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2019 AAP Annual Conference Schedule

Updated: Aug 6, 2019



We look forward to seeing everything this August in Orlando! Please find the schedule for this year's conference below, and you can now register for the conference online by clicking here.



Association for Asian Performance

Annual Conference 2019

August 6-August 7, 2019

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

1 Grand Cypress Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836


Tuesday August 6, 2019

10:30am Registration


10:45am Welcome!

Jennifer Goodlander, AAP President


11:00am-12:30pm Session #1

Organized Panel: Puppets, Politics, Religion in Post-Traditional Asia

Organizer and Chair: Kathy Foley (University of California, Santa Cruz)


"Puppets, Islam, and Yogyakarta: An Ethnography of Ramadan"

Jennifer Goodlander (Indiana University)


"Korean Traditional Puppetry’s New Satire in SaniNeomeo’s Bak Cheomji Returns and Eumma Gaengkkaeng’s Kkokdu, Around the World in Eighty Days"

Kyounghye Kwon (University of North Georgia)


"Shakespeare in Indian Puppetry: Haider, Puppets and Kashmir"

Kathy Foley (University of California, Santa Cruz)


"Triadic Interplay: Transforming Narrative into Balinese Wayang"

I Nyoman Sedana (Institut Seni Indonesia-Denpasar)



12:30-1:45pm Lunch Break


1:45-3:00pm Session #2

Collage Panel: History, Politics, and Chinese Theatre

Chair: Iris H. Tuan (National Chiao Tung University)


"From 1945 to 1972: The Role of Politics in The White-Haired Girl"

Huihui Huang (Indiana University)


"Disentangling Cultural Exchange in Hong Kong Through The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci"

Whit Emerson (Indiana University)


"Convergent Transnationalisms: Leftist Dance Networks in Cold War East Asia"

Emily Wilcox (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)


3:15-4:30pm Session #3

Collage Panel: Adapting Tradition in Asian Theatre

Chair: David Jortner (Baylor University)


"The Conscience Man of Jatra: A Conversation with Sheikh Madhusudan to Exemplify Jatra’s Hybrid Identity Formation"

Jashodhara Sen (University of Colorado, Boulder)


"Alkap, A Ritualistic Folk Drama: Signature Art of Bengal"

Atasi Nanda Goswami (Centre for Knowledge Ideas & Development Studies, Kolkata)


"Kathakali Immersion, The Artistic Impact on Today Contemporary Creation in the West"

Sylvie Belleau (Université Laval)


“Breaking Noh: Ishimure Michiko’s Shiranui as Activism Against Tradition”

Sara Newsome (University of California, Irvine)


4:30-6pm Session #4: WORKSHOP on “Balinese Performance: Balancing World-Nature-Culture Through Dance Training and Spiritual Preparation”

Organizer/Workshop Leader: I Nyoman Sedana, Ph.D. (Professor at the Indonesian Art Institute and Director of Bali Module and PEPADI Bali)


7pm SCHMOOZEFEST


9pm Grad Student Social Hour


Wednesday August 7, 2019

8:30-9:30am Session #5

Collage Panel: Gender and the Body in Chinese Theatre

Chair: Emily Wilcox (University of Michigan)


“The Interweave of Representation and Reality: Male Impersonators in Beijing Opera”

Yun-Pu Yang (University of California, Los Angeles)


“Representing Disability in Xiqu: an Examine to Dwarf Wang Ying”

Yuning Liu (University of British Columbia)


“The Corporeal Turn of Malaysian Chinese Literary Theatre in Taiwan”

Fan-Ting Cheng (National Taiwan University)



9:30am-11:00am Session #6

Organized Panel: Interrogating Agency and Representation in Liminal Spaces

Chair: Jashodhara Sen (University of Colorado, Boulder)


"Erasure vs. Appropriation: Teaching Global Theatre at PWIs"

Sarah Johnson (Texas Tech University)


"Performing paribartan– ‘Scene Changes’ Reflecting Simultaneous Westernization and Indignenization in Contemporary Kolkata"

Sukanya Chakrabarti (San Francisco State University)


"Tantidhatri Festival, Networking East and West Through Performing Arts"

Sylvie Belleau (Université Laval)


"Hakka Theatre: Roseki TV drama"

Iris H. Tuan (National Chiao Tung University)


11:00am-12:00pm AAP Membership Meeting


12:00-1:45 Lunch Break / Grad Student Brown Bag Lunch


1:45-3:15pm Session #7

Emerging Scholars Panel

Chair: Arnab Banerji (Loyola Marymount University)


"Cultural Anxiety and the Reconstruction of the Tradition of Classical Chinese Theatre in the Early Twentieth Century"

Chao Guo


"Rhythmic Tendencies in the Choreographies of Dairakudakan’s Muramatsu Takuya"

Sebastian Semur


“An Island of Death”: Homo Sacer and Ungrievable Deaths

Yuh J. Hwang



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Wednesday August 7, 2019

3:30-5:00pm ATJ Lecture

“All the Sanskrit I’ve Forgotten and All the Hindi I Couldn’t Learn: Circling Performance and Religion in India.”

David Mason (Rhodes College)


3:30-5:00pm Sociology of Dictator Movement in Multimedia Theater

LOCATION: Grand Cypress I FOCUS GROUP(S): Performance Studies (PSFG), Association for Asian Performance (AAP) DESCRIPTION: It is a PhD thesis which incorporates and analyzes multimedia theater and its connotation with social dictatorship movements. SPEAKERS: Session Coordinator: Moein Mohebalian, Theater educator Moderator and Presenter: Golnaz Asldini, Theater director


Thursday August 8, 2019

Kathy Foley is a Professor of Theatre at the University of California, Santa Cruz and has taught at University of Malaya, University of Hawaii, Yonsei University (Seoul), and Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok) and served as college provost for three of UCSC’s residential colleges (Porter, Kresge, and Merrill). She runs the UCSC ArtBridge program, sending students to teach arts in K-12 classrooms. She is President of UNIMA-USA and serves on the UNIMA-International Research and Publications Commissions working on UNIMA’s online World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts. She was editor of Asian Theatre Journal from 2005-2018. Her articles have appeared in TDR, Modern Drama, Asian Theatre Journal, Puppetry International, and other journals and books. She was one of the first non-Indonesian invited to perform in the prestigious all Indonesia National Wayang Puppetry Festival and has performed as a dalang of wayang golek sunda (rod puppetry of West Java) at venues such as the Smithsonian, Harvard, UCLA, and other venues. She has directed western theatre as well as many Indonesian dance dramas at UCSC. She curated multiple touring exhibitions of puppets and masks of South, Southeast Asia, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia at sites like Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta), the East-West Center (Honolulu), the National Geographic Society (Washington), etc. She is an advisor to the Society of Asian Arts of the Asian Art Museum (SF) and her work has been supported by grants, including Fulbright, Asian Cultural Council, Institute for Sacred Music (Yale), World Wood Foundation, UCSC Committee on Research and Arts Research Institute, and others. She is also a Punch and Judy professor.


Selection Committee: CHAIR: Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Wayne State University Shelby Lunderman, University of Washington John Michael Sefel, The Ohio State University Jennifer Goff, Centre College Julia Moriarty, Wayne State University




4:00-5:30pm Change of Scene: Noh and the West

LOCATION: Regency 8 FOCUS GROUP(S): Theatre History (TH), Association for Asian Performance (AAP) DESCRIPTION: This panel addresses three different manifestations of Noh’s reception in and impact on the West, from the 19th century through the 1970s. SPEAKER(S): Moderator, Presenter, and Session Coordinator: Richard Jones, Stephen F. Austin State University

Ulick O’Connor’s “Extremely Modern” Form: Noh or No? Presenter: David Jortner, Baylor University

Lost in Transmission: Noh Theatre and the West, 1868-1921 Presenter: Steffen Silvis, University of Wisconsin, Madison

An America Noh: Ezra Pound’s impact on the Midwest’s Little Magazines and Little Theatres


Friday August 9, 2019

3:45-5:15pm Practice and Change in Asia


Theatre and performance capture moments of change in society –that change is often represented both in the ways and means of production together with the content. This panel proposes to gather papers of how theatre artists are responding to changes in the world around them through rethinking their approaches to theatre as an art. In “The American Dream” and Malaysia: International Aspirations in the play Thicker Than Water” Jennifer Goodlander looks at the work of Malaysian duo TerryandTheCuz. Diaspora, identity, and the production of culture emerge as key elements to understand the ever-increasing global theatre circuit and the commodity of the “American Dream.” Weiyu Li looks at the performance of “My Mother” by butoh-artist Kazuo Ohno. By inviting this ghost of Japan’s past on stage, Ohno returns cultural agency to Japan’s by reclaiming and surpassing Western perceptions of the “exotic” East. Li argues that Ohno’s performance acts as an anomalous structure that makes radical use of the East/West binary. Kristen D. Rudisill’s paper “Gaana Peter Pan: The Canadian Tamil Youth Association’s Resistance to Growing Up Thaalam” examines how the Ultimate Gaana Competition in Toronto has been using the story of Peter Pan. Her paper looks at the current moment in Canada to think about why this story is connecting so well with the globalized Tamil youth community in Toronto.


Saturday August 10, 2019

8:00-9:30am Beyond Fidelity: Scripting, Re-turning, and Queering Canonized Theaters against Changing Cultural Scenes LOCATION: Poinciana CD FOCUS GROUP(S): Association for Asian Performance (AAP)

DESCRIPTION: This panel examines the science, art, and act of adapting canonized theatres against the changing stage and cultural scenes in contemporary Taiwan and Shanghai. SPEAKER(S): Presenter and Session Coordinator: Man He, Williams College “This is Not Plagiarism”: The Spectatorial Empowerment in Hong Shen’s Yama


CONCURRENT SESSIONS SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2019 148 SCENE CHANGES: PERFORMING, TEACHING, AND WORKING THROUGH THE TRANSITIONS | ATHE 2019 | AUG 7-11 | ORLANDO FL Zhao (1922) Presenter: Ivy (I-Chu) Chang, National ChiaoTung University Changing Scenes in Queer Cultural Flow: Queering A Streetcar Named Desire in Taiwan’s Theater Presenter: Ya-Hsuan Lo, National Taiwan University Inheritance and Adaptation: The Reconstructed Performance of The Story of Jade Hairpin by Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe





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