Artist-Researchers: Archiving Legacies for the Next Generation

Dr Liang Peilin, Singapore Theatre for Young Audience Researchers, Dr Norifumi Hida

Context of Discussion: Young Adults (Ages 17 and up)

These papers offer insights into the work and methodologies which pioneering artist-researchers are breaking ground with in documentation and knowledge production. Join in the discussion of the impact their work is having on drama education and practice today. 

+ Paper: A Home on the Island: Performance as Research in Applied Theatre by Dr Liang Peilin (Singapore)

"A Home on the Island" is a Performance as Research (PaR) project in applied theatre launched in 2015. The project is conceptualised as a platform for cross-border encounters that investigate global issues from local perspectives. By proposing applied theatre as a form of embodied research methodology, the project interrogates the condition of knowledge production in the field. In the presentation, Dr Liang Peilin will address the training of future artist-researcher-pedagogues in Asia as well as the integration of theory and practice in applied theatre.

+ Paper: Approaches to Research: A stYar Perspective by Singapore Theatre for Young Audience Researchers (Singapore)

The presentation shares the ongoing research of the stYar collective, which is focused on mapping the historical development of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in Singapore against the larger national narrative and policies in education and the arts. Concurrently, stYar is carrying out (up till the first half of 2017) initial-stage surveys with the general public on their personal memories of TYA. stYar will thus share its experiences relating to the process as well as analysis of its research thus far, and comment on any implications for the TYA scene and wider performing arts field in Singapore.

 Topic of Interest: #performance #research #documentation #policies

+ Paper: The Development of Applied Theatre in Japan in the 21st Century by Dr Norifumi Hida (Japan)

Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Agency for Cultural Affairs have introduced various educational and cultural policies since 2000 – e.g. ‘Period for Integrated Studies’, ‘Communication Education’, ‘Japan Vision 2020’, ‘Revitalizing the Local Community by Using Cultural Heritage’, ‘Initiative for Cultural and Artistic Creation and Dissemination’ and others. Following these policies, Japanese drama educators and theatre practitioners have developed unique theatrical activities and performances (e.g. Dramacation, Engeki Quest). In his presentation, Dr Norifumi Hida will look at some of these policies and unpack how they have influenced and expanded the field of applied theatre in Japan.

Topic of Interest: #community #appliedtheatre #policies


Dr Liang Peilin is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at National University of Singapore. Her research interests include applied theatre, performance, pedagogy, intercultural theatre and the performative body. She has published with Performance Research, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Research in Drama Education and Theatre Research International.

Singapore Theatre for Young Audiences Researchers (stYar) are committed to engaging with research, discourse and documentation on TYA in Singapore. The research aims, in part, to serve as a starting point for meaningful dialogues leading to the creation of quality works of art and imaginative environments for young people.

Norifumi Hida, PhD is a Research Associate at the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Japan. He conducts research on theatre for young audiences, youth theatre, as well as drama and theatre education in Japan and other countries. He also teaches theatre theories at Toho Gakuen College, and English language through drama and theatre at Seisen University. He is on the Editorial Board of ‘ArtsPraxis’ at New York University in the U.S.A; International Advisor of Theatre for Young Audiences Centre at Rose Bruford College in the U.K.; and Board Member of the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, ASSITEJ.

Recommended for:
Artists, Researchers, Academics, Students

01 Jul 2017

1000 to 1130


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