Public Seminar: Curating Landscape

In this public seminar, Silvia Bottiroli, currently the Artistic Director of DAS Theatre & former Artistic Director of Santarcangelo Festival, Italy is an internationally acclaimed curator, research and organiser in contemporary performing arts – shares her experience in curating for festivals and cultural and academic institutions and looks at the critical role of dramaturgical thinking in her practice.

Silvia will discuss a few case studies and her curatorial experiences, such as the artistic direction of Santarcangelo Festival (2012-2016), the curation of the thematic programme “The May Events” (2018) in KunstenFestivalDesArts in Brussels and Vooruit in Ghent, and the design in educational contexts such as Nomadic School (2014-2015) and the DAS Theatre programme “Anywhere, Anywhere Out of This World” (2017).

She will unpack these case studies to explore the political dimension of curating, the possibility of giving space to radically different voices within a programme without neutralising them, the potential of artist-curator collaboration, and the possibilities of addressing the public as a multitude of diverse individuals.

Reading list:
Malzacher, F, Tupajić, T and Zanki, P. (eds), Frakcija “Performing Arts Journal”, no. 55, 2010
Keil, M. (ed.), Reclaiming the Obvious: On the Institution of the Festival, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute; Konfrontacje Teatralne – Centre for Culture in Lublin, 2017
Bottiroli, S. and Polenta, G., How to build a manifesto for the future of a festival. Build the timeSantarcangelo, Santarcangelo dei Teatri and Maggioli Editore, 2015

Date:
27 October 2019 (Sunday)

Time:
3:30pm-6:00pm

Venue:
Studio Theatre, 1/F, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
(1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)

Speaker:
Silvia Bottiroli, Artistic Director of DAS Theatre, the Academy of Theatre and Dance, the Amsterdam University of the Arts

Co-Moderators:
Janice Poon Sze-wan, Senior Lecturer (Playwriting and Dramaturgy) and Academic Project Officer, School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Low Kee Hong, Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, West Kowloon 

Language:
English with simultaneous Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation

Target Participants:
Theatre professionals and those with an interest in theatre, performing arts and programme curation

Registration:
Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.

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Enquiries:
Ms Cheng (852) 2200 0804, pa1@wkcda.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning, or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force 3 hours before the start of an event, the event will be cancelled

About the Speakers:

Silvia Bottiroli
Artistic Director of DAS Theatre, the Academy of Theatre and Dance, the Amsterdam University of the Arts

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Silvia Bottiroli is a curator, researcher and organiser in performing arts. 

She has curated a number of discursive and educational platforms, collaborating with the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, Homo Novus Festival in Riga, Ghent University in Ghent and research platform “Aleppo” in Brussels.

She was the artistic director of Santarcangelo Festival between 2012 and 2016. In 2018, she curated the artistic and discursive programme “The May Events” in KunstenFestivalDesArts in Brussels and Vooruit in Ghent. Since 2011, she has taught Methodology, Critique and Research in the Arts at Bocconi University in Milan. From September 2018, she has been the Artistic Director of DAS Theatre in Amsterdam.

Silvia obtained her PhD in Visual and Performing Arts at the Pisa University.

About the Moderators:

Janice Poon Sze-wan
Senior Lecturer (Playwriting and Dramaturgy) and Academic Project Officer, School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Poon Sze-wan

Janice Poon Sze-wan is a Senior Lecturer (Playwriting and Dramaturgy) and Academic Project Officer in the School of Drama at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dramatists and a veteran theatre artist and cultural practitioner engaged in cross disciplinary playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, curating and theatre making, focusing on play development and text-based cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural theatre. Her work is heavily loaded with socio-political issues and concerns, and has been recognised with the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government’s Chevening Scholarship. Devoted to cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the international theatre scene, Janice has been a resident artist at The Lark Play Development Center in New York and the Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark, and is a frequent speaker and facilitator at international theatre conferences and festivals. Her works have been presented in major cities in Europe, the US, China and other regions in Asia. And Then, I Float (2013) was recognised with four major awards, nominated for the best play award at the Hong Hong Theatre Libre, and invited as part of a cultural exchange project at the Schillertage festival in Mannheim, Germany (2015). Small Waisted (2016) won the Multi-cultural Short Plays Competition organised by the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO.

Low Kee Hong
Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, West Kowloon 

As Head of Theatre, Performing Arts at the West Kowloon, Low Kee Hong is responsible for formulating the district’s artistic direction and strategies for drama and theatre arts. In this role, Low has overseen the launch and co-presentation of a number of projects and programmes that engage in new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation. These include Hong Kong’s first International Workshop Festival of Theatre; a three-year programme on new directions in scenography (“What is Stage”); a three-year programme on dramaturgy (“Dramaturgy and Beyond”); international residency programmes with partners in Scotland, New Zealand and Australia; new commissions with international festivals, such as Samson Young’s One or Two Stories or Both with the Manchester International Festival, Teatro de los Sentidos and Tang Shu Wing’s Our Death Won’t Hurt AnybodyFreely inspired by The Art of War by Sunzi (Part 1) with GREC Festival Barcelona; and West Kowloon’s first original Cantonese musical The Great Pretender featuring Cantonese opera elements.