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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. 3 (December 2021)NEW

ADN Review Vol. 3
    Click to download (4.5MB) - Updated 23 Dec 2021

ADN Re/View (Vol. 3) plays with the notion of framing in dramaturgical thinking and the work of a dramaturg. A recurring challenge for a dramaturg, as with an artist, is to work out what really needs to be done and how best to do this. Varied options may emerge as to the kinds of frames and framing mechanisms that would best serve the work, and shaping the frames is an aspect of artistry that may not always be noticed.

    • Operating Systems in Concentric Circles
    • Framing, Framer, Framed: Re/viewing the Relationship Between Art(ist)s and Technology
    • The Dramaturg’s Guide to the Galaxy
    • The Reflective Producer: Intuitive Dramaturgies in Artistic Leadership
    • ADN Report: Thinking, Reflecting, Reviewing, Framing
    • Ongoing Mapping

An accompanying discussion of ADN Re/View (Vol. 3) took place on 11 January 2022, 6PM SGT.
Rounding up the ADN Re/View series of e-publications, dramaturgs Janet Pillai and David Pledger are invited to respond to the questions and themes arising from Vol. 3, Framing, as well as previous volumes - Vol. 1, Mapping and Vol. 2, Tracing. Facilitated by Charlene Rajendran, the conversation look at their thoughts on dramaturgy and dramaturgs in the current climate. 

View the recording here.

VOL. 2 (August 2021)
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ADN Re/View (Vol. 2) considers how ‘tracing’ offers a frame to work with when making sense of how dramaturgy affects our lives – in performance-making and in the everyday. In tracing the ways dramaturgs think about their work and articulate key approaches in their practice, we observe lines of connection and disruption, moments of synergy and separation.

    • Your Roots Are Showing: Asian Dramaturgies and (Hi)stories
    • Tracing a Story/Line
    • The Role of Dramaturgs in Asia
    • Attending to the 'Offensive': Dramaturgical Work in Theatre and in Life
    • On Dramaturgy and Body Politics
    • Ongoing Mapping

Updated 4 Oct 2021: 
    • (p.124) Amended typo: "this identification" corrected to "disidentification".

An accompanying discussion of ADN Re/View (Vol. 2) took place on 4 October 2021, 8PM SGT.
Practitioner-dramaturgs Gee Imaan Semmalar, Janice Poon, Helly Minarti and Kok Heng Leun engage in discussion as they respond to and unpack key points brought up in Vol. 2

View the recording here.

VOL. 1 (June 2021)
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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

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".
Updated 4 Sep 2021: 
    • Minor layout changes.

An accompanying discussion of ADN Re/View (Vol. 1) took place on 28 July 2021, 8PM SGT.
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’.

View the recording here.

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

Design & Layout
Huang Suhuai