Rhetoric of Creative Partnership: Conversations on Artistic Cross-Cultural Exchanges


November 14, 2019 - November 15, 2019 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

GT-Toyota Auditorium, UP Diliman

QUEZON CITY — The University of the Philippines Diliman through the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts and the UP Diliman Information Office is partnering with Japan Foundation Manila to host a two-day international conference from 14 to 15 November 2019 at the GT Toyota Auditorium, Asian Center. The theme of the conference is Rhetoric of Creative Partnership: Conversations on Artistic Cross-Cultural Exchanges.

The conference aims to create a space for discussions among artists, scholars, students and enthusiasts of the performing arts regarding collaboration. It is an attempt to engage local and international artists to talk about the benefits, issues, possibilities and problems of collaboration as an artistic practice and as a practical strategy for creative engagement. Finally, we intend to problematize the role of collaboration in the creative praxes of Asian artists, especially in the performing arts.

The conference will be headlined by two keynote speakers: Mr. Kentaro Matsui, a theater producer, critic, dramaturg, and the current director of Fujimi Culture Hall, Kirari Fujimi, Japan, and National Artist for Music Dr. Ramon P. Santos, a composer, musicologist, educator, cultural administrator, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines. The plenary sessions will revolve around the concepts of international and cross-cultural artistic collaborations in various forms and mode of performing arts – dramaturgy, directing, scene design, cultural leadership, pedagogy, and festival curation. We also invited experienced and award-winning practitioners of the performing arts: Maria Stela “Issa” Manalo Lopez (Philippines), Tomohiko Kyogoku (Japan), Armando “Tuxqs” Rutaquio, Jr. (Philippines), Layeta Bucoy (Philippines), Dr. Felipe Cervera (Singapore), Jesca Prudencio (USA), Yi-Kai Kao (Taiwan), Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan (Philippines), Mio Infante (Philippines), Leo Abaya (Philippines), Joseph Keith Anicoche (Philippines), and Rodolfo Vera (Philippines).

The international conference also features three performances that include international collaborations: Pahayag (Rhosam Prudenciado, Jr. and Mia Cabalfin), ASIA/N/ESS/ES (Asia Performing Arts Farm 2019), and a musical performance from UP Tugtugang Musika Asyatika (UP TUGMA). The 2 nd edition of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of Philippines Art will also be launched in the University of the Philippines on the first night of the conference.

This conference is for free. Slots are limited. Interested participants can register through https://bit.ly/2l00tqm.

For more information, please contact Asst. Prof. Olivia Kristine D. Nieto (odnieto@up.edu.ph) and Asst. Prof. Charles Erize P. Ladia (cpladia@up.edu.ph).