Restoring Balance: Ecology, Sustainability, Performance, VUW, 25-28 June 2014

New Zealand is a country that prides itself on its ‘clean green’ image. In recent years this eco-friendly image has been shaken by revelations that New Zealand’s environment is increasingly becoming degraded by agricultural practices. In 2011 Prime Minister John Key was grilled on the BBC programme Hardtalk about the hypocrisy of marketing New Zealand produce as ‘100% pure’ when it has some of the worst polluted rivers in the world.  In the face of global environmental crisis, governments, scientists and community leaders have been forced to consider restoring an ecological balance. In New Zealand, environmental debates have also been informed by traditional Māori conservation concepts, including Kaitiakitanga (guardianship of land and people), Whanaungatanga (relationships with other people and all elements within the physical and natural world) and Utu (restoring the balance).

ADSA members are invited to respond to the theme ‘Restoring Balance’ in relation to theatre, drama and performance~ interpretations of theme might include:

  • Theatre and performance that seeks to ‘restore balance’ socially, culturally, historically, environmentally
  • Place of theatre in the ecology of community
  • Theatre responding to ecological/ environmental crisis
  • New performance ecologies
  • Sustainability in theatre communities, sustaining a career in theatre, sustaining companies
  • Sustainable production methodologies and working environments
  • Indigenous performative responses to ecological issues
  • Animal and humanimal performance
  • Historical engagement with performance and environments and ecologies

Confirmed Keynotes: Ric Knowles, Violeta Luna, Baz Kershaw (virtual attendance)

A full call for papers and other proposals is available:  Call for participants ADSA 2014 – Extension (pdf, 759 kb).

ADSA members are invited to propose papers, workshop presentations and performance presentations (by 31st March 2014) for the ADSA Conference 2014.  Proposals should be sent to

Presenters, performers and other participants can now register for ADSA Conference 2014 by visiting the VUW website.

Registration rates will be –

Early Bird Registration Rates (Before 1st May 2014)

  • Full – $NZ425
  • Concession – $NZ350

Full Registration Rates (After 1st May 2014)

  • Full – $NZ475
  • Concession – $NZ400

Registration includes all presentations, panels and performances, conference program book, conference dinner, conference daily lunches, along with PG/ECR day – and, this year, additional Geoffrey Milne Bursaries will be available to assist postgraduate students with the cost of attending in Wellington, NZ, so we would encourage all students to propose a paper and apply for a bursary if they would like to be considered for registration fee support.

Presenters, performers and other participants can also now  view preliminary draft of ADSA Programme 2014, and preliminary draft of ADSA PostGrad Day 2014, as of Tuesday 10th June 2014.

2014 ADSA Conference Program – final, pdf, 1.9 mb