Keynote Speeches from the IETM Porto Plenary Meeting, Portugal—Thursday 26 April to Saturday 28 April 2018
IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts presented three keynotes from the IETM Porto Plenary Meeting 2018 livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 26 April, Friday 27 April, and Saturday 28 April. Share your impressions and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #IETMPorto.
The IETM Porto Plenary Meeting brought together nearly 600 performing arts professionals from all over the world for discussions on how art relates to the processes of transforming centers of creation, dissemination and decision-making.
Watch the livestreams at howlround.tv.
“Other Centres” by Fernanda Silva, Creator and Performer, and Álvaro Domingues, Geographer.
Thursday 26 April at 16:00 - 17:30 (Porto, London, UTC +1) / 17:00 - 18:30 (Paris, Berlin, UTC +2) / 15:00 - 16:30 UTC +0 / 12:00 - 13:30 (São Paulo, UTC -3) / 11:00 - 12:30 (New York, UTC -4)
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, the Brazilian anthropologist known for his attempt to decolonize thought, is the axe in this two fold opening, delivered in the format of a lecture performance by Fernanda Silva, founder of the activist Metaphor Teatro Galpao in Parnaiba, Brazil, and a keynote speech by Alvaro Domingues, Portuguese writer and geographer with a specific interest in the geography of social inequalities.
While Viveiros de Castro in his text “Os Involuntários da Pátria” denounces the condition of the Native Americans in Brazil—uprooted from their indigenous presence in the Americas, colonized by the Europeans, and excluded as full citizens—Domingues leads us to central questions of the Anthropocene: who are the “excluded” of today and what new or old worlds do they inhabit?
“How to be emerging?” by Pedro Penim, Founding Member & Artistic Director of Teatro Praga.
Friday 27 April at 10:00 - 10:45 (Porto, London, UTC +1) / 11:00 - 11:45 (Paris, Berlin, UTC +2) / 09:00 - 09:45 UTC +0
Is there an ‘expiry date’ for being an emerging artist? What if an artist’s career veers off the trodden paths and traditional routes, and keeps on emerging in new environments and in new shapes? Pedro Penim is a founding member of award winning Teatro Praga (Plague Theatre) in Lisbon. Teatro Praga define themselves as a group or federation of artists, with a coat of arms and a history. When someone asks who they are, they usually propose a rephrasing of the question, since they are something different with every show or day that passes. Still, they rejoice with the established order and find their own unpredictable variation to be a way of enlarging the concept of predictability.
“A Critical Ten Point Plan to Creating Professional Sectors that Reflect Society” by Tunde Adefioye, City Dramaturg at KVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg
Saturday 28 April at 10:00 - 10:45 (Porto, London, UTC +1) / 11:00 - 11:45 (Paris, Berlin, UTC +2) / 09:00 - 09:45 UTC +0
Whether it is the halls of Denmark, the festivals of Belgium or streets of Edinburgh, urgent and collective action needs to be taken. As Paul Gilroy, a leading thinker on race and racism, suggests, we need to take sober actions to remove ourselves from the stupor of postcolonial melancholia. It is also tiring to continue to deny the role of racism as a way of propping up the fantasy of white innocence in many structures. This speech is a call to broaden our canon and continue making transnational alliances in an effort to make institutions better reflect the differences in society, which will ultimately benefit the cultural (and other professional) sectors.
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