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Imagining Communities

“Imagining”, “mapping”: words that are rooted in a curiosity, a question, an intention to create context and conversation. The
Theatre and Performance (TAP) 2019 Meeting attempts a continuing conversation within the theatre community. What propels us
to attempt coming together in such a formation/context? When and why do we feel this need; can we articulate it? The Theatre
and Performance Meeting 2019 is organised as a coming together of local theatre practitioners working across generation,
language, discipline and context while identifying somewhere along the spectrum of theatre and performance. TAP 2019 is
organized with the overall aim of creating a platform for artists to speak with other artists, coming together in the spirit of
openness and curiosity about aspects of practice and performance. It is also intended as a discursive space for critical conversation,
reflection and for building networks and mobilising within the theatre community.

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DAY 1 | 24 August 2019

Ecologies of Theatre and Theatre Making Practices: Insights
Moderated by: Ruhanie Perera

What are the structures and practices that sustain theatre making in Sri Lanka? Join in a discussion that considers different
approaches and practices performers and theatre practitioners use to think about and make theatre/performance work, define
their context and senses of identity, as well as shape contexts of collective formation. The discussion will also explore the idea of
thinking about theatre and theatre making as an organism that should be first considered on its own terms.

In Conversation: Saumya Liyanage| Godwin Constantine| Ruwanthie de Chickera | IdeaCouch

Saturday, 24 August 2019 | 10am-11.15am
University of Visual and Performing Arts
Number of Places: 40

Emerging Voices on ‘Performance’: Young Researcher’s Forum
Moderated by Praveen Tilakaratne

This session invites young and emerging researchers to present and deliberate on research conducted on theatre and performance
in Sri Lanka. It is a forum for voices in performance research to be heard, while also allowing a glimpse into the new direction
research is headed towards in relation to theatre as practice. The forum will feature recent graduates presenting from their
research. A panel of critical respondents will also share insights and possible areas of development and discussion at the end of each

Presenters: Roshanthi Croos | Ranga Manupriya | Nicholas Marithas | Selvarasa Ragaventhan | Nipuni Sharadha | Saambavi Sivaji
| Piumi Wijesundara

Saturday, 24 August 2019 | 11.30am-1.30pm and 2.30pm-4.00pm

University of Visual and Performing Arts
Number of Places: 40

DAY 2 | 25 August 2019

Creativity and Copyright: Questions Around Ethics and Intellectual Property

How do we frame ownership in terms of new works of literature or theatre work that ultimately come to life on stage? In the
creation/devising process, in what ways can we establish ethical practices, practices that respect the integrity and originality of
other, previous works- or the work of a collective? While generating novelty is vital for the sustenance of the theatre industry of
any country, can ownership be also thought of in new and novel ways, and not simply impinged on the idea of a ‘market’? As
writers and directors, performance artists and independent collectives or collaborations, we are often faced with questions related
to ethics and intellectual property. Join this session where creative practitioners engage with existing laws on intellectual property
and think creatively about copyright and protection.

Sunday, 25 August 2019 | 10.00am-11.15am

University of Visual and Performing Arts
Number of Places: 20

Women in Performance
Facilitated by Nadee Kammallaweera

What does it mean to be a woman in the theatre context of Sri Lanka? How aware are we of the gendered dimensions embedded in
the practice we are a part of? How do women position themselves, or negotiate position in creative territories, and is
underrepresentation a reality that is consistently grappled with? Gender – especially that of being a woman – in creative industry
and narrative is a global conversation, with local specificities, and a long and difficult history. This working group of actresses
currently working in the industry, joined by writers, directors and activists come together to share their experiences and comment
on possibilities for action plans and collective statements.

Lead Discussants: Deepani Silva | Kaushalya Fernando | Nipunie Sharada | Bimsara Premaratne
Sunday, 25 August 2019 | 11.30am-12.30pm
University of Visual and Performing Arts
Number of Places: 20

Organizational Impulses: Performance, Community, Context
Facilitated by Jake Oorloff

In this working group practitioners come together to discuss the need to bring together, organise, mobilise and build a community
of artists involved in theatre and performance contexts. Within the community, disparate conversations and numerous attempts at
organization have been initiated, but not pursued further or concretely, while we still seem to keep coming together in varied
collective formations. Reflections on intentions and expectations, as well as projections of what form and shape such organisation
could take will be considered during the discussion.
In Conversation: Chandana Aluthge | Peter D’Almeida | Tracy Holsinger | Parakrama Niriella | Kumari Welagedara

Sunday, 25 August 2019 | 12.30pm-1.30pm

University of Visual and Performing Arts
Number of Places: 20

Performance and Archiving Practices: Practitioner Perspectives
Facilitated by Pramodha Weerasekera

In this panel we consider practices and approaches to performance research, documentation and archival work taken on by creative
practitioners. How do the dynamics of archiving change when the artist is the archivist? What does the practitioner learn about
practice in and through archiving processes? This panel considers the impulse to archive in artist-led/ practitioner-led archival
In Conversation: Stages Theatre Company | Floating Space Theatre Company | Jyoti Dhar

Sunday, 25 August 2019 | 2.30pm-3.30pm

University of Visual and Performing Arts
Number of Places: 20

Performance and Critique: Thoughts on a Culture of Review
Facilitated by Pramodha Weerasekera

What is the nature of the role played by reviewers and critics in engaging with theatre and performance? What kinds of vital
practices do critics need to follow to create conversations around performers, practitioners and theatre companies that extend the
life of a performance, and connect theatre publics to work produced? How can the practice of critical writing create discursive
spaces that contribute to a culture of reflection?
In Conversation: Dilshan Boange | Smriti Daniel | Sulochana Wickremasinghe | Yohan Fereira

Saturday, 25 August 2019 | 3.30pm-4.30pm

University of Visual and Performing Arts
Number of Places: 20

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