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Announcing ISPA's Virtual Pitch New Works

Monday, April 13, 2020   (0 Comments)

New York, NY, USA (Updated June 1, 2020) – The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is delighted to announce its first virtual Pitch New Works session and the ten selected projects that will be presented.

Leaders in the performing arts are invited to experience this flagship ISPA program at home but nevertheless connected with their colleagues from around the world. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 9:00 am EDT and register here for the free and open to all 2 hour Pitch New Works streaming event. ISPA members will have ongoing access to recorded footage and presentation materials following the live event.

The ten selected projects represent a diverse mix of genres and disciplines and are an exciting reflection of the new works in development across Taipei, the Asian region, and the globe. More details on each project can be found in the Pitch New Works Handout. We are also delighted that Anthony Sargent CBE, CEO of Luminato Festival Toronto, will join us as virtual host. The ten projects include:

Gastronomic | curious directive | Theater | United Kingdom
Hardovan (Both of Them) | Tarab | Interdisciplinary | Iran
Ice Age | Resident Island Dance Theatre | Dance | Taiwan/ United Kingdom/ France
Island x Dancer | TAI body theatre | Dance | Taiwan/ Indonesia
Passage to Lo-jin | Gang-a tsui Theater | Theater | Taiwan
Filipinx | Kristopher McDowell Productions | Dance | Philippines/ Canada/ United States
野台羅摩 (Rama House) | 驫舞劇場 (HORSE) | Dance | Taiwan/ Thailand/ Myanmar/ Cambodia/ Indonesia
Soft Lights for Sleepless Nights | Riverbed Theatre | Interdisciplinary | Taiwan
The Drought Goddess. Dream of the World | La Cie MaxMind | Music Theater | Taiwan
The One Who Sings | Tshisa Boys Productions (Pty) Ltd | Music Theater | South Africa

Pitch Projects for June 2020 Virtual Pitch New Works

The Pitch New Works projects were selected from a pool of 40 applications by ISPA’s Pitch New Works Committee. The committee was chaired by Hanako Yamaguchi, Director, Music Programming, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Also serving on the committee were David Baile, CEO, ISPA; Clothilde Cardinal, Director of Programming, Place Des Arts; Jonathan Holloway, Former Artistic Director, Melbourne International Arts Festival; Igor Lozada, Director, Universidad de Guadalajara; Piotr Turkiewicz, Head of International Development and Programming at the National Forum of Music in Poland; and Victoria Wang, Executive Director, The Chien Kuo Foundation for Arts and Culture. For this round of Pitch New Works, priority was given to projects that reflected the cultural diversity of Taiwan and the Asian region.


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, 2019 marked ISPA's 70th 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.

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