Dramaturgs’ Meeting
What Changes When a Dramaturg Is Present?
Reflecting on Creative Practice, Process, and Research in Performance Making

In the field of performing arts in Japan, the work of dramaturgs has only recently gained recognition. We hope to clarify the significance of dramaturgs’ engagement in various contexts based on research and pass it on to the next generation. In March 2024, we are presenting the first-ever Dramaturgs’ Meeting in Japan, led by the leading dramaturgs in Japan and international stages. Through their lectures, seminars and workshops, which unravel their creative roles, participants will discover new ways of thinking and dialogue-driven creative practices and processes.


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Reservations Recommended
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●March 20, 2024 (Wednesday, Holiday)
Venue: Kyoto Art Theater Shunju-za Foyer
Admission: 1500 Yen, 1000 Yen for Students

14:30Doors Open
15:00Welcome & Opening Remarks
15:30 Opening Symposium
“What Changes When a Dramaturg Is Present? Reflecting on Creative Practice, Process, and Research in Performance Making”
15:30-16:45 Panel Presentations
- The Institutional Difference in Theatres in Japan, Asia and Canada
- A Case Study of Contemporary Ballet at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
- How Do We Institutionalise Dramaturgs in Public Theatres in Japan?
- What Are the Institutional Possibilities for Training Dramaturgs?
Panellists: Dr. Hikaru Okamoto, Dr. Nanako Nakajima, Kaku Nagashima, Dr. Pil Hansen, Dr. Yoshiji Yokoyama, Dr. Charlene Rajendran
Moderator: Dr. Fukiko Okada (Lecturer, Kyoto University of the Arts)
17:00Whole Group Discussion / Q&A

●March 21, 2024 (Thursday)
Lectures and Seminars by Dramaturgs
Venue: Kyoto Art Theater Shunju-za Foyer
Admission: 2000 Yen, 1500 Yen for Students

10:30Doors Open
11:00-11:45 Act 1: Dramaturgs Creating Context
Dr. Yoshiji Yokoyama “How to Deal with the Colonial Frameworks of Performing Arts as Dramaturgs in Asia?”
Moderator: Kaku Nagashima
Response: Dr. Charlene Rajendran
11:45-12:00Short Break
12:00-12:45 Act 2: Dramaturgs’ Questions
Dr. Charlene Rajendran “Precarious Appearances as Dramaturgs: Listening as Spaces of Questioning”
Moderator: Dr. Yoshiji Yokoyama
Response: Mihoko Watanabe
12:45-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-14:45 Act 3: Dramaturgs at Work
Kaku Nagashima “What Did a Dramaturg Do for Whom? (Case 1 and Case 2)”
Moderator: Dr. Naoyuki Niisato (Research Associate, Kyoto Performing Arts Center, Kyoto University of the Arts)
Response: Jun Tsutsui
14:45-15:00Short Break
15:00-15:45 Act 4: From Theory to Practice: Dramaturgs and Research
Dr. Pil Hansen “Dramaturgical Facilitation of Artistic Research and Ethics: Ways of (Un)Knowing Through Doing”
Moderator: Dr. Nanako Nakajima
Response: Ayaka Nakama
16:30-17:15 Act 5: Dramaturgs Reflecting on Creative Practice
Presentation by Dr. Hikaru Okamoto in dialogue with Teita Iwabuchi
“How Do We Exchange Creative Feedback?”
Moderator: Dr. Nanako Nakajima
17:15-17:30Short Break
17:30-18:15 Act 6: Somatic Presence of Dramaturgs
Presentation by Dr. Nanako Nakajima in dialogue with Koji Takabayashi
"A Silent Witness: Embodying the Dramaturg's Outside Eyes"
Moderator: Dr. Naoyuki Niisato
18:30 End
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●March 23, 2024 (Saturday)
Public Showing, Workshop by Dramaturgs
Venue: North Hall, ROHM Theater Kyoto
Admission: Free

14:45Doors Open
15:00-16:00Public Showing


This symposium was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP21K00131 and JP22K19979.


Special Thanks To:
NPO DANCE BOX, tapetum works

075-791-9144(Joint Usage & Joint Research Center, Kyoto University of the Arts)

Dramaturgs’ Meeting Pre-Event
●March 14, 2024 (Thursday)
Reading Pil Hansen’s Performance Generating Systems in Dance: Dramaturgy, Psychology, and Performativity
Venue: ArtTheater dB KOBE (NPO DANCE BOX)
Time: 13:00-16:00
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