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2022 AAP Annual Conference Schedule

Updated: Jul 13



Association for Asian Performance Annual Conference 2022

Detroit, Michigan Wednesday July 27, 2022


8:00am Registration Desk Open on the 5th Floor outside of LaSalle

8:00-8:40am Breakfast and Coffee Available in Marquette

8:15-9:10am AAP Board Meeting (LaSalle B)

9:15am Welcome Remarks (LaSalle A)

  • Xing Fan, AAP President


9:30-10:45am Session 1

Panel 1 (LaSalle A)

Moderator: Kevin Wetmore

  • “Casting a Tea Spell: Staging Tea, Buddhism, and Desire,” Eason Lu (Columbia University)

  • “Rewriting the Ghost in Kabuki: Altering the Supernatural Narrative & Performance of Kaidan-mono,” Jennifer Yoo (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

  • “Performing the Ghost Island: The Hauntology of The Apocalypse of Fudingjin from the "Kau-Puê" Perspective,” An-Ru Chu (University of California, Irvine)

Panel 2 (LaSalle B)

Moderator: Emily Wilcox

  • “New Red Classics: Non-fictional Nostalgia in Fudeli,” Tianding He (UC Irvine and UC San Diego)

  • “The Birth of Revue in Modern China —Li Jinhui and The Bright Moon Ensemble in the 1920s,” Zhiwen Gong (The University of Michigan)

  • “We Share Bodies: Transgenerational Embodiment of Female Experiences in Chinese Performing Arts,” Zhen Cheng (Cornell University)

11:00-12:15pm Session 2

Panel 1 (LaSalle A)

Moderator: Amanda Culp

  • “Mis-stepped Encounter: the American Dance Festival and the Rebirth of Modern Dance in China,” Fangfei Miao (University of Michigan)

  • “Performing Precarity: The Exhausted and Risk-Taking Physicality of Gu Jiani’s Exit," Yujie Chen (The Ohio State University)

  • “Tracing the Singularity of Nonhuman in Shen Wei's Folding and Near the Terrace,” Menghang Wu (The Ohio State University)

Panel 2 (LaSalle B)

Moderator: Siyuan Liu

  • “Yamaguchi Sagi kyōgen: Acquiring Cultural Significance through furusato,” Alex Rogals (Hunter College)

  • “English-language Theatre in Singapore, Summer 1844,” Chelsea Curto (Baylor University)

  • “Riad Ismat’s “Was Dinner Good, Dear Sister?” and the Politics of Arabic Theatre of the Absurd in Syria,” Suzi Elnaggar (Baylor University)

12:15-1:15pm Lunch (enjoy lunch on your own!)


1:30-2:45pm Session 3

Panel (LaSalle A)

Moderator: Tarryn Chun

  • “Reconfiguring the Backstage: Another Approach to Professionalize Modern Chinese Theatre,” Man He (Williams College)

  • “Political Adversity and Artistic Creativity—The Case of China’s Pingju (Ping Opera) Star Xin Fengxia,” Siyuan Liu (University of British Columbia)

  • “Criticism in an Ode: Revisiting Stories in Xijing,” Xing Fan (University of Toronto)

3:00-4:15pm Session 4

Organized Panel (LaSalle A): In-between the Theatre of Language and the Language of Theatre Moderator: Jyana Browne

  • “Reimagining Red Oleanders for the University Today,” Arnab Banerji (Loyola Marymount University)

  • “Democracy, Corruption, and Citizenship: Lessons from Cho Ramasamy,” Kristen Rudisill (Bowling Green State University)

  • “Cultural Maintenance and Brojendra Kumar Dey’s Noti Binodini in the American Classroom,” Jashodhara Sen (University of Florida)

4:15-4:30pm Coffee Break (Marquette B)


4:30-5:45pm Workshop: Anti-Racism in Research & Creative Practice Part II: Reflecting and Moving Forward (Lasalle A) Organizers: AAP Anti-Racism Committee (Jyana Browne, Tarryn Li-Min Chun, Amanda Culp, Freda Fiala, Ellen Gerdes, Katherine Mezur, Jashodhara Sen)


6:00-7:15pm Session 5

Emerging Scholars Panel (LaSalle A)

Moderator: Jashodhara Sen


  • "Enduring Performance, Representing Remains," Sharvari Sastry (The Drama School, Mumbai and University of Edinburgh)

  • “One Opera, Two Nationalisms”: Negotiating Hong Kong Identity and Chinese Nationalism in Cantonese Opera," Priscilla Tse (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts)

  • "Expressionistic Vision Beyond the Horizon of History: Theatricality of Bai Wei’s Rarely Staged Scripts," Zhixuan Zhu (City University of New York)

7:30-9:00pm Schmoozefest at Midtown Shangri-La (4710 Cass Ave, Detroit, 48201) *Meet in hotel lobby to Uber to restaurant*




AAP @ ATHE

Thursday July 28-Sunday July 31, 2022

This year’s AAP programming for ATHE includes ten in-person sessions, one virtual session, and a variety of networking events for AAP grad students. We hope you will join us!


Thursday, July 28, 2022


8:30-10:00am Panel: Performing Possibility in East Asia: Bodies as Sites of Creative Imagining

  • “Walking into Democracy: Modern Dance and Fashion Modeling in Occupation Japan,”Tara Rodman (University of California, Irvine)

  • “Dancing Inter-Racial Solidarity: Embodied Critiques of US Anti-Black Racism and Police Violence in the Chinese Dance Drama Fires of Fury are Burning (1964),” Emily Wilcox (College of William & Mary)

  • “Rehearsing Virtual Corporeality: The Presence and the Absence of Physical Embodiment in Edward Lam’s An Invitation: On Empty Theatre (2020),” Po-Hsien Chu (University of Pittsburgh) [Presented posthumously by Yizhou Huang (St. Louis University)]


1:00-2:30 pm. AAP Welcome Event Join members of the Association for Asian Performance (AAP) to learn about our Focus Group and network with colleagues. All are welcome!


3:00-4:30pm Panel: Challenging the Nation: Embodied Memory in South Asian Theatre and Performance

Co-Sponsored by Theory and Criticism

Discussant: Aparna Dharwadker (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • “Embodying Memories about/against National Nostalgias: Bandu Manamperi’s Performance Art in the Sri Lankan Post-War Era,” Sandamini Ranwalage (Miami University)

  • “Rustom Bharucha's Black Shakuntala: Staging a Sanskrit Heroine in Heggodu,” Amanda Culp (Vassar College)

  • “Non-Violence, Subaltern Crisis, and a Muslim rebel: Utpal Dutt’s Political Plays and the Rise of Militant Fascism in India,” Arnab Banerji (Loyola Marymount University

  • “Rehearsing Chandala: Embodying Intercaste Love in Janani’s Juliet,” Rini Tarafder (University of Wisconsin- Madison)



5:00-6:30pm Roundtable: Horrific Potential: Integrating Horror into Theatre Practice and Pedagogy

Co-Sponsored by Theory and Criticism


  • Jane Barnette (University of Kansas)

  • Meredith Conti (State University of New York, Buffalo)

  • Anterior Leverett (Independent Scholar)

  • Guillermo Aviles Rodriguez (California State University, Northridge)

  • Alex Rogals (Hunter College)

  • Kevin Wetmore (Loyola Marymount University)

  • Justine Wiesinger (Bates College)

  • Jennifer Yoo (University of Hawaii at Manoa)


5:00-6:30pm Envisioning Antiracism: A Multi-Focus- Group Strategy Session Co-Sponsored by American Theatre and Drama, Black Theatre Network, and Latin, Indigenous, and the Americas

  • Arnab Banerji (Loyola Marymount University)

  • Jocelyn Buckner (Chapman University)

  • Veronda Carey (Oakton Community College)

  • Tarryn Chun (University of Notre Dame)

  • Courtney Elkin (Butler University)

  • Donatella Gallela (University of California, Riverside)



Friday, July 29, 2022

8:30-10:00am Panel: Reparative Fault Lines: Exposing US- Centrist Discourses through Asian Performance Studies

Co-sponsored by Performance Studies

  • “John Wong-Quincey’s Translational Metatheater: Rehearsing the Racial Possible in Yellowface Performance,” Annelise Finegan (New York University)

  • “Mis-stepped Encounter: Theorizing Sino-US Dance History as a Reparative Scholarly Act,” Fangfei Miao (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

  • “Rehearsing Utopia on Stage: Shinmyoung’s Rising People (1989) and Restorative Power of South Korean Theatre,” Hayana Kim (Northwestern University)

  • “Girl Terror: ‘Ornamental’ Acts of War in JPop and KPop,” Katherine Mezur (University of California, Berkeley)


1:30-3:00pm Panel: Immaterial Potential: Technology and/as Body in East Asian Performance

  • “Bodies of Wood, Flesh, and Light: Contemporary Technology in Traditional Japanese Theatre,” Jyana S. Browne (University of Maryland, College Park)

  • “Holograms, Drones, and Extra- Dimensionality: Staging Science Fiction through The Three-Body Problem,” Tarryn Chun (University of Notre Dame)

  • “Mediating the Physical and the Virtual: Phantom Bodies and Choreographic Gestures in Hayoun Kwon’s Participatory VR Performance,” Kyueun Kim (CUNY Graduate Center

  • “Staging Inbetweenness: The Use of Projections in the 2.5-Dimensional Play Hyper Projection Engeki “Haikyū!!” Karasuno, Revival (2016),” Zihui Lu (Southern University of Science and Technology)


3:30-5:00pm. Panel: Making Theatre in the Era of COVID-19: Experimentation and Acts of Solidarity in Asia and Asian Diaspora

  • “The Error is the Message: Political Intervention in The Plague,” Yizhou Huang (Saint Louis University)

  • “On The Island of Clam: Quarantine, Connection, and the Aesthetics of Disagreement,” Ruijiao Dong (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

  • “Performing in-between: Finding Alternative Spaces for Storytelling, Support, and Solidarity in the Theatre of South Asian Diaspora,” Sukanya Chakrabarti (San Francisco State University)



Saturday, July 30, 2022


10:00am-11:30am. Asian Theatre Journal Lecture We are pleased to welcome Aparna Dharwadker (University of Wisconsin-Madison) who will speak on: “Cosmo-Modernism, Multilingualism,and Theatre: India in a Global Frame”

Moderated by Xing Fan (University of Toronto)



Sunday, July 31, 2022

8:00-9:30am Roundtable: Mixed Asian Casting Co-Sponsored by Acting Presentations and Discussion with:

  • Amy Rebecca King (Southwestern University),

  • Reiko Aylesworth (Southern Methodist University)

  • Robert Torigoe (University of Hawai'i )



Addition Virtual Panel (Date and Time TBD): Rehearsing Against Terror: Coloniality/Postcoloniality in East Asia and the Futures of Collective Activism

  • "Puppetry and the Performative Reenactment of Taiwan: Collective Activism in Mediated Space," Chee-Hann Wu (University of California, Irvine)

  • "Performing Collective Activism in Modern Korea: Using Folk Aesthetics of Vitality and Sovereignty in Madangguk," Minwoo Park (University of California, Irvine)

  • “Another Way of Performing Collective Activism in Theatre: The Embodiment and Conflict Between Theatrical Aesthetics and Political Protest in A Century’s Dark Journey,” Yi-Ping Wu (Ming Chuan University, Taiwan)

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