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ADN Re/View

ADN Re/View is a series of three E-zines which offer snapshots of the work of ADN, drawing from the transcripts of the presentations and dialogues that occurred at varied ADN events since 2016. Each volume of the E-zine features a selection of transcripts, which the editorial team worked with to extract, annotate and condense ideas.

Together, the E-zines are an assemblage of ideas about the kinds of thinking and talking that ADN has made happen, and communicates a sense of what dramaturgs in Asia have been doing and thinking. They are intended to continue discussions begun at past ADN events, and represent an early step towards making sense of and theorising Asian-based dramaturgies.

ADN Re/View is published by Centre 42, with support from the National Arts Council Singapore.

VOL. 1 (June 2021) NEW
    Click to download (4.6MB) - Updated 3 Jul 2021

Taking our cue from the very first ADN session titled Mapping the Terrain, which began with a discussion of how different Asian languages referred to ‘dramaturg’ , ADN Re/View (Vol.1) charts some of the key ideas that emerged and circulated about dramaturgy and dramaturging in Asia. 

    • Mapping the Terrain 
    • Expanding Dramaturgy 
    • The Liminal Role of a Dramaturg: Critical Questions for the Practice of Dramaturgy in Asia
    • Dramaturgs in Asia: Roles and Relationships 
    • Navigating Liminality and Dramaturging the ‘Inter’
    • Ongoing Mapping

Join us on 28 July 2021, 8PM SGT, for an online discussion of ADN Re/View (Vol. 1)!
Featuring practitioner-dramaturgs Peter Eckersall, Ness Roque and Nanako Nakajima, and led by Corrie Tan as provocateur-moderator, the online discussion will unpack key themes of tracing Asian dramaturgy, mapping the terrain and dramaturging the ‘inter’. < CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >

PETER ECKERSALL teaches at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Publications include Curating Dramaturgies (ed. with Bertie Ferdman, 2021), Machine Made Silence (ed. with Kristof van Baarle, 2020), The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics (ed. with Helena Grehan, 2019), New Media Dramaturgy (author with Helena Grehan and Ed Scheer, 2017), and Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan (2013). He was co-founder/dramaturg of Not Yet It’s Difficult. Recent dramaturgy includes Everything Starts from a Dot (Sachiyo Takahashi, LaMama), and Phantom Sun/Northern Drift (Alexis Destoop, Beursschouwburg, Riga Biennial).

NESS ROQUE is a theatre and film actor, performance dramaturg and educator. She was a core member of Manila-based contemporary performance company Sipat Lawin Ensemble (2009–2018). She is part of Prodjx Artist Community, an interdisciplinary collective integrating participatory art and research practices, community engagement, and education. Ness is a MEXT scholarship recipient and is currently a graduate student at the Tokyo University of the Arts - Graduate School of Global Arts (Department of Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices). She received an Honorable Mention-Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Dramaturgy 2018 from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) for an essay on Sipat Lawin’s Gobyerno.

NANAKO NAKAJIMA is a scholar and dance dramaturg, and a Valeska Gert Visiting Professor 2019/20, at Freie Universitaet Berlin. Her dramaturgy work includes Mengfan Wang’s piece with aging dancers (2019) and Dance Archive Box Berlin (2020). Nanako received the 2017 Special Commendation of Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from the LMDA.

CORRIE TAN 陳霖靈 (she/her) is a President’s Graduate Fellow in Theatre Studies on the joint Ph.D. programme between King’s College London and the National University of Singapore. Both a practitioner and researcher, her work knits together care ethics, collaborative performance practices and new articulations of performance criticism in archipelagic Southeast Asia – taking up the commitment of a critic as collaborator, archivist, facilitator and shapeshifter, with an emphasis on care, intimacy and generosity. She is contributing editor and resident critic with the Southeast Asian arts platform ArtsEquator, and has also written regularly about theatre and performance for The Guardian, The Stage, Exeunt Magazine and The Straits Times. Corrie has also cultivated long-term critical writing and dramaturgical relationships with arts practitioners and groups in Singapore and the region.

Updated 2 Jul 2021: 
  • (p.84 & 85) Amended quote-out and text to clarify and correct erroneous information about the speaker (Sankar Venkateswaran).
  • (p. 113) Updated Sankar Venkateswaran's bio.
Updated 3 Jul 2021: 
  • (p.83, front & back cover) Corrected spelling of "dramaturhiya".

VOL. 2 (August 2021)

– Coming soon 

VOL. 3 (October 2021)

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Editorial Team
Charlene Rajendran (Lead)
Daniel Teo
Chong Gua Khee
Dominic Nah

Design & Layout
Huang Suhuai