Showcase 2014: KindlingKindling 2014
From the student online dictionary
Main Entry: kin-dle
Inflected Form(s): kin-dled; kin-dling
1 : to set on fire or take fire : LIGHT
2 : to stir up : EXCITE [trying to kindle their interest]
Pushing the Boundaries of Performing Arts for Young Audiences
kindling is an exploration, celebration and illumination of artists, individuals and creative organizations pushing the boundaries of performing arts for young audiences.
kindling is a curated program examining and highlighting exemplary creativity and innovation that raises above common practice and aspires to spark inspirational wildfire throughout the creative community.
kindling will provide an opportunity for the IPAY membership and community to intersect with big ideas, ongoing dialogue and artistic exploration not currently being investigated on a national platform in North America.
kindling intends to inspire IPAY members to ignite their own local creative revolutions through their involvement in deconstructing global innovation.
kindling 2014 starting point...
IPAY believes in the transformative power of the arts and in its capacity to positively affect the development and wellbeing of young people. IPAY believes that young people have the right to participate and engage in innovative, provocative and relevant performing arts created specifically for them as an audience now. They are more than future subscribers and patrons. They are citizens within our community and have a right to be heard and a responsibility to share their voice.
Given this, how do we embody, acknowledge encourage and consider this young person's voice in what we do? How is the young person present in your process, whether you create, present, produce or promote?
Where is our audience now?
Wednesday: 2:30–4:15 pm
August Wilson Center Theater
Introduction: Boomer Stacey, ED, IPAY, Toronto, Canada
How to Be Alone – Dance performance by Hege Haagenrud, Oslo, Norway
More Than a Bum in a Seat – Where is our Audience Now?
Our invited guests represent global perspectives on "Where is Our Audience Now?" If we truly consider what we do to be intrinsically important to the lives of young people, then how do we intentionally incorporate this into our roles and responsibilities as artists, producers, agents, presenters, and educators? Our guests will provide a glimpse into their own experience, which will be shared in greater detail in sessions throughout the week. How do they each respond to this provocation? How is a young person’s perspective embodied in what they do? What does it mean to authentically engage young people as co-creators? Your participation as an audience with your own perspective and questions is encouraged.
Moderator: Tony Reekie, CEO, Imaginate, Edinburgh, Scotland
Guests: Andy Packer, AD, Slingsby, Adelaide, Australia; Johanna Figl, Leader, Trip the Light Fantastic, Vienna, Austria; Joke Laureyns, AD, Kabinet K, Ghent, Belgium; Hege Haagenrud, choreographer, Oslo, Norway; Henrik Kohler, Leader, Teatercentrum, Copenhagen, Denmark; Purni Morell, AD, Unicorn Theatre, London, England; Gerhard Verfaillie, AD, Krokus Festival, Hassalt, Belgium; Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Associate Director of Artistic Programming, New Victory Theater, New York / AD, Trusty Sidekick, NY, USA; Boomer Stacey, ED, IPAY, Philadelphia, USA.
Thursday: 10:15–11:30 am
Harris Theater — Theater sponsorship by TreeTop Artists
"For, By and About" – A "Down Under" Perspective
For more than five years, the IPAY community has had the opportunity to experience a broad perspective of art for young audiences created by Australian artists, many of which have resulted in Victor Award winning performances. Join three Australian Artistic Directors as they discuss they own perspective on the creative process and what their opinions are on the subject of creating art "for, by and about" young people.
Moderator: Mary Rose Lloyd, Director of Artistic Programming, New Victory Theater, NY, USA.
Guests: Dave Brown, AD, Patch Theatre, Adelaide, Australia; Andy Packer, AD, Slingsby, Adelaide, Australia; Sam Routledge, AD, Terrapin Puppet Theatre Company, Hobart, Australia.
Arcade Comedy Theater
"Audience Now" and the Creative Process – Creating, Curating and Presenting Art for Young Audiences
Performing arts for young audiences is perhaps the only art form that overtly identifies its intended audience. This implies importance and intentionality in considering young people as the audience in how they will experience the end product of the creative process. Our guest artists will provide perspectives on how or why young people are considered in determining the importance of narratives and their presentation. Questions that will be explored include: Why create work specifically for young audiences? How is work made to be relevant and important to a young audience? How are young people and their voices present within development? How are presenters considering their audience and community in curating for schools, families and young people?
Moderator: Boomer Stacey, ED, IPAY, Philadelphia, USA.
Guests: Dan Zanes, artist, NY, USA; Purni Morell, AD, Unicorn Theatre, London, England; Joke Laureyns, AD, Kabinet K, Ghent, Belgium; Gerhard Verfaillie, AD, Krokus Festival; Hege Haagenrud, Choreographer, Oslo, Norway; Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Associate Director of Artistic Programming, New Victory Theatre, NY / AD, Trusty Sidekick, NY, USA.
Friday: 10:30–11:45 am
Harris Theater — Theater sponsorship by TreeTop Artists
Standing Behind What's Out in Front – Opportunities for Engaging Young Audiences
The keyword in audience development in the arts today is "engagement". So how does a presenting house or a venue create genuine engagement with an audience that is usually under the watch of adults by way of teachers, parents and caregivers? What opportunities exist for creative organizations that are interested in forming a direct connection with young people? Our global guests provide proven examples and ideas that have been created with this connection in mind. Hear how these organizations have intentionally devised means to ensure that young people, and particularly teens, be directly involved and have their voice heard.
To ground the conversation in an example, the Danish program, "Kulture Krew" will be examined. In operation at over 100 Danish schools, Kulture Krew enables students to be the primary curators of TYA that will tour to their schools each season.
Moderator: MK Barley-Jenkins, Managing Director, Programming and Production, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, USA
Guests: Henrik Kohler, Leader, Teatercentrum, Copenhagen, Denmark; Purni Morell, AD, Unicorn Theatre, London, England; Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Associate Director of Artistic Programming, New Victory Theatre, NY / AD, Trusty Sidekick, NY, USA.
Arcade Comedy Theater
The Artist Who Went to Australia and Almost Never Came Back – The Colleen Toohey Porter Kindling Residency
In December 2013, Susanna Hamnett, recipient of the inaugural Colleen Toohey Porter Kindling Residency Award travelled halfway around to world to spend time participating, observing and interacting with selected Australian artists. Part of Susanna's mission was to observe and absorb the diverse ways in which these artists either physically or metaphorically bring young people into the creative development process. Susanna and representatives from the companies will provide insight into what was discovered within this open exploration and sharing.
Moderator: Dougie Irvine, AD, Visible Fictions, Glasgow, Scotland.
Guests: Susanna Hamnett, Artist / Colleen Toohey Porter Kindling Resident Artist 2014, Toronto, Canada; Andy Packer, AD, Slingsby, Adelaide, Australia; Dave Brown, AD, Patch Theatre, Adelaide, Australia; Sam Routledge, AD, Terrapin Puppet Theatre Company, Hobart, Australia.
Bricolage Production Company
"Scene and Heard": Aesthetic Structure, Youth Voice
Join artists and instructors in a participatory workshop that models successful engagement in an art form while encouraging the authentic voices of young people in the artistic process. Participants will experience two mini-lessons followed by a reflection on the elements of the lessons and the instructional style. They will discuss how both lessons create a structure for success in an art form while simultaneously making space for personal expression.
Moderator: Ana Maria Alvarez, AD, Contra Tiempo, Los Angeles, USA.
Saturday: 11 am–12:15 pm
Cultural Trust Arts Education Center — 4th Floor
Creating a Personal Professional Mantra for Working with Young People
How does your organizational mission put young people at the heart of what you do? While most of us are powerless to change the mandate of our employers, we do have the capacity to create a personal mantra that will guide us in how we work for and how we work with young people. This session is a collaborative, participatory process of creating such a mantra.
Moderators: Jenn Hartmann Luck, Education and Outreach Director, Paramount Theater, Austin, USA; Ray Gargano, Director of Programming and Community Engagement, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, USA.
Cultural Trust Arts Education Center — 3rd Floor
Critical Response Process – O Snap! [arch8, Nederlands]
Young audiences have something to say about the artistic work that they see. Often, despite our best intentions, we set up conversations that either lead to prescribed outcomes or cut conversations short by asking how people "liked" an artistic experience. Critical Response is a tool to facilitate deep dialogue with all audiences that moves beyond these surface-level conversations of taste to the richer conversation of impact, simultaneously making space for all voices in the room. Participants in this session will be guided through this process, responding to the performance of O Snap!
Moderators: Shelley Quiala, Director of Arts Education and Engagement, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Erik Kaiel, AD, arch8 and Choreographer, O Snap!, Nederlands.
Arcade Comedy Theater
Act Your Age – Sharing the Stage with Young People...
Professional productions with young people as collaborating artistic voice and/or performer sharing the stage with professional adult artists has taken ground as an artistic movement in Europe and is on the rise around the world. This dialogue will focus on the topic from the perspective of an artist/choreographer, festival presenter and producer/presenter working in and around the current Flemish creative scene for young audiences.
Moderator: Gerhard Verfaillie, AD, Krokus Festival, Hassalt, Belgium.
Guests: Joke Laureyns, AD, *Kabinet K, Ghent, Belgium; Johanna Figl, Leader, Trip the Light Fantastic, Vienna, Austria; Hege Haagenrud, Choreographer, Oslo, Norway.
Cultural Trust Arts Education Center — Peirce Studio
The Kitchen Table
In Kindling 2013, we discussed the idea of the kitchen table as the place, either real or metaphorical, that we come together in a social and communal spirit to share ideas, questions, observations and our personal beliefs. In this session, we will share what we have learned, what has inspired us, and what we want to celebrate that is relevant to the topic of the moment.
Join us for this Kindling Kitchen Table gathering to share relevant ideas from your own experience and to discuss ways in which you have been inspired to think differently about what you do and how you do it.