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Towards Arab Dramaturgies (Day 1)

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September 27
Room 9206
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Hunter Canning  World Premier of The Strangest. by Betty Shamieh, 2017, 4th Street Theater 

Thursday, September 27th   
2:00pm–9:00pm Conference Room #9206, 9th floor

Friday, September 28th   
9:00am–6:00pm Skylight Room #9100, 9th floor

Free + Open to the public
First come, first served
Please RSVP here: mestc@gc.cuny.edu

We would like to invite you to participate and attend the upcoming  Towards Arab Dramaturgies symposium in New York City at the Graduate Center, CUNY, New York.

The 2018 symposium Towards Arab Dramaturgies is part of the exchange partnership between the Martin E. Segal Theater Center, the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center CUNY and the Theater Initiative at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The symposium is organized and curated by Marvin Carlson, Peter Eckersall, Frank Hentschker and Salma S. Zohdi, with additional support from Sahar Assaf and Robert Myers.

|About the Symposium|

With a focus in this symposium on Arabic dramaturgies, we hope to begin to answer these questions. As a term that bridges the ideas and practice of contemporary performance, dramaturgy draws our attention to the process of artistic production. It explores the notion that process is performance and invites us to look at the question of how artists connect ideas and forms in their work.

This symposium will feature research papers, artist talks and roundtable events. The sessions and papers will be compiled in a publication/book that will be generated from the discussions at the convening. The event will be live streamed and will be archived at the Segal Center’s Youtube page.

Contemporary theatre and performance in the Arabic world is a diverse and contested set of practices that are unfolding in a fast-changing political and culturally complex region. In this situation, the performing arts are under pressure to independently produce new work, uphold traditions— and simultaneously to speak about contemporary lives, nationalism, class, race, religion, gender and new forms of theatre. In this symposium, we ask how theatre can continue to grow, develop artistically and continue to be a voice in the future of the Arabic world. How can the theatre in the region thrive?

Scheduled speakers and panelists include: Khalid Amine, Eman Antar, Sahar Assaf, Dalia Basiouny, Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi, Wafaa Bilal, Leila Buck, Marvin Carlson, Peter Eckersall, Yussef El Guindi, Rania Khalil, Amahl Khouri, Ashley Marinaccio, Robert Myers, Rashi Mishra, Rubén Polendo, Heather Raffo, Betty Shamieh, and Sarah Youssef.


Day 1, Thursday, Sept, 27
(Conference Room #9206, 9th floor)


2:00pm – 5:00pm      Paper Presentations / Q&A

  • Robert Myers: Using Theater History, Translation Studies and Performance Studies to Redefine Arab Dramaturgy
  • Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi: Resistance Creative Languages
  • Eman Antar: Dances of Resistance in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Rashi Mishra: Traversing through the Siege: Role of movement and memory in performing cultural resistance
  • Ashley Marinaccio: Youth Theatre in Palestine

5:00pm –  6:00pm            Break

6:00pm –  6:15pm            Welcome note by Chase Robinson
Welcome by Marvin Carlson, Peter Eckersall, Frank Hentschker, Sahar Assaf, and Robert Myers

6:30pm –  7:30pm            Keynote by Wafaa Bilal / Q&A

 7:30pm –  7:40pm            A tribute to Hazem Azmi: (Moment of Silence, Excerpt readings)

7:30pm –  9:00pm            Drinks & Snacks in Green Room, Room 3111, 3rd Floor

For day 2 schedule, click here.




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