pm): round table with theater practitioners
- Gerty Dambury, Guadeloupe/Paris: writing and staging theater in Paris
- Gilbert Laumord, Guadeloupe: theater and storytellers
- Alfred Alexandre, Martinique: Caribbean exchanges and the Americas
- Guy Régis Junior, Haiti: creating inside and outside of Haiti
- Gaël Octavia, Guadeloupe/Paris: emerging Black women theater

• 2nd Day (Tuesday April 2nd, 2013)
Morning (10:00 am-12:00pm): staged readings of Caribbean plays (excerpts) in French and in English translation by students from the Drama and the French departments, followed by a discussion with the authors and the audience
Plays: Trames by Gerty Dambury (Guadeloupe/Paris)
La nuit caribéenne by Alfred Alexandre (Martinique)
Le grand effarement by Guy Régis Junior (Haïti)
Le Voyage by Gaël Octavia (Martinique/Paris)

Public reading by Guy Régis Junior (Haiti)

Afternoon (2:00pm-4:00pm): Playwriting workshops with Gerty Dambury and students in French, and acting workshops Gilbert Laumord and MFA students in Drama

Evening (closing event), 7pm: Reception with live performance: Chante moi un conte, conte moi une chanson (Sing me a story, tell me a song) by Gilbert Laumord and Jocelyn Ménard
(if funding allows)

4. A brief statement on how the project contributes to UVa Center for International Studies' mission, and/or how it has the potential to deepen global learning:
See above.

5. An itemized overall budget and amount requested from CIS:


6. Sources of co-funding (pending and/or received):