Thursday 30 May
Coffee from 8.30am
Morning Session from 9.30am
FORUM ADDRESS: TONY GRYBOWSKI, THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
Delegates heard from the newly appointed CEO, Tony Grybowski.
KEYNOTE: KELLY COPPER AND PAVOL LISKA OF NATURE THEATRE OF OKLAHOMA
Pavol and Kelly discussed the work of their company and the creation of OK Radio.
PANEL: VISION AND REINVENTION
Chair: Stephen Armstrong; Speakers: Geordie Brookman, Leticia Caceres, Kate Cherry, Wesley Enoch, Peter Evans, Mike Finch, Brenna Hobson, Matt Lutton, Polly Rowe
Lunch 1.00 – 2.00pm
Afternoon Session from 2.00pm
ARTISTIC TOURS TO THE INSTITUTIONS
THE ARTIST VS THE ARCHIVE
Curated by Nat Randall and hosted by a series of curators at institutions including the National Film and Sound Archives, CSIRO, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery Australia, National Portrait Gallery and National Library Australia. These off-site artistic trips opened the doors to private collections for intimate and personal tours. THE ARTIST VS THE ARCHIVE
WORKING SESSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS including:
WENDY BLACKLOCK SHARES HER PERSONAL HISTORY OF COMMISSIONING, TOURING AND PRESENTING ABORIGINAL THEATRE OVER 30 YEARS.
Wendy had an instrumental role in the development, national and international touring of Aboriginal theatre. Wendy shared a lifetime of stories over the last 30 years including producing The Cakeman in 1982 and touring to the USA, commissioning early Jack Davis work, touring Deborah Mailman in Seven Stages of Grieving nationally and internationally, and the more recent work of the Chooky Dancers in Wrong Skin.
Speaker: Wendy Blacklock
DEBUNKING SOME MYTHS AROUND THE MAJORS
The eight major theatre companies have large staff bases, sizeable programs and myriad ways of creating work and engaging with artists. From the outside it can be difficult to see how to get in or even to decide if working with a major is right for you. This session was designed for people who would like to have a conversation about how the majors work, with some of their General Managers and Executive Directors.
Hosts: Rob Brookman, Sue Donnelly, Brenna Hobson, Jo Porter
Kyle: WHAT IS ABORIGINAL THEATRE? Isaac: WHATEVER WE SAY IT IS.
A conversation around learning and unlearning. What do we need to forget to learn and where are our stories heading?
Moderators: Kyle Morrison and Isaac Drandic
WHO’S IT WITH? KNOWING AND OWING IN AN ‘ATTENTION ECONOMY’
Participatory performance, action art, socially engaged practice, civic manifestation, interventions, activations, situations, live art, time based, beyond borders, place based performance…all have at their core ‘who’s it with?’ Setting the tone for collaboration and the gathering of perspectives, this conversation extended current discourse around ‘Capital’ and explored a new set of relations between knowing and owing. What do we know about connection, attention and legacy – and how do we know it?
Moderator: Jude Anderson
CULTURAL LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITIES
Group Incognito had been commissioned by the Australia Council to scope and develop a leadership model/program to address the area of Cultural Leadership in Communities. What is already existing? Are there gaps in skills that help people to use theatre to build stronger communities? What skills do the community need? How can a leadership program be delivered?
Hosts: Group Incognito – Pauline Peel and Lockie McDonald
THE TECHNOLOGY FACTOR
How does technology enrich the experience of an audience in a way that challenges, provokes and excites them to engage with live performance in a new or different way. If the technology didn’t exist or, god forbid, failed would our experience be the lesser for it?
Moderator: Patrick Nolan and Zoe Pepper
PROGRAM PRESENTERS HAVE A CONVERSATION.
This working session was open to organisations currently funded through the Australia Council Theatre Board’s Program Presenters program, which assists the development and presentation of programs of new contemporary theatre work.
Host: Emma Webb
POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE
BAR OPEN AT CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
EVENING ARTISTIC PROGRAM
8.00pm, Playhouse CTC: version 1.0’s THE MAJOR MINOR PARTY
(90mins no interval). A Res Tickets $53 ($10 off) with promotion code ATF/APACA.
8.00pm, The Q, Queanbeyan: Shortis and Simpson’s PRIME TIME
(2h10m incl interval). Tickets for $22 ($17 off): ring box office to book on 6285 6290.
7.30pm, CSIRO Discovery Centre: BoHo Interactive’s WORD PLAY
(75mins no interval). Tickets $15 ($5 off) with the promotion code ATF.
7.30pm, The Street: MAX CULLEN’S HOW TO BE (OR NOT TO BE) LOWER
(70mins no interval). Tickets for $30 ($5 off): ring box office to book on 6247 1223.
LATE NIGHT MEETING POINTS: WIG & PEN AND SHORTY’S
A five minute walk from CTC to the Wig and Pen on Alinga Street, a ten minute walk from CTC to Shorty’s in Garema Place, and a five minute walk between the two.