Closing Panel: Southeast Asian Arts and Artists on the Global Stage

Venue: Room D202, Regent’s University, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS

Date: 13 December 2015

Time: 2-3:30 pm

How has the visibility and aurality of Asia and Asian performers on stage in Britain and elsewhere developed in recent years? What is the contemporary experience of artists and audiences? From outdated but persistent orientalism and stagings that regularly put performers in “yellowface” make-up to the visibility of different art forms this panel is going to explore the boundaries and potentials of SEA arts on the global stage. Dr Broderick Chow and Professor Matthew Cohen meet with Professor Mark Hobart and members of SEA ArtsFest to discuss.

Dr Broderick Chow is an artist-scholar with experience in numerous fields of the performing arts. He has been an actor, stand-up comedian, performer, writer, director and song-and-dance man. Through his Filipinos heritage he has a strong interest in British East Asian theatre and transnational performance.

Professor Matthew Isaac Cohen is a scholar of Southeast Asian performing arts and puppet theatres around the world as well as dalang (puppeteer). His research examines tradition in modernity, the emergence of new artistic forms and practices in culturally complex sites, representations of alterity and transnational performances.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.