SEMINAR PROGRAMME

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9.00 COFFEE AND REGISTRATION

9.30 Welcome from Graham Sheffield CBE, Director Arts, British Council

09.45 Introduction to the seminar by Paul Heritage (Queen Mary University of London) and Ilana Strozenberg. (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

10.00-13.00 Session One: Opening up to Exchange

Chair: Justine Simons, Head of Culture, Greater London Authority

Four papers commissioned to provoke the debates for this session will be sent to seminar participants in advance allowing time for discussion with the speakers.

Mércio Pereira Gomes (Professor of Anthropology and former President of the Brazilian Foundation for Indigenous Peoples/Funai 2003-7: Brazil) asks if it is possible for individuals to transcend their culture, and whether Brazil and Britain have the potential to solve their respective predicaments through intercultural relations. Mércio Pereira Gomes will provoke questions raised by the exchanges at the heart of Brazil’s complex cultural identity.

Jerry Brotton (Associate Director of Global Shakespeare: UK) challenges what we understand by cultural exchange, especially in historic cultures where multiculturalism was officially condemned as undesirable for religious, ethnic or imperial purity. With particular attention to the dramatization of the Islamic world, Jerry Brotton considers how the Shakespearean cultural exchange might influence contemporary educational and performance practice.

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break

Eliane Costa (Convenor of the MBA in Cultural Production at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro and former Director of Cultural Sponsorship at Petrobras: Brazil) investigates how artists from peripheral communities dispute the imaginary of the city. She will ask how culture marks out territories – including cyberspace – and consider the possibilities of cultural exchange that are emerging through digital media.

Madani Younis (Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre: UK) Working on ‘Europe’s most culturally diverse road’, Madani Younis shares his vision of how the multiple national heritages can energise contemporary theatre, and will question how far London’s institutions have opened out to the cultural exchanges that are part of the city’s daily life.

12.30 Panel discussion led by Justine Simons with Graham Sheffield CBE, Mércio Pereira Gomes, Jerry Brotton, Eliane Costa and Madani Younis

13.00 Lunch

14.00-17.00 Session Two: Mapping Cultural Exchange

This session will raise questions about the kinds of translation and transformation that are made possible through cultural exchange. It will explore the range of cultural exchange projects between Britain and Brazil, with particular reference to those that focus on peripheral territories and/or artistic languages.

14.00 Peripheral provocations: How do marginal social territories produce new cultural meanings in UK and Brazil? Can they be translated?  What exchanges and dialogues are possible between Brazilian and British peripheries?  A debate led by Eliana Silva (Founder of NGO Maré Networks and Principal Researcher at Department of Community Integration, UFRJ), Katherine Zeserson (independent cultural activist, previously Sage Gateshead Founding Director of Learning & Participation) and Marcus Vinícius Faustini (Director of NGO The Agency of Youth Networks). Chair: Sandra Jovchelovitch (Professor of Social Psychology, LSE)

15.00 Presentation of the mapping and case studies from the The Art of Cultural Exchange research programme by Ana Claudia Souza and André Piza

15.45 Coffee Break

16.00 What is lost and found in translation? Open discussion led by Paul Heritage, with Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre Company, Liz Moreton, Senior Producer, Battersea Arts Centre, Michael Amaning, Associate Artist, Playing On Theatre Company, Segun Olaiya,  actor and Drama Facilitator, Ruth Gould, Artistic Director, DaDa Fest.

17.00 Q&A with Simon McBurney (Artistic Director of Complicite Theatre Company). In his new solo performance The Encounter, Simon McBurney traces National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. In advance of the show’s premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2015, McBurney will explore his own recent encounters with the Mayoruna, Yawalapiti and Kuikuro peoples and his approach to translating these experiences into theatre.

18.00 Drinks reception with final reflections from Danilo Santos de Miranda, Director SESC São Paulo

18.30 End