Celebration of Creativity
Monday, January 13, 2014
Posted by: Minji Kim
Join us reflecting on the past 65 years of creativity and looking to our future toward growth, diversity, and development! Auditoria Magazine highlights ISPA's success and visions in its annual 2014 issue. You can read the reproduced article below or enjoy the full original article with photos on the Auditoria Website.
While the idea of global interconnection is now gaining ground in a world that has become isolationist and divided, it is something the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) has quietly understood and embodied since its founding in 1948. Built on the idea that we are all connected – that no artist, organization or community is an island – and that the arts will ¬floourish when we capitalise on the strength of our relationships, ISPA has grown into an impressive international network of arts professionals, including 400+ members from more than 50 countries and diverse sectors of the performing arts field. ISPA understands that culture, trade and world events are inextricably intertwined – and that members’ investment in understanding, exchange and relationship-building is an important form of leadership in the arts.
In 2013, ISPA celebrated its 65th anniversary. The festivities began in January in New York and were continued throughout the organisation’s June Congress in Wrocław, Poland. While 65 is a significant number, ISPA is keen to place emphasis on what it has accomplished, and even more importantly, where the organization is headed. However, there is a certain sense of achievement in reaching this grand old age and as such, the organisation did not want to let the anniversary go unrecognised.
It is also signi cant that as ISPA gets older, it is becoming more diverse, accepting and accessible – reaching out to di erent regions, cultures and ages. Therein lies the true celebration.
Now, as ISPA looks forward to the next 65 years (or perhaps _ve at this juncture), what lies ahead? Re_ecting its core values, the organisation hopes to represent and support a greater diversity of leadership in the international performing arts community, expand its learning and professional development opportunities for both established and emerging leaders, and develop additional opportunities for fostering communication and exchange.
"Strengthening the sector and indeed our communities is key to ISPA’s mission and values,” comments ISPA’s CEO, David Baile. "I think what separates us from a traditional arts marketplace is that it is more a marketplace of ideas. In the words of one of our board members, ‘ISPA is where I come to get my next idea’.”
Ahead for business
ISPA is kicking o_ its next 65 years with two opportunities to convene. The First – in New York, 14-16 January 2014 – will view the performing arts from a holistic perspective, looking to funding, partnerships, new models and other elements that comprise the entire ecology of the field. These wide-ranging discussion points will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore the global performing arts through the broadest possible lens. _e event will also bring together a wide range of voices including Louise Herron from Sydney Opera House, Marshall Marcus from the European Union Youth Orchestra and Karen Hopkins from the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The second meeting will be held in Bogotá, Colombia. _is meeting usually takes place in late May/early June, but the 2014 dates are 7-12 April. _e much earlier time slot is intended to coincide with the Iberoamerican Theatre Festival of Bogotá. _is bi-annual festival showcases theatre, dance and music from around the world and will run from 4-20 April 2014. It will be an opportunity for delegates to see Bogotá at its cultural peak. The theme of the Congress itself is ‘What the Arts Move’ and with that simple theme, ISPA will explore the role of arts in a region in conflict and the impact on cultural, social and political perspectives.
ISPA works continually to provide programmatic opportunities to encourage the exchange of work. Both 2014 congresses will offer two opportunities for artists and arts organisations to promote their work. The first, ISPA’s signature programme, is Pitch New Works. Here, 10 projects are selected through a competitive review process. Those selected are then given an opportunity to present their work in seven minutes to the delegation, followed by a three-minute Q&A. All projects must be either in development or fully realised, but not yet have toured. Many of the past projects have gone on to find commissioning and presenting partners, representation or extended touring opportunities.
The second programme is more like a traditional arts market but in a condensed period of time. ProEx (professional exchange) facilitates an opportunity for delegates to speak with each other about their work in an informal but structured ‘marketplace’. Primarily, however, ISPA is a meeting place – an opportunity for delegates to broaden their personal and professional network, a place to reconnect with colleagues and a venue to explore ideas and challenges with perspectives from a variety of voices from around the world. Registration for both of the 2014 congresses is now open.