Curatorial Practice in the Performing Arts
The development of curatorial concepts and practices in the performance arts have so far been embryonic, especially when compared to the intensive debates of such ideas within the visual arts world.
Show Me The World, organised by Goethe Institute and Singapore International Festival of Arts, seeks to address this deficit in Southeast Asia through a series of informative talks, lively panel discussions and eye-opening presentations by seasoned curators from diverse corners of the world, including SIFA Festival Director Ong Keng Sen; Rolf Abderhalden, Artistic Director of Mapa Teatro in Colombia; and Florian Malzacher, Artistic Director of Impulse Theater Biennale in Germany.
Joined by eight young curators working in specific contexts in Southeast Asia, the conversation attempts to locate the curating of performance arts in a post-global world, where locality and historical differences have become urgent and necessary. To what extent do colonial attitudes pervade curatorial practices in Southeast Asia, and do curators have to ‘decolonise’ themselves of influences that they have imbibed unconsciously?
Complexities will be collaboratively unpacked through imagined scenarios, negotiations of difference and debates about the position of audiences in curatorial practice. Some issues that could arise include ‘the exotic spectacle’, ‘hierarchies of power’, ‘fashion and ethics’ and ‘the essence vs the individual’.
26 June, 7pm – 9pm
Rolf Abderhalden presents
27 June, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Presentations from South East Asia
27 June, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Florian Malzacher presents
28 June, 10am – 6pm
Presentations and Discussions