This project aims to begin a dialogue among arts practitioners in Asia on the importance of dramaturgy in contemporary performance. More than that, it aims to stress the urgent need for all performance-makers, arts practitioners and cultural managers to develop dramaturgical consciousness in their work that is intimately associated with the artistic and the cultural, with critical thinking as an important element. This is achieved through systematic and organised gatherings where arts and cultural workers can meet in a focused programme to discuss, share, debate and discourse on dramaturgical practices, thinking and even consciousness that may be very specific to Asian socio-cultural and political situations that influence art-making processes and productions.
From 2016 to 2018 the Asian Dramaturgs’ Network (ADN) has had three successful symposiums and one focused laboratory that are predominantly supported by Asia Center which brought together more than 76 arts practitioners, performance-makers, dramaturgs, curators, academics, researchers producers from Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand to discourse in various forms and settings, such as panels, roundtables and working groups and take part in dramaturgy workshops.
- 日本, シンガポール, インドネシア, マレーシア, 韓国, 香港, 中国, インド etc.
- TPAM – 国際舞台芸術ミーティング in 横浜 2018
The range and quantity of ADN’s activities were made possible primarily because of the sustained funding from Asia Center for the past three years. Because of the three-year funding under the Asia Center, we at ADN have developed a sprouting network of individuals and organisations across Asia that now enables us to seek out material, intellectual, financial, logistical and infrastructural resources to help our organisation continue with our activities.
The challenge now is to sustain the momentum of the activities of ADN beyond the three-year funding of Asia Center. Because of the fast momentum of ADN activities in 2016-2018, and the timely need for discourse on dramaturgical practices in Asia, opportunities have arisen for discussion with potential partners in Bangkok (Thailand), Manila (Philippines) and Taiwan. Plans for to hold a symposium in Singapore in May 2019 is currently underway.