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Documentation of Meeting 2017


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WORKING GROUP (CLOSED-DOOR)
106min / 16 FEB, 1030 - 1330

To open ADN Meeting 2017, the invitees gathered to discuss topics related to dramaturgy, specifically collaboration as a form of dramaturgy, as well as other topics raised at the symposium the year before. The working group first began with a general discussion, and then broke out into smaller groups to carry on more focused discussions. The break-out groups met again at the end of the session to share their findings.

00:02:00 - Discussion on dramaturgy as collaboration
01:04:08 - Sharing of findings from break-out group discussions










DRAMATURGIES OF FEMALE PERFORMANCE
88min / 16 FEB, 1400 - 1530

The first panel of ADN Meeting 2017 featured female artists presenting works which involve, cite or evoke female/woman/feminist politics. 

(00:04:20) Singapore theatre practitioner NATALIE HENNEDIGE discussed "Ophelia", her reimagining of Shakespeare's "Hamlet". 

(00:23:05) Contemporary dance artist EISA JOCSON from the Philippines shared her choreographic works — "Death of a Pole Dancer", "Macho Dancer", "Host" and "Happyland" — which explore and challenge female/gender representation in various contexts. 

(00:45:43) Through her past works, "My Other History" and "Absence", Sri Lankan theatre practitioner RUHANIE PERERA explored the female body as a site of contestation and resistance in post-war Sri Lanka. 

(01:05:08) SHINTA FEBRIANY from Sulawesi, Indonesia, shared the production "my name is adam without capital letter", a response and challenge to the patriarchy in the Indonesian performing arts scene.

The session was moderated by LIM HOW NGEAN.











KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ONG KENG SEN
72min / 16 FEB, 1600 - 1700

ONG KENG SEN has been the Festival Director of the annual Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA) since the festival's inception in 2014. In his keynote speech, he discusses the dramaturgy behind programming an arts festival in a Singaporean context.

This session by chaired by CHARLENE RAJENDRAN.

Q&A begins at 49:18.

DRAMATURGY IN ASIA: OF ROOTS & TRADITIONS
115min / 17 FEB, 1030 - 1200

In the first session of the second day, ANURADHA KAPUR, CHARLENE RAJENDRAN, MARION D'CRUZ, and KENTARO MATSUI discuss and dissect the term "Asian Dramaturgy" in this roundtable. Each speaker shares their take on dramaturgy in Asia, speaking from the histories of their respective home countries as well as personal memories.

00:12:26 - 
ANURADHA KAPUR
00:25:58 - 
CHARLENE RAJENDRAN
00:39:18 - 
MARION D'CRUZ
00:49:08 - 
KENTARO MATSUI (with translation by Tomoko Momiyama)
01:01:30 - Roundtable discussion
01:33:30 - Q&A

This session was chaired by PETER ECKERSALL.
DANCE DRAMATURGIES: BODY, MOVEMENT & MEMORY
105min / 17 FEB, 1400 - 1600

The four panellists, DAISUKE MUTO, HELLY MINARTI, NANAKO NAKAJIMA, and IINA NAOTO, draw from past work and research to discuss the strategies and processes that allow for alternative ways of approaching and understanding bodily knowledge.

00:01:40 DAISUKE MUTO
00:13:49 HELLY MINARTI
00:35:25 NANAKO NAKAJIMA
00:56:46 IINA NAOTO (Japanese with consecutive English translation)
01:19:46 Q&A

This panel was moderated by LIM HOW NGEAN.
THE INTERCULTURAL & THE INTERDISCIPLINARY
120min / 17 FEB, 1630 - 1830


In this panel, the four speakers, CHARLENE RAJENDRAN, DAVID PLEDGER, KEN TAKIGUCHI, and NESS ROQUEdrew from their experiences in discussing issues that dealt either with the interventions of the intercultural or the interdisciplinary in their work and artistic practice.

00:02:50 
NESS ROQUE
00:23:20 
DAVID PLEDGER
00:51:08 
CHARLENE RAJENDRAN
01:12:55 
KEN TAKIGUCHI
01:40:16 Q&A

This panel was moderated by SANKAR VENKATESWARAN.



SOUTHEAST ASIAN DRAMATURGIES:
ARCO RENZ & CONTEMPORARY DANCE IN
CAMBODIA, INDONESIA & VIETNAM
60min / 18 FEB, 1030 - 1130


Choreographer ARCO RENZ will presented his experience working in the region of Southeast Asia, both as choreographer and dramaturg. 

This lecture was chaired by LIM HOW NGEAN.

The artist has requested that the video not be made publicly available. Those interested in viewing the lecture may write in to info@asiandramaturgs.com.


GENDERED/QUEER DRAMATURGIES
90min / 18 FEB, 1230 - 1400


This panel presented and challenged the notions of gendered and queer dramaturgies. GEE IMAAN SEMMALAR cited the dramaturgy of his play Colour of Trans which addressed and resisted the othering of trans people in society, and aimed to enlighten and transform audiences. ALFIAN SA'AT discussed his play Asian Boys Vol. 1 in a Singaporean context, about how its conception and dramaturgy were shaped by the country's laws, history, culture and perceptions of LGBT. TAKAO KAWAGUCHI shared Touch of the Other, a work based on reenactments of male-on-male sex in public restrooms, which challenged heteronormativity in both mainstream Japanese society and an assimilating queer community.

00:00:22 GEE IMAAN SEMMALAR
00:20:18 ALFIAN SA'AT
00:43:08 TAKAO KAWAGUCHI
01:03:55 Q&A

This lecture was chaired by LIM HOW NGEAN.

JAPAN IN DRAMATURGY
96min / 18 FEB, 1430 - 1600

This panel explored the theory and practice of dramaturgy in contemporary performance in Japan. KEN HAGIWARA and KAKU NAGASHIMA shared their experiences working with projects in a dramaturgical capacity, even before the term and role 'dramaturg' was widely used in Japan. PETER ECKERSALL presented a socio-historical development of dramaturgy in Japan.

Presented in Japanese with English translation.

00:02:20 KEN HAGIWARA
00:23:51 KAKU NAGASHIMA
00:49:09 PETER ECKERSALL
01:13:27 Q&A

This lecture was chaired by KEN TAKIGUCHI.