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Announcing Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress Pitch New Works Projects

Monday, April 30, 2018  

For Immediate Release

Announcing Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress
Pitch New Works Projects


Tuesday, May 1, 2018—The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is delighted to announce the ten selected Pitch New Works projects that will be presented at the Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress, Off the Beaten Track, next month!

These ten projects are an exciting reflection of the new works in development across the Netherlands and the globe, representing a diverse mix of genres and disciplines. We are also thrilled to welcome local ISPA member Neil Wallace, Artistic Director, De Doelen Concerthall, to host the session. The ten projects include:

A WoMan | Belarus Free Theatre | Theater | U.K, Belarus, U.S.A

The Dead | The Performance Corporation | Music/ Theater | Ireland

Falling Out | Phantom Limb Company/ Octopus Theatricals | Theater/ Interdisciplinary (Puppetry/ Butoh/ Music) | USA (with core collaborator from Japan)

Farewell My Concubine | West Kowloon Cultural District | Contemporary Cantonese Opera | Hong Kong

Gesualdo | Netherlands Chamber Choir, De Warme Winkel | Music Theater | Netherlands

LIT SCENES | Intro Maastricht | Interdisciplinary: Music and VJ | Netherlands

Rhinoceros | The Smartphone Orchestra/ WildVreemd | Music Theatre via Smartphones | Netherlands

Teenage Trilogy | Curious Seed | Dance Theater | Scotland, U.K.

WACHTER | Stichting Sielesâlt / Tryater | Music Theater | Netherlands

We Are In Trouble | IVGI&GREBEN | Dance | Netherlands

Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress Pitch Projects

The Pitch New Works projects were selected from 40 submitted applications by ISPA’s Pitch New Works Committee. The committee is chaired by Piotr Turkiewicz, Head of the Music Management & International Relations at the National Forum of Music in Poland; and includes David Baile, CEO, ISPA; Clothilde Cardinal, Director of Programming, Place des Arts; Alison Friedman, Artistic Director Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District; and Igor Lozada, Director, Universidad de Guadalajara. Annet Lekkerkerker, Managing Director, Holland Festival, joined the committee in a consulting role from the region.

Delegates of the upcoming congress in Leeuwarden can catch these 10 remarkable projects at the Pitch New Works session, Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at De Harmonie. Immediately following the session, delegates will have an opportunity to meet the presenters at ISPA’s ProEx (Professional Exchange).


About ISPA: The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is a global association of more than 500 arts management leaders from 56 regions, who come together with the shared goal of strengthening and developing the arts internationally. We achieve this by building leadership ability, by recognizing and discussing field-wide trends and new developments, and by deepening global exchange through the arts. ISPA members include presenters, performing arts organizations, artist managers, competitions, funders, consultants and other professionals working in the performing arts. Founded in 1948 by Patrick Hayes, 2017 marked ISPA's 69th Anniversary. 

About Pitch New Works: 
ISPA's Pitch New Works Program provides a forum for creators and arts professionals to share and discover new performing arts projects. Twice a year, ten submissions are selected to be presented to hundreds of performing arts professionals at ISPA's Congresses. View roster of past Pitch New Works projects. Read Pitch New Works success stories.

Media Contact: Minji Kim (; 1 212 206 8490 x205)