ADN Symposium 2016: Mapping Out, In & About

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23 - 24 April 2016 | 9:30am - 7:30pm

"Mapping Out, In & About" is the inaugural symposium of the newly-established Asian Dramaturgs' Network (ADN), held in Singapore on April 23 and 24. The symposium will feature the gathering of more than 15 Asian-based dramaturgs from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Australia.

The symposium's theme, "Mapping Out, In & About", refers to discussions that will shed light on – as well as challenge – dramaturgical thinking and practices in Asia. In a series of public talks, the ADN speakers will present different perspectives on dramaturgy, dramaturging and the dramaturg within performance-making.  

Some issues that will be explored during the symposium are:

  • Conceptualising dramaturgy in the region
  • Practical realities of dramaturgy - working through case studies
  • Work processes between performance-makers and dramaturgs in practice
  • Education and pedagogy in dramaturgy

The aim of these public talks is to raise the awareness and the profile of the field of dramaturgy in contemporary performance-making in Singapore. 

Director's Message

The Asian Dramaturgs' Network (ADN) was borne out of a need and curiosity – a need to connect with other dramaturgs in the region, a curiosity to search for like-minded individuals in dramaturgy. It also fulfils the need for dialogue and debate on dramaturgy, dramaturging and, for me most importantly, to engage with dramaturgs. 

There is gaining urgency to extend the curiosity of the dramaturg – “What are you?”, “What do you really do?”, “How do you do it?” – to fellow dramaturgs in the region. This latter point was beautifully reminded by a dear comrade in dramaturgy and friend that ADN should be about “a network for dramaturgs first”. In other words, who are the people behind this concept and more importantly in effecting the active verb of dramaturging?

ADN is about connecting individuals in dramaturgy because it is the people who are doing, refining, adjusting and shaping dramaturgy. We at ADN are interested to connect and dialogue with such individuals. They give shape to dramaturgical thinking. They materialise dramaturgy through embodied practices in all the myriad approaches and methods.

The inaugural symposium will see a meeting of dramaturgs from all over Asia. They are neither representative of every single country in the region, nor do they exhaustively reflect the different disciplines in dramaturgy. However, it is a start. And it is with this start that we hope to gather even more intelligence and information about Asian dramaturgs and dramaturgy out there. 

We also want to engage in and exchange particular issues and themes surrounding the dramaturg and dramaturgy through our sessions of forums, panels and roundtables. And hopefully, the blossoming of new, meaningful rapport and friendships; performance-making is a social activity, after all.

The vitals: 23rd and 24th April 2016, Singapore. We hope to see you there.

– Lim How Ngean (Founding Director)


23 April 2016

Centre 42 Limited
42 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187951
Tel: +65 6884 9698

Nearest MRT: Bras Basah
Nearest Buses: 131, 131A, 147, 147A, 166
[Bus Stop No. 04189, Bras Basah Road]
Nearest Parking: Manulife Centre [charges]

24 April 2016

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Tel: +65 6828 8377

Nearest MRT: Esplanade
Nearest Buses: 36, 56, 70M, 75, 77, 97, 97e, 106, 111, 133, 162M, 171, 195, 531, 700A, 857, 960, 961, 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, NR1, NR2, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8
[Bus Stop No. 02061, The Esplanade]
Nearest Parking: Esplanade Basement Car Park [charges]


23 April 2016
Opening Remarks
0930 - 1000

This event is a closed-door session for invited guests only.

Speakers: Lim How Ngean, Centre 42, Esplanade

23 April 2016
Mapping the Terrain
1000 - 1230

In this opening session, the speakers present a short report of dramaturgical activities they researched on in their home countries. They also speak briefly on their dramaturgical practice and some of the issues and themes of interest to them. A short written report will be distributed to the session participants and all interested parties.

Includes a 20-minute intermission.

This event is a closed-door session for invited guests only.

Speakers: Helly Minarti, Nanako Nakajima, Shintaro Fujii, Sankar Venkateswaran, Giselle Garcia, Ruhanie Perera, Li Yinan, Peter Eckersall, Alyson Campbell, Robin Loon, Lim How Ngean

23 April 2016
Talking Dramaturgy & The Dramaturg: Looking For An Asian Context?
1400 - 1530

What is this practice of dramaturgy and who is this dramaturg? Why have this concept, function and personnel become increasingly talked about in relation to performance-making? This panel also addresses existing discourses and theories on dramaturgy, and if there are existing frameworks in Asian context(s). Speakers in this panel are selected for their extensive practical as well as academic experience on the subject of dramaturgy in the region. 

23 April 2016
Dramaturgy In Action I: Practical Realities
1600 - 1815

This panel engages with the practical realities of dramaturgy in the field. Each speaker presents a specific case study of their dramaturgical work. The panel consists of a mixture of theatre and dance dramaturgs working in their respective home countries and abroad.

Includes a 15-minute intermission.

24 April 2016
Dramaturgy In Action II: Collaboration, The Interdisciplinary, And The Intercultural
1130 - 1300

This panel focuses on novel approaches to dramaturgy in 'unconventional' performances such as community arts projects and transnational and intercultural collaboration, where the dramaturg is challenged in terms of changing geographical terrains of performance; differences in language and culture; differences in modes of performances; and different modes of the performative, i.e., exhibitions, storytelling, audience participation etc. 

24 April 2016
Dramaturgy In Action III: The Performance-Maker & The Dramaturg
1400 - 1545

How does a performance-maker work with a dramaturg? How does a performance-maker benefit from working with a dramaturg? What kind(s) of relationship develop between the two? This panel hopes to shed light on working with dramaturgs from the performance-makers' perspectives. Case studies may be highlighted to illustrate the working relationship between performance-maker and dramaturg, the processes of problem-solving and decision-making, and the negotiation of a professional and artistic relationship.

24 April 2016
Education, Pedagogy, Dramaturgy
1605 - 1815

This panel focuses on how dramaturgy is currently taught in schools and institutions. The speakers present their experiences in setting up course programmes and curricula geared towards a formalised dramaturgical education.

As the final public event of the symposium, the panel will be immediately followed by closing remarks, delivered by ADN Founding Director Lim How Ngean, and Peter Eckersall. 

24 April 2016
Closing Remarks
1830 - 1930

This event is a closed-door session for invited guests only.

Speakers: Lim How Ngean, Peter Eckersall 

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Asian Dramaturgs' Network
Presenting Organisation
Centre 42
Co-Presenting Organisation
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Co-Presenting Organisation
Japan Foundation Asia Center
Supporting Organisation
National Arts Council
Supporting Organisation
Big Hotel
Hotel Partner