SDHS Special Topics Conference
Sacre Celebration: Revisiting, Reflecting, Revisioning

April 18–20, 2013, York University, Toronto, Canada

Call for papers

May 2013 will mark the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Le Sacre du printemps, created collaboratively by Vaslav Nijinsky, Igor Stravinsky, and Nicholas Roerich. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) is regarded by many artists and scholars as a seminal work in the histories of dance, music, and theatre. As part of a centennial celebration of this important interdisciplinary work, the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University is hosting a conference that will include scholarly papers, panels, and workshops as well as a performance featuring a revisioning of Le Sacre du printemps and musical works from the early twentieth century.

In keeping with the interdisciplinarity of Le Sacre du printemps, the conference program committee invites proposals for papers, panels, and workshop sessions by scholars and artists across all disciplines of the fine and performing arts. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the interplay of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and creativity
  • historical and critical explorations of Le Sacre du printemps and other artistic works produced between 1900 and 1920
  • the role and artistic influence of Dalcroze and his work on productions created in the early 20th century and beyond
  • the impact/influence of Le Sacre du printemps on artistic works and creators in the early 20th century and beyond

Proposals are to be in the form of an abstract, maximum 250 words, not including the attached preliminary bibliography. Individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes; panels and workshops can be proposed for 60 or 90 minutes. All proposals should include:

  • full title of proposed paper/presentation
  • the presenter’s full name, contact details and institutional affiliation (when applicable)
  • brief bio, maximum 75 words
  • a list of space (studio, classroom) and audiovisual/equipment requirements (data projector, CD/DVD player, piano, etc.)

All submissions must be received by November 15, 2012 and sent as email attachments to: Acceptances will be communicated in early January, 2013.

General Conference Information

Location: The conference activities and performances will all take place on the York University Keele campus, located in the north-west quadrant of Toronto. Blocks of hotel rooms will be available on or near the campus, as well as downtown (with access to the campus via subway and express bus).

Guest Presenters: Lynn Garafola (keynote address); Gregory Ristow (Dalcroze workshop sessions); Kevin “DJ Renegade” Gopie (co-choreographer of the BalletBoyz version of The Rite of Spring).

Prior to the release of the conference website, additional information is available through Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, 416-736-2100 ext 22217, or email

Conference Program Committee

  • Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt (Dance Department, York University)
  • Dorothy De Val (Music Department, York University)
  • Marlis Schweitzer (Theatre Department, York University)
  • Kate Cornell (Director—Canadian Society for Dance Studies)
  • Constance Valis Hill (Hampshire College)
  • Selma Odom — Advisor (Dance Department, York University)
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