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20th International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) conference concludes in Hong Kong

The 20th conference of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) presenter network was successfully concluded after a four-day schedule from June 8 to 11 in Hong Kong. The conference was hosted this time by Hong Kong’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) with the Hong Kong City Hall and the Hong Kong Culture Centre as its main venues and attended by more than 300 arts presenters from 30 countries, making it the largest ISPA conference in 10 years.
The 4-day conference agenda included six seminars, video presentations and booth presentations. As affiliated events, there was an ISPA Academy training seminar (June 6–7), a China International Performing Arts Fair and the ISPA’s Distinguished Artist Awards ceremony (with awards going to artistic director Lin Hwai-min of Taiwan’s Crowd Gate Dance Company and two other awardees).
Among the pitch sessions, an invited performance of Ping Chong’s Cathy: Three Tales of China performed last year New York’s Kennedy Center showed the success of a multimedia China-U.S. production taking as its theme the traditional puppet theater of China’s ancient capital Xian. South Korea’s Nam Jeong-ho presented video of a work titled Pallae (Womanhood Story) in which five women in their white robes performed a contemporary dance fantasy that showed the results of many years of performance experience in Europe. There was also a video presentation of the work of the Miranda Ching Dance Company, which is scheduled to perform in Japan in 2007.
Among the seminar panelists from Japan was the artistic director of Tokyo’s Setagaya Public Theatre, Mansai Nomura, gave video presentations of Machigai no Kyogen (Kyogen of Errors), a Kyogen style adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors written and directed by Nomura, and the new work Atsushi–Sangetsuki, Meijin-den (Atsushi Nakajima’s Mountain Diary, Tales of a Master) scheduled to be re-produced in September. He also presented a talk on the ISPA conference’s theme this time of “fusion of tradition and the contemporary.”
In 2007, ISPA conferences will be held in New York from Jan. 16 to 18 and in Brussels from June 8 to 11.
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