Moderated by Kathy Rowland (SG)
For an insight into how critics formulate their responses to performances, join senior Thai critic, Pawit Mahasarinand, Dede Pramayoza (Indonesia), Hiroyuki Takahashi (Japan) and Helmi Yusof (Singapore), in a post-show conversation about Checkpoint Theatre's Displaced Persons' Welcome Dinner written by Huzir Sulaiman. This critics-led discussion will bring a regional perspective to the work, a SIFA commission, by one of Singapore's leading theatre companies. Organised by ArtsEquator.com as part of the Asian Arts Media Roundtable. For more details, www.artsequator.com/aamr.
Supported by National Arts Council Singapore and Japan Foundation Asian Centre Grant Program for Production of Cultural Collaboration.
Pawit Mahasaranand (Thailand)
The first president of the Thailand centre of International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) and performing arts critic for The Nation newspaper. He is also the director of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), an independently run multi-disciplinary arts centre, welcoming 1.8 million visitors annually. Previously, he ran Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, presenting works by Globe Theatre, Pascal Rambert, Oriza Hirata, Toshiki Okada, Hiroaki Umeda, Pichet Klunchun, etc.
Dede Pramayoza (Indonesia)
Dede Pramayoza is a lecturer in theatre of Padangpanjang Art Institute. He has been taking his doctoral degree in Performing & Visual Art Studies at Postgraduate School of Gadjah Mada University since 2014. His recent activities are working for teraseni; Institute for Art and Culture Ekosystem, and managing an art and culture website www.teraseni.com. In 2016, he was one of the initiators of Pasa Harau Art & Culture Festival, at Harau Valley of West Sumatera. Now, he is managing Begawai Nusantara, a community-based festival networking, which consists of 9 festivals in Indonesia. Since 2018, he has been actively an expert team in production and curation field for Indonesiana Platform, Directorate General of Culture, Republic of Indonesia. His publishing book is Dramaturgi Sandiwara: Potret Teater Populer dalam Masyarakat Poskolonial (literally, Dramaturg of the Play: Portrait of Popular Theatre in Post-colonial Society), OMBAK Publishing, Yogyakarta (2013).
Hiroyuki Takahashi (Japan)
Hiroyuki Takahashi is a Japanese critic of theatre, performing arts, and a researcher on modern and contemporary Japanese theatre. He is a full-time lecturer at Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, a part-time lecturer of Waseda University, Japan Women’s University, Theatre Academy of Za-Koenji and Setagaya Public Theatre. He is a regular contributor to the Japanese theatre magazine Teatro, and a weekly cultural newspaper, Tosho Shinbun. Some of his articles include “Pre-Underground Theatre and 1960 Ampo” “History of Nuclear Bomb Theatre and Nuclear Plant Theatre,” “The Curious Position of Minority: Tsuka Kohei,” “From Agora to Agon: A position of Hirata Oriza,” “Space, Animal, Narrative: Theater Generation of 2000-2010s.” etc.
Helmi Yusof (Singapore)
Helmi Yusof is the Deputy Editor of the Lifestyle section of The Business Times, the leading financial daily of Singapore. Prior to this position, he was the newspaper's Arts Correspondent from 2012 - 2018, covering primarily the performing and visual arts. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA (Hons) from the faculty of Arts & Social Science.
Asian Arts Media Roundtable24 - 25 May 2019, Fri – Sat
F309, LASALLE College of the Art
The Asian Arts Media Roundtable is a two-day meeting of arts editors, publishers, reviewers, arts journalists, critics, bloggers, podcasters, videocasters, academics and arts makers from Southeast Asia, East Asia and Asia-Pacific. Presented by ArtsEquator, the Roundtable is the first step towards establishing a network of arts media organisations and individual arts writers in the region that will have multiple impacts across the creation, discourse and consumption of the arts. There will be two sessions open to the public: a panel discussion on the role of arts media, and a public post-show discussion following Checkpoint Theatre's Displaced Persons' Welcome Dinner written by Huzir Sulaiman.