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New York 2017 ISPA Congress - Schedule of Events
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Asia Society | Venue Website
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021 
- 17:00
Seminar Day (invitation only)
- 17:15
ISPA Committee Meetings (committee members only)
     Finance/Audit Committee
     Investment Committee
     Membership Committee
     Nominating Committee (lunch provided)
     Governance Committee
     Development Committee
     Program Committee
End of Day
Québec Government Office in New York | Venue Website
One Rockefeller Plaza, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10020 
- 20:00
ISPA Donor Reception (invitation only)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Millennium Broadway Hotel | Venue Website
145 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 
- 11:00
Executive Committee Meeting (committee members only)
Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theater | Venue Website
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027 
Registration and Information Desk
Speakers | Alicia Adams, Jude Kelly
(Planning Committee Co-Chairs), Mary Lou Aleskie (Board Chair) David Baile (CEO)
13:15 KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Natalia Kaliada 

SESSION 1 | Tides of Change
Are the arts part of the problem or part of the solution?  Can we address the issues facing contemporary society through the classical canon or for that matter, the modern canon?  Are artists enabled to create work that addresses the many global issues of 2017?  Is this even a priority for presenters?  Join us as we discuss what we as a sector are doing and more critically, what we can be doing.

Speakers | Kirsten Dehlholm (Hotel Pro Forma, Denmark), Natalia Kaliada (Belarus Free Theatre, Belarus/UK), Sarah Garton Stanley, (National Arts Centre, Canada)
Moderator | Jude Kelly (Southbank Centre, UK)

15:10 REGIONAL UPDATE | United States
Presenter | Zeyba Rahman 
(Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art)
15:15 Break
15:35 PERFORMANCE | Ayodele Casel
15:50 REGIONAL UPDATE | Brazil
Presenter | Daniel Valeriano 
(Camerata Latino Americana)
- 17:00

SESSION 2 | Curation: Power and Responsibility
In a society where many cultures and art forms come together, is the traditional approach to artistic curation still valid? Many festivals, art venues and public spaces are relying on the individual artist to self-program.  Are programmers an anachronism? Is the traditional performing arts venue no longer relevant? Is non-curation the best way to ensure access and relevance?

Speakers | Zvonimir Dobrovic (Domino, Croatia), Pamela Tatge (Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, USA) Victoria Wang (National Taichung Theater, Taiwan)
Moderator | Alicia Adams (John F Kennedy Center, USA)

Bryant Park Grill | Venue Website
25 W 40th Street, New York, NY 10018 
17:30 Opening Reception
20:00 End of Day

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Times Center | Venue Website
242 West 41st Street, New York, NY 10036
09:00 Registration and Information Desk (coffee and tea)

The Pitch New Works Session provides delegates the opportunity to become involved in commissioning and/or presenting new works before they fully enter the international marketplace. View the selected Pitch Presenters.

Host | Anthony Sargent CBE (Luminato Festival, Canada)

- 13:45
PRO EX | Professional Exchange
Join us in a relaxed, informal, and intimate environment for casual networking, establishing new contacts, and maintaining existing relationships. Delegates registered for a Full Pass or a Day Pass for Wednesday, January 11 may reserve a complimentary table-top space to showcase their organization or artists (subject to availability and limit one per organization). View the list of ProEx Exhibitors. Questions? Contact Ann Pattan
12:45 Lunch
13:45 PERFORMANCE | Tanya Tagaq 
Presenter | Amany Abouzeid 
(TAMASI Performing Arts Collective)

SESSION 3 | The Inherent Technology
New tools present opportunities to enhance dialogue, interactivity and understanding.  New approaches are changing the applicability of technology to our experience both in and out of theaters while new apps are changing the way we interact with society and community.  Are we changing the concept of authenticity and the role the arts can play?

Speakers | Dominic Bilkey (National Theatre, UK), Ryan Holladay (The Holladay Brothers, USA), Paola Prestini (National Sawdust, USA)
Moderator | Raj Patel 
(Arup, USA)

15:20 Break
- 17:00

SESSION 4 | Power of Identity
Individual identity is unique and changes with place, activity and time.  Struggling with this complexity, society labels large groups of individuals through a single lens – oversimplifying by race, gender, religion, economic status or sexual orientation. The arts have an opportunity to reject the need to stereotype and create a broader cultural understanding but how is this best achieved?

Speakers | Deborah Colker (Deborah Colker Dance Company, Brazil), Hakan Silahsizoglu (Atta Festival, Turkey) Carrie Mae Weems (USA)
Moderator | Panti Bliss (Ireland) 

19:00 ISPA Out on the Town 
We have partnered with globalFEST and PROTOTYPE Festival to provide opportunities for discounted performance tickets and socializing. Learn more
23:30 End of Day

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Times Center | Venue Website
242 West 41st Street, New York, NY 10036
8:00  Registration and Information Desk (coffee and tea)
- 9:15
Town Hall | Strategic Plan (optional)
09:30 REGIONAL UPDATE | United Kingdom 
Presenter | Paul Fitzpatrick 

SESSION 5 | New Audiences: Integrating Migration and Mobility
There has been an unprecedented shift of place for many of the world’s peoples in the past five years.  How are communities accepting these new residents and how are some political powers rejecting them?  As a traditional tool of advocacy and diplomacy what role will the arts play in this ongoing debate?

Speakers | Nina Kaye (Artifax Software Limited, UK), Marion Potts (Australia Council for the Arts, Australia) Oussama Rifahi (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Lebanon)
Moderator | Eugene Downes (Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland)

12:30 Lunch
13:15 PERFORMANCE | Nicola Gunn

SESSION 6 | Theater of Empowerment
Artistic statements about place and movements have historically contributed to a broader understanding of traditionally disempowered members of society. The modern precursors were early endeavors related to feminism, LGBT and political theater. Today, is there still a need for these political statements and does intrinsic artistic value contribute to the dialogue and/or matter?

Speakers | Patrica Cruz (Harlem Stage, USA), Cornelia Faasen (National Theatre Initiative, South Africa), Sandra Laronde (Red Sky Performance, Canada) Amir Nizar Zuabi (Palestine)
Moderators | Alicia Adams (John F Kennedy Center, USA), Jude Kelly (Southbank Centre, UK)

15:00 Break
Speaker | Marc Blondeau
(Place des Arts, Canada)
Host | Nancy Yao Maasbach
16:30 Cocktail Reception 
 17:30 Conclusion of Congress
230 Fifth | Venue Website
230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001
- 24:00
Closing Party 


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Contact Ann Pattan at or 1 212 206 8490 x202

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