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Documentation of Symposium 2016


In Part 1, ADN Director Dr. Lim How Ngean and Resident Dramaturg of Centre 42 (Singapore) Dr. Robin Loon led the speakers in a discussion of the data from 
a survey administered to them weeks before the symposium. The survey questioned the speakers' conceptions of dramaturgical theory and the state of dramaturgical activities in their home countries. 

In Part 2, to further explore the survey findings, Dr. Lim and Dr. Loon had the speakers break into smaller discussion groups. Each group was tasked a set of questions and/or prompts to deliberate over. The observers invited to the session were also allowed to contribute to the group discussions. The findings from the discussions were then shared with the speakers and observers.









TALKING DRAMATURGY & THE DRAMATURG:
LOOKING FOR AN ASIAN CONTEXT?
PART 1 - 44min / PART 2 - 50min / 23 APRIL, 1400 - 1530

In Part 1 of the first public panel of the symposium, speakers Shintaro Fujii and Peter Eckersall discuss the practice of dramaturgy and the dramaturg. 

In Part 2, Nanako Nakajima presents her thoughts on dramaturgical practices in Asia, drawing from her own experiences. The panel then opens up to questions from the floor, deepening the discussion on dramaturgy in an Asian context.







DRAMATURGY IN ACTION I:
PRACTICAL REALITIES
PART 1 - 57min / PART 2 - 76min / 23 APRIL, 1600 - 1815

In the second and last public panel of the first day, the speakers share their past experiences with dramaturging a work. In Part 1, Lim How Ngean, Peter Eckersall and Nanako Nakajima present stories and case studies of their dramaturgical practice. The panellists then answer some questions from the audience.

In Part 2, Li Yinan, Sankar Venkateswaran and Gisella Garcia present their professional experiences as dramaturg or working in a dramaturgical capacity. The panellists then take a second round of questions from the floor.







DRAMATURGY IN ACTION II:
COLLABORATION, THE INTERDISCIPLINARY, AND THE INTERCULTURAL
PART 1 - 55min / PART 2 - 52min / 24 APRIL, 1130 - 1300

This panel was the first event on the second day of symposium. In this panel, the speakers discuss the dramaturgical challenges of less-than-conventional productions. Part 1, Charlene Rajendran, Ken Takiguchi, and Kok Heng Leun share their experiences with the dramaturgy of artistic collaborations across national, cultural and/or disciplinary boundaries.

In Part 2, Alvin Tan shares how dramaturgy is integrated into the theatre-making methodology of The Necessary Stage, citing a transnational collaborative project as an example. The panel then takes questions from the floor.







DRAMATURGY IN ACTION III:
THE PERFORMANCE-MAKER & THE DRAMATURG
PART 1 - 48min / PART 2 - 37min / 24 APRIL, 1400 - 1545

How does a dramaturg actually work with a performance-maker? This panel comprises a mix of dramaturgs and performance-makers who share the working relationships created through the dramaturgy of their past projects, the processes of problem-solving and decision-making on these past projects, and the negotiation of a professional and artistic relationship. In Part 1, Yair Vardi and Max-Philip Aschenbrenner present their thoughts.

In Part 2, Eko Supriyanto and creative duo Alyson Campbell and Lachlan Philpott share their experiences working on the dramaturgy of their past productions.







EDUCATION, PEDAGOGY, DRAMATURGY
PART 1 - 55min / PART 2 - 55min / 24 APRIL, 1600 - 1800

For the final panel of the symposium, the speakers focused on how dramaturgy is taught in schools and institutions. The panel comprises educators from Japan, China, Australia and Singapore who have had experience in setting up course programmes and curricula for formalised dramaturgical education. In Part 1, Charlene Rajendran (National Institute of Education, Singapore), Shintaro Fujii (Waseda University, Japan), and Alyson Campbell (Victorian College of the Arts, Australia) share their experiences with setting up dramaturgy courses at their respective institutions.

In Part 2, Li Yinan talks about establishing the dramaturgy course at the Central Academy of Drama, China. The panel then takes questions from the floor.



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CLOSING REMARKS
19 min / 24 APRIL, 1800

Peter Eckersall and Robin Loon deliver their concluding notes on the inaugural symposium, summarising the takeaways from two days of discussions and panels.



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