Conference Title: Asia Pacific International Dance Conference
Conference Theme: Global and Local: Dance in Performance
Date: 8th – 10th July 2005
Convener and Organiser: Cultural Centre University of Malaya
Co-Organiser: Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, MyDance Alliance and World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific
Conference Site: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
The conference is open to public and interested individuals are invited to obtain the registration form from the APIDC Secretariat, Cultural Centre, University Malaya. The conference fee of RM400 includes a copy of the published monograph, coffee breaks, and tickets to the Malaysian Dance Festival 2005 Performances (showcase and evening performance) at the KLPAC. For more information, please call 7967 3458.
This conference will situate and position the Cultural Centre University of Malaya as the premier academic and scholarly centre for dance studies in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific Region as it is set to offer undergraduate dance degree program from 2005. The present post graduate dance degree program will also benefit tremendously with the convergence of dance scholars in the proposed international dance conference. The Cultural Centre has set a good precedent as a dance studies centre when it organised and convened the first local dance conference Diversity in Motion in 2003, which was co-organised by the Cultural Centre University of Malaya and MyDance Alliance as part of the Malaysian Dance Festival 2003 and the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific Annual General Meeting. A book containing all the papers presented in the 2003 conference was published by the Cultural Centre University of Malaya and has become an important resource material for dance studies in Malaysia.
The proposed international dance conference is aimed at internationalising dance studies in Malaysia pioneered by the Cultural Centre University of Malaya. It will also position the university as a regional centre for performance arts studies.
Objectives of Conference:
The Asia Pacific International Dance Conference is set to benchmark the standard of dance scholarship in the Asia Pacific region while enabling the Cultural Centre University of Malaya to become the centre for such discourses. It will also enabled the Cultural Centre to forge international linkages with international institution of higher learning in dance and the performing arts through the presence of international and local scholars in this conference who are members of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music), CORD (Congress on Research in Dance), WDA-AP (World Dance Alliance-Asia Pacific), SEM (Society for Ethnomusicology) and UNESCO.
The presence of an international interlocutor who is currently a Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at the Cultural Centre will generate interest amongst dance scholars to participate in this conference, hitherto, positioning the Cultural Centre as an international centre for dance studies. The interlocutor, Professor Dr. Mohd Anis Md Nor, is the current President of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific and heads an international dance organisation with a constituent that embraces the entire Asia Pacific region. He is also the current chair of the sub-study group for Dance Ritual Complexities within the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Ethnochoreology and a sub study group member of Dance Iconography that engages renowned ethnochoreologists at the international level. As an international advisory board member for IWAI (Islamic World Arts Initiative) of the prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for Islamic Arts, he is well connected to invite scholars to the international dance conference. As the curator of the said conference, he will be in the position to link the Cultural Centre University of Malaya to international dance organisations and other regional institutions of higher learning to achieve the objectives as mentioned above.
To situate and privilege the Cultural Centre as the premier information centre for dance studies in Southeast Asia, a monograph containing all the papers presented in this conference will be published ahead of the conference date and will be launched at the opening ceremony of the conference. The monograph, which will be edited by Professor Dr. Mohd Anis Md Nor and published by the Cultural Centre University of Malaya, will add to the previously published monographs on dance. The earlier monographs are Diversity in Motion (2003), Asian Dance: Voice of the Millennium (2000) and Asia Pacific Dance Research Society Database (1999).
The convener of this conference would also wish to propose that this conference be included in the University of Malaya’s 100th Year Celebration in 2005.
Format of Conference:
The conference will run for three consecutive days from 09:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Conference participants will participate in the Malaysian Dance Festival 2005 by attending dance showcase performances from 16:30 hrs to 18:00 hrs at the Kuala Lumpur Performance Arts Centre (KLPAC) and attend dance performance by local and international collaborators at KLPAC from 20:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. All showcase and evening performances are to be organised by MyDance Alliance.
Three key note speakers will be invited to speak in a keynote panel. The key note addresses will set the thematic premise that frames the deliberations of the said conference.
There shall be panels presentation organised by the respective networks within the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific namely, panels on Education and Training, Creation and Presentation, Research and Documentation, Status and Welfare, and Management and Promotion. At least three paper presenters will be solicited from each of the five networks while several independent speakers will join as paper presenters.
All paper presenters will be given 20 minutes to deliver their papers and 10 minutes for Question and Answer session. Each session will run for 1 ½ hour and shall consist of three papers being presented consecutively for the total duration of 60 minutes and a Question and Answer section for the remaining 30 minutes. A moderator will be appointed amongst the paper presenters to moderate paper sessions.
Keynote Speakers and Paper Presenters
44 international and local paper presenters will be presenting their papers at this conference. Due to the overwhelming response to the conference announcement that was sent out in August 2004, the conference will be conducted in parallel sessions to accommodate all the speakers.
Professor Dr. Mohd Anis Md Nor
- “Global and Local: Research Trajectories in Dance Studies” (Malaysia; Professor Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology University Malaya)
Associate Professor Dr Cheryl Stock
- “Cocacolonisation of Difference: Homogenized Diversity” (Australia; Head of Dance, Queensland University of Technology)
- title to be announced (India: Writer and Critic of Performing Arts)
Dance Education: Policies, Politics and Pragmatics
Professor Susan Street - “Seizing the Moment” (Hong Kong: Head of Dance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts)
Ms. Anna C Y Chan - “Is Hong Kong ready? An imperative for dance education” (Hong Kong: Dance lecturer, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts)
Mr. Jeff Meiners - “Dance education policies and pragmatics” (Australia: University of South Australia)
Education Panel: Taiwan
1. Professor Chung-shiuan Chang “Dance perspectives within new school curriculum in Taiwan” (Taiwan: Dean of Dance, Taipei National University of Arts)
2. Ms. Su-ling Chou “K-12 Dance programs in Taiwan” (Taiwan: Director of Dance, Tsoying Senior High School, Taiwan)
3. Ms. Heng Ping “Revolutionary era for dance education in Taiwan” (Taiwan: Instructor, Dance Dept., Taipei National University of Arts)
Creation and Presentation
Maggi Phillips “A narrative of structure” (Australia: Lecturer, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University)
Ms Mew Chang Tsing “RE: Lady White Snake – A reflection of its growth on the 10th year anniversary” (Malaysia: Part-time Lecturer, Cultural Centre University of Malaya & President of MyDance Alliance)
Ms. Caren Carino “Globalization’s exciting adventure; Intercultural dance production (Singapore)” (Singapore: PhD Candidate, National University of Singapore)
Professor Judy Van Zile “Tools of trade: We don’t need hammers and saws” (USA: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Professor Yunyu Wang “Looking into labanotation in Taiwan” (Taiwan: Taipei University of Arts and Collorado College USA)
Ms Ilene Fox “A language for dance” (USA: Director, Dance Notation Bureau, New York)
Asst. Prof. Ya-ping Chen “The eastern invasion: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s Smoke” (Taiwan: College of Dance, Taipei National University of Arts)
Asst. Prof. Yatin Lin “Re-examining Cloud Gate’s Tale of the White Serpent within its cultural milieu of the 1970s” (Taiwan: Taipei National University of Arts)
Professor Judy Van Zile “Lin Hwai-Min: Beyond Cloud Gate” (USA: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Creative and Children Dance
Asst. Prof. Lauralee Zimmerly “Dance/movement education: Building pathways of learning in growing brains” (USA: Dance Dept., Idaho State University)
Professor Emeritus Marcia L. Llyod “Creative dance for children: Local and global perspectives” (USA: Idaho State University)
Ms. Stephanie Glickman “Finding a new demographic: How Chunky Move cultivated a younger audience for contemporary dance in Australia” (Australia: Dance Writer for The Herald Sun in Melbourne and a contributor to InPress, Kinesis and Dance Forum)
Professor Basilio Esteban Villaruz “The job-of-translation: Choreography into criticism” (Philippines: University of the Philippines)
Ms. Shizuka Theresa Yasuda “To be influential or not to be influential: Criticism in Japan and France” (Japan: Dance Critic and Freelance Writer in Paris and Tokyo)
Dr. Sal Murgianto “In Search of New Paths: Reinventing Tradition in Indonesian Dance” (Indonesia: Dance Critic and Associate Professor of Dance at the Jakarta Institute of Arts; STSI Indonesian College of Arts; and Taipei National University of the Arts)
Alex Dea “Reaching Beyond Collaboration” (Indonesia: Performance Artists, Jakarta, Jogjakarta and Surakarta)
Asst. Prof. Dr. Chao Chi-fang “Dance as the local resistance: On the development of contemporary dance in Taiwan in the early 20th century” (Taiwan: Center for Aboriginal Studies, National Dong Hwa University)
Mr. David Mead “Dance company outreach and performance” (England: PhD Candidate, UK)
Ms Helly Minarti “Eurasia; Second Asia-Europe Dance Forum politic of mis/understanding” (Indonesia: Dance Critic, Jakarta)
Maria Darmaningsih “Artsuku, Nusantara Cultural Rendezvous” (Indonesia: WDA Indonesia President and Dewan Kesenian Jakarta)
Assoc. Prof Dr. Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan joint presentation “Dance as ritual, dance as celebration – Tradition and change amongst the Bajau of Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia” (Malaysia: Khadazan-Dusun Chair, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu)
Ms. Judeth John Baptist joint presentation “Dance as ritual, dance as celebration – Tradition and change amongst the Bajau of Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia” (Malaysia: Researcher, Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu)
Mr. Hanafi Hussin joint presentation “Dance as ritual, dance as celebration – Tradition and change amongst the Bajau of Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia” (Malaysia: Lecturer, Dept. Of Southeast Asia Studies, Universiti Malaya)
Assoc. Prof Dr. Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan “Dance and drumming amongst the Huli of the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea – The ethnosemantics, structure and change of group performance in a culture of individuals” (Malaysia: Khadazan-Dusun Chair, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu)
Ms. Patricia Ann Hardwick “Bridging the secular and the sacred: Movement, metaphor and meaning of the Tarian Menghadap Rebab” (USA: PhD Candidate, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana)
Ms. Premalatha Thiagarajan “Male dancers in the Malaysian Bharata Natyam dance scene” (Malaysia: MA candidate, Pusat Kebudayaan Universiti Malaya)
Dr. Stephanie Burridge “...Re: A question of context...” (Australia: Scholar and Writer, Canberra)
Mr. Sunil Kothari “Global and Local” (India: Writer and Critic, Chennai)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Urmimala Sarkar Munsi “Acculturation and the dance repertoires of the traditional world: Post colonial development within the Indian context” (India: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Mr. Yukihiko Yoshida “Dance Database on German Expressionism by Semantic Associative Search Spaces for Art Dictionary and Ballet Dictionary” (Japan: PhD Candidate, Keio University, Tokyo)
Mr. Zulkifli Mohamad “Performing ‘angin’ from ‘main puteri’ healing” (Malaysia: PhD Candidate Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi)
Dr. Julianti Parani “Victim of globalization: Besale ritual dance of the Kubu tribe in Jambi” (Singapore: Senior Researcher NIE and NUS)
Ms. Yukie Shiroma “Konashi and the art of letting go: Maintaining the past as living tradition” (USA: Professional Theatre Director, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Ms. Vivienne Rogis “Same but different: Globalisation and Identity negotiated through inter-cultural dialogue in dance” (Australia: PhD Candidate, Melbourne)
Dr. Adrienne Kaeppler “Dance, dancing, and discourse” (USA: Curator for Oceania, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC)
Patron: Vice Chancellor Universiti Malaya
Advisor: Director, Cultural Centre UM (CCUM)
Conference Director: Professor Dr. Mohd Anis Md Nor (CCUM)
Secretary: Mr. Hanafi Hussin (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences UM)
Puan Norliza Rofli (SU Bahagian Kementerian Kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan)
Ms Sunetra Fernando (CCUM)
Ms Mew Chang Tsing (CCUM and MyDance Alliance)
Ms Rina Tung Abdullah (CCUM)
Ms Premalatha Thiagarajan (CCUM)
Ms Mumtaz Begum Aboo Backer (CCUM)
Mr. Leng Poh Gee (CCUM)
Ms. Chan Sui Pheng (CCUM)
International Advisory Committee
Professor Dr Mohd Anis Md Nor (University of Malaya)
Professor Judy Van Zile (University of Hawaii)
Professor Yunyu Wang (Colorado College USA & TNUA Taipei)
Ms Julie Dyson (Secretary WDAAP and Ausdance)