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Documentation of Conference 2019


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For a summary of pertinent topics that were raised and discussed at ADN Conference 2019, please see the Centre 42 article Key Takeaways from ADN Conference 2019










[PANEL]
DRAMATURGS IN ASIA: STRUGGLES AND STRATEGIES
125min / 25 MAY, 1000 - 1200

This panel engages with how performing arts practitioners in Asia understand and approach the role of a dramaturg within a project, performance-oriented or otherwise. The panel examines how the dramaturg in Asia negotiates the very human process of creating art, including working with multiple collaborators, and dealing with tensions and conflicts. JANICE POON discusses the challenges of designing a dramaturgy course for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  MARK PRITCHARD shares his vision of ensuring that the stage serves underrepresented communities in Australia. GEE IMAAN SEMMALAR posits that one cannot discuss dramaturgy and the human condition without considering the Social, illustrating with his experiences on projects as a trans artist and activist.

00:02:05 JANICE POON
00:31:42 MARK PRITCHARD
01:04:55 GEE IMAAN SEMMALAR

This panel is moderated by ROBIN LOON.













[KEYNOTE]
THE ROLE OF DRAMATURGS IN ASIA
50min / 25 MAY, 1400 - 1500

JANET PILLAI's keynote presentation examines the notion of dramaturgy in Asia and its expanding role in context of the 21st century. It explores how the shaping a production or performance is not necessarily limited to writers and directors but may involve traditional and contemporary cultural leaders or mediators.

This session is chaired by LIM HOW NGEAN.












[ROUNDTABLE]
CRITICAL RESPONSES TO KEYNOTE
90min / 25 MAY, 1530 - 1700

FELIPE CERVERA, KEN TAKIGUCHI and NESS ROQUE present their critical responses to JANET PILLAI's keynote presentation.

This session is moderated by LIM HOW NGEAN.












[KEYNOTE]
THEATRE AS ASSEMBLY:
RADICAL DRAMATURGY IN 'THEATRE COMMONS'
70min / 26 MAY, 0900 - 1000

In his keynote presentation, TADASHI UCHINO explores the alternative form of ‘theatre as assembly’ in Japan, with specific reference to a small scale yet politically refreshing transnational performing arts festival called Theatre Commons, where workshops and lecture-demonstrations are the main features.

This session is chaired by CHARLENE RAJENDRAN.












[PANEL]
DRAMATURGY & TECHNOLOGY
130min / 26 MAY, 1030 - 1230

This panel features arts practitioners who have honed their art-making practices alongside the development of technology. SU WENCHI shares her journey of exploring technology in her artistic practice, from her body of work, to her residency at CERN. JOMPET KUSWIDANATO showcases a video comprising snippets of his past works which integrated video, sound and performance, and illustrating his views on art, technology and humanity. MARTYN COUTTS presents a series of provocations which interrogated the relationships between theatre and technology, and between humanity and technology.

00:08:47 SU WENCHI
00:35:15 JOMPET KUSWIDANATO
01:01:16 MARTYN COUTTS
01:27:11 Q&A

This session was moderated by MIGUEL ESCOBAR VARELA.













[ROUNDTABLE]
HUMAN FUTURE AND HISTORIES
120min / 26 MAY, 1430 - 1630

This panel focuses on the relationship between past, present and future in performance-making, critically engaging with what it means to take on the responsibility and burden of historical reflection in order to (re)imagine the future. Panelists also address questions about how the performance of history can interrogate the role of humans in the present, and advance a critical consciousness towards more inclusive and just futures. JO KUKATHAS presents her body of work, which includes a host of satirical characters which she had created and played over her career.  LOO ZIHAN shares his guiding thesis for his work on history and archives: "How do we recalibrate our relationship to theatre beyond the Here, the Now, and the Event?" JEAN TAY discusses her plays which draw from personal histories, recorded history, and the history of forgotten figures, communities and locations.

00:05:07 JO KUKATHAS
00:24:58 LOO ZHI HAN
00:41:05 JEAN TAY
00:59:25 Q&A

This session was moderated by CORRIE TAN.