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The NCPA launches The Art of the Possible Symposium for those working in the design, technical, and production of live events

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is proud to launch The Art of the Possible initiative with a free, 2-day online symposium. This is supported by the British Council and Godrej. This will bring together designers, technicians, and managers working in the live events and performing arts sector from across India and beyond. There will be eight sessions across two days, looking at a variety of current topics in the technical arts industry.

In 2021, the NCPA commissioned ArtX to create a report on technical theatre and design professionals working in India. Following a series of extensive interviews, roundtables, and surveys, the Art of the Possible report was created, supported by the British Council. In response to this report, the NCPA is launching a series of initiatives to engage with and support designers, technicians, and stage & production managers. The symposium is the launch of these initiatives.

This event is for Indian designers, technicians and managers, and those who live and work in India. All who support us and work with us are welcome.

If you work in theatre, music, events, corporate, dance, weddings, opera, festivals, theme parks, or any other form of the live event, this will be of interest.

Featuring an array of celebrated artists and award-winning practitioners who have worked at the highest level around the world, there will be a mixture of panels and round tables covering topics such as collaborative working practice, pay and conditions, designing internationally, and being a woman in this industry.

Panelists include Shabana Azmi, Rick Fisher (Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier award-winning lighting designer), Gabriella Slade (Tony and BAFTA award-winning Costume designer for SIX), David Filshie (Production Manager Sharjah Performing Arts Academy and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts) and David Grindle (Former Chief Exec of USITT).
Dates: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28 August 2022. 15:00 and 21:00 IST.
To register, please visit https://aotp.in.

Saturday 27 August
Session 1 – Opening 15:00 IST
In this opening session, join us as we will tell you about the Art of the Possible, how it came about and what it will be. We will be chatting with Shabana Azmi about her love of theatre and the importance of design, technical, and management roles in producing high-quality theatre that can stand alongside work from other countries in terms of its quality.

Session 2 – Panel discussion 16:30 IST
Collaborative Practice – what does that mean in the design and technical elements of delivering a theatrical production? Join a director, a costume designer, and a lighting designer as they discuss what collaboration means to them and how they aim to achieve it.

Session 3 – Round table 18:00 IST
Pay and Working Conditions – in this session, we want to hear from you as we will be looking into the ArtX research specifically regarding pay and working conditions in India. In small groups, we will look at some of the current issues to give feedback to the group.

Session 4 – Social Mixer 19:30 IST
Come and meet some of India’s top theatre directors and producers in this social mixer.

Sunday 28 August
Session 1 – Panel discussion 15:00 IST
Designing internationally – this session will look at the challenges of designing internationally from the perspectives of lighting, sound, and video. What are the main considerations involved, and how best to overcome them?
Session 2 – Panel discussion 16:30 IST
Contemporary working practices – one of the main themes to emerge from the ArtX research was the challenge of standardizing contemporary working practices in India. In this session, production managers will discuss health and safety protocols in their particular region – the good, the bad, and the indifferent. We will also be looking at contracts for freelancers.
Session 3 – Round table 18:00 IST
Please note this is a closed session for people who identify as women and work as designers, technicians, or managers. This session will not be recorded.
Women in Production Arts. In this round table, we hope to investigate some of the issues that surround being female in these technical arts disciplines in India, and how we can develop career progression as well as encourage younger women into these professions.
Session 4 – Closing 19:30 IST
Moving forward. In this session, we will be looking at the outcomes from this symposium and how we can enable the Art of the Possible to move forward in the best possible way for everyone involved. We will be specifically looking at how best to continue to build this community both online and in person.
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