DON’T WANT TO PROPOSE SOMETHING, BUT HAVE AN IDEA TO SHARE?
In addition to seeking formal Session Proposals for Past Forward,
What’s on your mind? What do you want to learn about?
What haven’t we thought about, that we should be?
Submit and share your ideas HERE
Past Forward is both a gathering of the national ensemble field and a symposium. Session proposals may focus on issues, topics, history, trends, experiments, or innovations in ensemble practice, performance, theory, training, scholarship, or research. We encourage hybrid and boundary-breaking sessions that intersect, blend, or move between these areas.
A wide range of session formats are possible, including:
We are especially interested in proposals related to the event title: Past Forward.
NET imagines the 2017 gathering/symposium as an opportunity to explore expansive definitions and notions of ensemble practice and collaborative creation, in ways that will:
The proposal should explore expansive definitions and notions of ensemble practice and collaborative creation in relation to one of following three core themes. Questions are provided to help tease out each theme, and may spark your thinking around possible session topics to propose.
Click here to view a series of questions that tease out each theme further -- these may help to spark your thinking around possible session topics to propose.
The programming committee will prioritize sessions that focus on:
We encourage sessions that highlight place-based work, or that focus on the specifics of particular geographic communities. Preference will be given to proposals that center the participation of (and/or work by) local Seattle-area and regional Pacific Northwest artists, scholars, and practitioners where possible.
As an organization that champions ensemble practice and collaborative creation, NET advocates for access, inclusion, and the empowered agency of multiple voices. NET’s commitment to equity and justice is rooted in a holistic vision of cultural pluralism that values diversity of place, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexuality, physical/mental/sensory dis/ability, class, national origin, religion, language, cultural heritage, age of individuals and ensembles, organizational size and structure, artistic form, and aesthetic orientation. Proposals that share these values and priorities, and that center the participation of ensembles, artists, culture bearers, or practitioners from historically excluded, under represented, or marginalized communities will be given preference.
A small honorarium (~$100) will be provided for each accepted session (to be shared or distributed among session personnel at your discretion), and each session presenter will receive a slightly discounted registration rate. In addition, NET members (whether session presenters or event attendees) are eligible to apply for a partial subsidy toward travel expenses. Presenters will be featured on the NET website and included in Past Forward promotional and event program materials.
A national community of artists and arts organizations dedicated to collaborative creation, Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) exists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society. NET links a diverse array of ensembles and practitioners to one another and the performing arts field, encouraging collaborations and knowledge building/dissemination. NET is committed to the advancement of the ensemble form and strives to bring about change in the world beyond ourselves through the transformative power of collaborative theater and ensemble practice. Programs and activities focused on field building, field convenings, and field professional development/resources serve to nurture, sustain, and connect NET’s 350+ organizational and individual members throughout the U.S.
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