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Documentation of Satellite Symposium 2017




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KEYNOTE #1:
DAVID PLEDGER ON "OPERATING SYSTEMS IN CONCENTRIC CIRCLES"
68min / 1 OCT, 1400 - 1510

To open Satellite Symposium 2017, DAVID PLEDGER delivers a keynote presentation on his perspective of dramaturgy as an operating system, not just for the arts, but for society as well, which enables and facilitates discourse and social change.







ROUNDTABLE #1:
THE PUBLIC AND THE ARTS
124min / 1 OCT, 1550 - 1730

The first roundtable discussed the how arts can galvanise public spaces, special interest groups, different publics and communities through various social themes and issues. Singapore artist-researcher SHAWN CHUA discusses the capacity of performance tours for creating "frictions", moments of disruption and opportunities for reflexivity for audiences. RACHEL SWAIN, artistic director of Australian indigenous intercultural dance theatre company Marrugeku, talks about the touring production "Gudirr Gudirr", a work that explores inequality, violence and erasure in native communities, and about presenting the work in indigenous community town Adyaloon. KOK HENG LEUN is the artistic director of Singaporean theatre company Drama Box, and he shares the company's forum theatre productions aimed at encouraging social discourse and social change.

00:04:10 SHAWN CHUA
00:32:29 RACHEL SWAIN
00:47:14 KOK HENG LEUN
01:16:04 Q&A

This session is moderated by LIM HOW NGEAN.










KEYNOTE #2:
CHARLENE RAJENDRAN ON "DIFFERENCE AND AESTHETIC AGENCY
– DRAMATURGING CHOICES FOR CHANGE
56min / 2 OCT, 0930 - 1040

To begin the second day of the symposium, CHARLENE RAJENDRAN presents her keynote on active presence, deep listening and political consciousness in a dramaturg's engagement with a work. To her, a dramaturg deals with the dynamics of difference through questions and responses, provocations and suggestions, advocating for change that shifts a balance of power. Navigating the tensions, uncertainties and precarities that surface becomes part of the creative work that a dramaturg facilitates, making difference a catalyst for aesthetic agency.


ROUNDTABLE #2:
DIFFERENCE & DEFERENCE 
- THE QUESTION OF CULTURE
87min / 2 OCT, 1100 - 1315

The second roundtable explores dealing with socio-cultural differences in art and performances. ANNETTE SHUN WAH shares the challenges of creating art as an Asian Australian, and her work at the Contemporary Asian Australian Performance. ALFIAN SA'AT talks about creating and presenting Singapore plays which explore issues of the Malay Muslim community. EDWIN KEMP ATTRILL talks about investigating social justice topics in the forum theatre productions of his company ActNow Theatre.

This session is moderated by KOK HENG LEUN.

00:04:47 ANNETTE SHUN WAH
00:15:55 ALFIAN SA'AT
00:47:35 EDWIN KEMP ATTRILL
00:58:30 Q&A


IN CONVERSATION:
CHARLENE RAJENDRAN & DAVID PLEDGER
108min / 2 OCT, 1430 - 1600

DAVID PLEDGER and CHARLENE RAJENDRAN discuss and reflect upon what had been raised over the past two days of the symposium. The session then continues as an open discussion of dramaturgy, dramaturgy in Asia, and the purpose and future of the Asian Dramaturg's Network.