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ReOrient Forum

A two-day gathering of theatre artists and field specialists engaging in discussions about Middle Eastern-American Theatre, Internet conferencing with theatre artists in the Middle East, and an original play interactively performed in San Francisco and Cairo via the Internet. In addition, Golden Thread is proud to showcase the best of Bay Area Middle Eastern Performing Arts by featuring performances by Ballet Afsaneh and Aswat Bay Area Arabic Choir.

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Forum Schedule

at the Artaud

Day 1 - Saturday, December 5

9:00am - Registration

10:00am – Welcome & Keynote Address

Placing the Middle East Center Stage in America
Keynote speaker: Dr. Holly Hill, editor,” Salaam/Peace, An Anthology of Middle Eastern-American Plays” TCG, 2009.

Introducing Adriana Sevahn Nichols, Distinguished Playwright, Middle East America Initiative
Night Over Erzinga, an Armenian woman’s journey of discovery
Introduced by Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director, Silk Road Theatre Project

11:30am - Internet Conferencing Session
Our Global Community: Reaching professional theatre artists in the Middle East

The Review
Internet Play Performance & Talkback with Yussef El Guindi in Cairo

2:30pm – Panel Discussion
Permission to Represent & Transform: New Play Development in the Age of Identity Politics
Participants: Motti Lerner (playwright), Denmo Ibrahim & Evren Odcikin (playwright & director), Adriana Sevahn Nichols (playwright)

4:00pm - Concert *
ASWAT Bay Area Arab Music Ensemble
Established in the year 2000, ASWAT is dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting Arab American’s cultural heritage through music and art. ASWAT trains both Arab and American musicians and singers in folkloric, classical, and contemporary Arabic music. www.ZAWAYA.org

 

Day 2 - Sunday, December 6, 10 am – 11 pm

10:00am – Panel Discussion
Theatre and Peace-building
Chair: Roberto Varea, USF Theatre & Social Justice Program
Participants: Catherine Filloux (Playwright, Theatre Without Borders), Motti Lerner (Playwright), Hafiz Karmali (Director)

11:30am - Internet Conferencing Session
Our Global Community: Reaching professional theatre artists in the Middle East

The Review
Internet Play Performance & Talkback with Yussef El Guindi in Cairo

1:30pm – Panel Discussion
Intercultural Artistic Exchange: Obstacles & Opportunities
Participants: Lisa Schlesinger (Playwright), Iman Aoun (Playwright), Hyesun Shin

2:30pm - Performance*
Afsaneh Art & Culture Society
Ballet Afsaneh has received critical acclaim for presenting the dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road. Their contemporary work melds ancient art forms with modern dance and theater with a unique and richly imagistic approach. www.dancesilkroad.org/

7:30-1pm – Dance Party*
ReOrient Birthday Bash at the Artaud
DJ & Cash Bar

All sessions are one hour in length.
* Indicates that a ticket is required for this session/event.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director / Serge Bakalian, Managing Director
450 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 / 415.626.4061 / information@goldenthread.org