As part of the International Conference “Theatre About Science”, the University of Coimbra Press published the book “Theatre About Science. Theory and Practice“. Organised by Marionet and with editorial coordination by Mário Montenegro, Fernando Matos Oliveira, M. Teresa Girão da Cruz, Sara Varela Amaral, and Francisca Moreira, it collects papers presented at the 1st edition of the Conference, which took place in Coimbra in 2021.
This scientific and artistic meeting, which focussed on the intersection between the sciences and the performing arts, was attended by dozens of specialists in these areas, from as diverse geographies as the United States of America, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, and Portugal.
Continuing the work begun two years ago, the 2nd edition of the Conference took place recently, between 9 and 11 November, once again with great success. We therefore hope to organise a new publication in 2025, this time compiling the papers presented just a few days ago.
The volume now published and that is available for purchase, reflects the great diversity and different perspectives related to the connections between theatre and the sciences, both regarding the performative practice and the academic thought upon that practice. It also gathers contributions from Literary Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies and Science Communication. It reveals a diverse group of practices, varied stages, different formats, different sized productions and diverse target audiences, that suggest a common quality or characteristic in these intersections that can be activated in varied contexts and with different levels of production. The diversity of voices and experiences present in this volume also carries with it a strong geographical perspective, with reports of practices in different regions of the globe, sketching a wider panorama of theatre and sciences intersections.