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The sixth Annual Conference of the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta considers hybridity in relation to performance, in particular the making, reception, and study of performance as practices that emerge from heterogeneous sources. In its most fundamental sense, hybridity refers to mixture and fusion, of species, races, plants, or cultures. The contemporary application of the term can be traced across various disciplines, from biology and chemistry, to linguistics, politics, racial theory, and popular culture. Developed from its roots as a biological term, hybridity is often invoked in discourses about identity, multiculturalism, and globalisation.
Hybrid Practices explores hybridity in an expanded sense that marks the coming together of performer and environment, materials and practitioners (including directors, designers, technicians, and administrators), performance and reception, event and analysis. Hybridity, therefore, as it denotes encounter, fusion, or grafting that informs and forms performance: as compositional and production strategy, as ensemble and assembly, as inter- and intradisciplinary endeavour, as inter- and intracultural phenomenon, as that which happens in-between. Often hybridity is enabled or occurs through technological interventions and inventions. The conference includes presentations, conceptualisations, and case studies that investigate the ways in which performance and its study is bound up with questions of environment, encounter, and evolution, which all speak to hybridity. It seeks to cut across and conjoin various aspects of performance, including the methodologies and processes that go into its production as well as the historical (analytical and archival) accounts of performance.