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Performance Studies International Conference


This year Singapore plays host to Perform: State: Interrogate: the tenth annual conference of Performance Studies international taking place at Singapore Management University (Bukit Timah Campus) from 15th - 18th June 2004.

It will be the first such conference to take place in the Asian region, and promises to be an event of some significance: providing a snapshot of Performance Studies discourse within the region and beyond, and articulating future avenues and modes of research in this fast-growing field of enquiry.

The conference is being organised by a consortium of Singapore-based researchers, scholars and practitioners. Participants will be coming from China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The 10th annual conference of Performance Studies international - Perform: State: Interrogate: - will bring together a diverse range of theorists, scholars, artists and activists to debate the wide range of themes, practices, and academic disciplines that constitute the emerging field of Performance Studies in the Asian region and beyond.

The conference will address intersections between tradition, translation, globalisation, and performance practices in theatre, ritual, spectacle, commerce and propaganda. Featured speakers include Goenawan Mohamed, Peggy Phelan, Ong Keng Sen, Leow Puay Tin, Jon McKenzie, Krishen Jit, Trinh T. Min-ha, and Arif Dirlik.

There will be a number of other events taking place at the time of the conference, including a reception, party, performance art presentations, and a specially commissioned series of ‘Performance tours’ of Singapore.

The conference is running at the same time as the Singapore Arts Festival, and there will be a number of events of particular interest to participants, including a North Malaysian Manora performance and theatre and dance pieces by Golden Bough (Taiwan), TheatreWorks (Singapore) and others.

For more information on the conference, visit, which will be updated regularly with information on the venue, accommodation options, programme and schedule. The website will also feature a Bulletin where the main themes of the conference will be discussed and developed.




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12 May 2004