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September 27

Towards Arab Dramaturgies (Day 1)

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.

|Schedule|

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.

 

 

 

Date: September 27
Venue: Room 9206
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September 28

Towards Arab Dramaturgies (Day 2)

Photo: 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.

|Schedule|

Day 2, Friday, Sept, 28
(Skylight Room #9100, 9th floor)

9:00am – 9:50am             Registration/Coffee

10:00am –  11:30am        Arab Stages Advisory Board Session
Marvin Carlson: Arab Dramaturgies: A Mutiplicity of Options
Introduction by Betty Shamieh
Conversation with Marvin Carlson and others / Q&A

11:30pm –  1:00pm         Theatre of the Real: Dramaturgy in the Arab Context
with Amahl Khouri, Theatre Mitu, Sahar Assaf, and Peter Eckersall / Q&A

1:00pm –  2:30pm            Lunch Break

 * 2:30pm –  4:00pm        Paper Presentations

  • Khalid Amine: Alternative Arab Dramaturgies
  • Sarah Youssef: Arab Dramaturgies on the European Stage: Liwaa Yazji’s Goats (Royal Court, 2017), Mohammad Al-Attar’s The Factory (Ruhrtriennale, 2018)
  • Dalia Basiouny: Dramaturgies of the Revolution
  • Frank Hentschker: Segal Center Publications

* 4:00pm –  5:30pm        Arab American and Arab Artists in conversation / Q&A
Opening by Yussef El Guindi
Conversation with Sahar Assaf, Dalia Basiouny, Leila Buck, Rania Khalil, Amahl Khoury, Heather Raffo, and Betty Shamieh

* 5:30pm –  6:00pm        Wrap up, Recap, and Conclusions by Marvin Carlson, Peter Eckersall, Frank Hentschker, Sahar Assaf, and Robert Myers

* Coffee and snacks in Green Room, Room 3111, 3rd Floor

For day 1 schedule, click here

 

Date: September 28
Venue: SKYLIGHT ROOM
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November 26

50 Years to 1968: A Sit-In Seminar

Photo by Paul Klee From the Collection of Paul Cronin

Monday, November 26
Segal Theatre
All Day Seminar

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

In 1968, the student body emerged on the global scene as a cohesive revolutionary movement fighting alongside oppressed people in India, East and Western Europe, South and North America, and articulating a new political horizon. 50 years later, what remains of that emancipatory promise?

In an all-day event, the Segal Center and the Doctoral Students of Theatre and Performance will stage a critical homage to the 1968 sit-ins and alternative modes of congregation, inviting students,
activists, scholars, artists and workers to share the space, sit together, talk, perform, meet and listen. The sit-in at the Segal will create an open forum for participants from different groups and areas to debate, experiment and re-imagine the political roles and potential of the student body and its collaborators today – both inside and outside the university.

Created in collaboration with Doctoral Students of Theatre and Performance, Amir Farjoun and Mara Valderrama.

Date: November 26
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 10

Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like?

Joseph Beuys, Untitled (Sun State), 1974.

Monday, December 10
Segal Theatre
All Day Lecture Performances with Meg Araneo, Patricia Clough, Amir Farjoun, Jon McKenzie, Aneta Stojnic, and others

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

What is the role of aesthetics in the production and dissemination of knowledge and research? In what new ways can we perform our knowledge, and to what new ends?

Un-covering and celebrating the latent performative potential of any pedagogical situation, prominent scholars and graduate students convene to consider such basic, yet often neglected questions: what does learning feel like? Philosopher and political scientist Wendy Brown calls upon scholars to recover “what is ineffably moving, sublime, or meaningful in the humanities.”
Performing Knowledge seeks to do exactly that, focusing on the Humanities’ struggles with trends of neoliberalism.

Performing Lecturers include Meg Araneo, Patricia Clough (The Affective Turn), Jon McKenzie (Perform or Else) and Aneta Stojnic, and Graduate Students.

Performing Knowledge is an initiative by Amir Farjoun, Ph.D. Student of Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center CUNY, in collaboration with the Segal Center. Co-produced with Mara Valderrama.

Date: December 10
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 12

Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)

Covers of Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project’s Process of Devising Theater and Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater

Wednesday, December 12
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Discussion + 3:00pm Workshop + 5:30pm Book Talk

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

What is devised theater? This form, which confounds traditional notions of theatermaking, is itself confounding. It has come to mean many different (and sometimes conflicting) things, depending on the context. Join our working group discussion, featuring producing institutions, funders, artists, legal experts, and scholars, as we attempt to create a comprehensive definition for the “devised theater.” What happens when the collaboration expands beyond traditional definitions? How is the work curated, produced, presented, compensated and credited?

3:00pm Workshop
Register at mestc@gc.cuny.edu for a special Devised Theatre afternoon workshop with the Dramatists Guild, who organized an International Devised Theatre Conference as a part of their 2018 National Conference.

5:30pm Book Talk
with Jimmy Maize, Moment Work (2018), and Chloe Johnston, Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater (2018)

Organized and led by Andrew Kircher, Director of The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Initiative + an afternoon workshop with the Dramatist Guild on their new devised theater contract templates.

Andrew Kircher is the Director of the Devised Theater Initiative and associate dramaturg at the Public Theater. As a creative producer, he has worked with companies including Ars Nova, Les Freres Corbusier, and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, and was previously the associate director of the Under the Radar Festival. He has served on panels with NEFA, Creative Capital, among others. He curated the 2017 and 2018 PRELUDE Festival.

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