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The conference ‘Audiences, Patrons and Performers in the Per­ forming Arts o f Asia’ took place in Leiden, z j -27 August 2000, and included just over one hundred papers. It was greatly en­ hanced by some video and CD-ROM presentations, perfor­ mances, and workshops. The conference was co-organized by the PAATI (Performing Arts in Asia; Tradition and Innovation), a research project at the IIAS, the European Foundation for Chi­ nese Music Research (CHIME), and the University o f Leiden. By WI M VAN ZANTEN

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Projector Colin Mackerras o f Griffith University (Australia) sPe?J<in g a t the p tm a y sesswn on Hybrid-Popular Theatre/ Asian Diaspora’.

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he conference ad­ dressed the roles of context and envi­ ronment: the audiences, the patrons who enable the performing arts, the sponsors who organize and support them, and the spaces and places where they work and play. How do these participants influence perfor­ mances and performers, and how are they influenced by them in turn? The Asian ‘artists’ to be considered range from singers to storytellers and dancers, from puppeteers to ac­ tors and musicians, from entertain­ ers to ritualists and shamans. These themes were highlighted in several panels, including ones focusing on:

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1. Hybrid and Popular Theatres in Asia (twenty papers); 2. Asian Diasporas (eleven papers); 3. The Creative Process in Folk Music and Musical Ritual in Asia (eleven papers). Besides these core papers, there were several panels dealing with related topics. The keynote address ‘The Perfor­ mance Triangle: Whole or unholy? was delivered by Professor James Brandon. It was generally felt that the papers and discussions were of a very good quality. The results will appear in special issues of journals and in two books. On the first day the participants’ registration took place to the accom­ paniment of Chinese teahouse music performed by the ‘Yellow River en­ semble from Paris. After the dinner the Surinamese-Javanese society ‘Gotong-Rojong’ from Delfzijl, the

Netherlands, performed a hobby­ horse dance, Jaran Kepang, in which the dancers fell into trance. Perfor­ mances also highlighted the other evenings. Quite a few of the perform­ ers (for instance, Vayu Naidu, John Emigh, Tran Quang Hai, Hugh Liv­ ingston, Kalpana Raghuraman) also gave workshops and presented excel­ lent papers at the conference. This was particularly gratifying, because the PAATI research project also tries to use participation or ‘learning by performing’ for scientific research. The possibilities 0fa follow-up con­ ference were discussed. Dr Surapone Virulrak offered to explore the possi­ bilities to have the next conference at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in December 2002. ■

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Some photographs taken during the registration for the conference may be found on the website: http://www.iias.nl/oideion/general/ audiences/contents/contents.html More information: W i m v a n Z a n t e n (HASPAATI) or F r a n k Kouwenhoven (CHIME)

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