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Kindling 2018

Kindling HOME



HOME is programmatic exploration from January 2018 to May 2019, aligning with IPAY’s organizational shift anchoring operations and programming in Philadelphia.

Kindling HOME explores the questions and ideas: 

·       How are the performing arts for young audiences exploring ideas related to HOME?

·       How are artists exploring global realities of forced migration, homelessness, immigration and “newcomers?”

·       How does this relate to young people’s experiences in schools and their communities?

·        How do we honour the original caretakers of the land and what is our relationship with Indigenous people?

·       Who have we displaced in our communities? How do we welcome “newcomers”?

·       How is identity connected to one’s concept of home?

·       How does the idea of what home is differ around North America and around the world?

IPAY Kindling provides opportunity for dialogue sparked by guest thought leaders exploring connections to showcasing performing arts through critical response, kitchen table open dialogue facilitated presentations and informal discussions. An extended KINDLING global project exploring HOME in members' communities will be launched in June 2018.

What is IPAY Kindling? Discover here.



*all sessions and speakers subject to change


Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - Welcome, Keynote, Kindling Viewpoints, 1:45pm-3:00pm

1:45 – 2:00 PM 

Welcome HOME. Introduction to KINDLING 2018
Boomer Stacey, IPAY Executive Director (Canada)

UArts – Levitt Auditorium 

2:00 – 2:30 PM 

Are We There Yet? On the meaning of HOME
Keynote – Dalija Acin Thelander, Artist (Sweden)

UArts – Levitt Auditorium

2:25 – 3:00 PM

HOME. Again.
Keynote – Brian Joyce, IPAY Founding Member and former Showcase Host (USA)

UArts – Levitt Auditorium 


Are We There Yet? On the meaning of HOME.
Dalija is a choreographer creating purpose-built environments and landscapes for babies to experience performing arts. Her keywords for creation are intersensorial - experiencing through intersection of all your sense - and agency - the capacity to at within an environment. Dalija will share insight on her practice and how that informs her perspective on HOME; what does HOME mean to her and why is it important for artists and presenters to explore this concept in creating and presenting work for young audiences today.

HOME. Again.
HOME, again, with perspective on IPAY in Philadelphia, a short history of Showcase and on ideas related to the importance of being HOME.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Breakout Sessions, 5pm-6:30pm

5 – 6:30 PM

KINDLING Kitchen Table Session –HOME is where…

Facilitated by Mohamed Elghawy, Hakwawy Festival (Egypt); with Fernanda Carrasco Blancaire, Teatro de Occasion (Chile); Sabrina Mandell, Happenstance Theater (US)

DoubleTree Hotel – Concerto Room

5 – 6:30 PM

KINDLING Kitchen Table Session –Journeys and Movement

Facilitated by Gintare Masteikaite, Dansema (Lithuania); with Alvaro Morales Lifschitz, La Llave Maestra (Chile); Sabrina Mandell, Happenstance Theater (USA)

DoubleTree Hotel – Rhapsody Room 

5 – 6:30 PM

KINDLING Viewpoint –HOMEgrown

Facilitated by Seth Soloway, Performing Arts Center at Purchase Colleeage (USA); with David Gonzalez, Artist (USA); Victoria Row-Traster, Miami Theater Center (USA); Lauren Jost, Spellbound Theater (USA)


DoubleTree Hotel – Maestro Room

 5– 6:30 PM

KINDLING People’s State of the Union – Kitchen Table edition
Facilitated by Kali Di Pippo, New Victory Theater (USA)

DoubleTree Hotel – Orchestra Room 

KINDLING Kitchen Table Session – HOME is where…

                  As an arts professional supporting art for young audiences, what does HOME mean to you? If art is a reflection or perspective on the world around us, how are we tackling perceptions, challenges and ideas specific to the lens that young people are experiencing today’s realities? What is our role and responsibility to respond to and provide a connection for discussion related to realties in the communities and countries in which we do our work? 

HOME (Merriam Webster on-line)

1a :one's place of residence :domicile 

·       has been away from home for two weeks

·       a place to call home

2 :the social unit formed by a family living together 

·       trying to make a good home for her children

·        comes from a broken home

3a :a familiar or usual setting :congenial environment; also :the focus of one's domestic attention 

·       home is where the heart is

4a :a place of origin 

·       salmon returning to their home to spawn; also :one's own country 

·       having troubles at home and abroad

b :headquarters 2 

·       home of the dance company

5:an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs 

·       homes for the elderly

6:the objective in various games; especially :home plate


KINDLING Kitchen Table Session – Journeys and Movement

                  Considering the experiences of people that have left their chosen home via forced or voluntary migration to be relocated, displaced, exiled, interned in a new land. This Kitchen Table explores the perspectives of artists and presenters sharing the stories and experiences of these journeys and movements through performing arts for young people. All guests at the table are encouraged to share stories from work within their own communities as well as to share potential challenges to be overcome in telling these stories.


KINDLING Viewpoint – HOMEgrown

                  How can the performing arts center community can support the creation of new American work for young audiences through creative approaches to commissioning?  The US has a deep talent pool of devisors, writers, and creatives; has excellent training programs; and professional associations that facilitates interaction between the creative eco-system. Working within the realities of contexts of creation in the US, how can we all better support the development of new work that is able to tour?

Our guest thought leaders will share from their own projects and experiences as a means to spark conversation and action towards encouraging support and development of new and exciting work.

KINDLING People’s State of the Union – Kitchen Table Version

                  In January of most years, the President of the United States delivers a State of the Union Address highlighting the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes We the People reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally, and globally.

                  Since 2015, the US Department of Arts and Culture has hosted the People’s State of the Union as an invitation to supplement the President’s stories by coming together in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations to share our own take on the state of our union. Thousands of people in more than 350 communities have taken part over the last three years. For #PSOTU 2018, Story Circle participants are invited to share their own take on the state of our union by reflecting on any of the following prompts (or creating their own):

•  Share a story about an experience that gave you insight into the state of our union.
•  Share a story about a time you felt a sense of belonging—or the opposite—to this nation or your community.
•  Share a story of an experience that gave you hope in the past year.


Friday, January 26, 2018 – Breakout Sessions, 2:45pm-4:15pm

2:45 - 4:15 PM

KINDLING Kitchen Table SessionHOME & Identity
Facilitated by the Rye Fellows and Porter Resident Artist


DoubleTree Hotel – Concerto Room

2:45 - 4:15 PM

KINDLING Kitchen Table Session– Performance in Non-Traditional Spaces

Facilitated by Tony Reekie, Arts Consultant (Scotland); with Erik Kaiel, Arch8 (Nederlands); Dalija Acin Thelander, Artist (Sweden); Whit MacLaughlin, New Paradise Labs (USA)

DoubleTree Hotel – Rhapsody Room

2:45 - 4:15 PM

KINDLING Viewpoints– Authenticity in Sharing Stories from AWAY

Facilitated by Kali DiPippo, New Victory Theater (USA); Ty Dafoe, Artist (Ojibway / USA); Sam Routledge, Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Tasmania); Sara Zatz, Ping Chong + Company (USA)

DoubleTree Hotel – Minuet Room 


2:45 - 4:15 PM

KINDLING Viewpoints –Suitcase Stories

Rachel Briley, North Carolina Theater for Young People (US); Alvaro Morales Lifschitz and Edurne Rankin, La Llave Maestra (Chile)


DoubleTree Hotel – Maestro Room 


2:45 - 4:15 PM

 KINDLING Kitchen Table Session – Overcoming Barriers (Unpacking CAN’T) Sponsored by ASSITEJ Nederlands / Dutch Performing Arts 

With Anja Krans, Dutch Performing Arts; Paulien Geerlings, De Toneelmakerij; Kees Blijleven (Assitej Netherlands)

DoubleTree Hotel – Orchestra Room 


KINDLING Kitchen Table Session – HOME & Identity

                    Kitchen Table sessions are an opportunity to engage in open dialogue, broaden your perspective, and to hear from different perspectives. How does one’s sense of home affect personal identity and connection to their community? Join our Rye Fellows and Porter Resident Artists as they explore Identity and how that is connected to concepts of HOME, informed by their places of learning and development as well as their generational perspective. How does one’s sense of home affect personal identity and connection to their community?


KINDLING Kitchen Table Session – Performance in Non-Traditional Spaces

                  Explore all aspects of non-traditional performance venues. This Kitchen Table explores setting or use of space as integral elements to telling our stories; immersive or experiential performance; and escaping traditional performance venues to take the art to where the audience is. An opportunity to share success stories, challenges and new opportunities to engage with young audiences.

"Theaters, concert halls, and museums are conducive to certain kinds of exchanges between art and people. These are, and will always be, critically important spaces for public participation in the arts. But meaningful exchange occurs with greater frequency in many other settings, from old breweries to planetariums, abandoned subway platforms, barges, cinemas, and community bookstores. With the proliferation of virtual spaces for arts programs, it seems now that all the world's a stage. The new emphasis on setting is evident in the rise of site-specific festivals, growing experimentation with temporary or "pop-up" spaces, a new pattern of use of cinemas for high quality digital arts programs, and increased use of outdoor urban spaces for video presentation. It is also evident in the work of young artists who choose to curate the settings for their work as an integral part of the work itself. "

                  - Excerpt from "All The World's a Stage: Venues and Settings, and the Role they Play in Shaping Patterns of Arts Participation" by Alan Brown, principal in the arts consulting firm WolfBrown


KINDLING Viewpoints – Authenticity in Sharing Stories from AWAY

                  It is important for us as artists and presenters to share diverse stories from many perspectives including non-Western cultural points of origin. How do we show respect for cultural inspiration in the work that we are creating and presenting? How do we ensure authenticity of voice in the stories that we share or the productions that we present? Where does the line between inspiration and appropriation lie? Join this discussion to hear guest perspectives on this topic as well as to share your insight and opinion.

KINDLING Viewpoints – Suitcase Stories

                 Join Rachel Briley, Director of the MFA in Theatre for Youth at the University of North Carolina, as she shares a semester-long project addressing the themes of home and identity facilitated at the Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro, NC.  Based on the book The Suitcase Stories: Refugee Children Reclaim Their Identities by Glynis Clacherty, this session will invite participants to explore the journey of refugee youth from across the globe as they acclimate to their new lives in North America.  Theatre and visual art strategies utilized in the residency will be shared as the source material inspiring discussion and sharing of attendees' current projects and future possibilities.

KINDLING Kitchen Table Session - Overcoming Barriers (Unpacking CAN’T)

Sponsored by ASSITEJ Nederlands / Dutch Performing Arts 

                  HOME (Cultural Contexts) + Overcoming Barriers (Unpacking CAN’T). Artists around the world create work for young audiences with the intent to connect and engage with their audiences. This work is created within their own cultural contexts and societal norms. Sometimes when this work has an opportunity to tour globally, artistic intent can be viewed through different cultural contexts and perspectives as viewed by international presenters. Occasionally productions may not be booked because of these differences in perspective. As a starting point of the discussion we take the Dutch cultural context , with for example the performance of Nadia from De Toneelmakerij. This kitchen table provides an opportunity for artists and presenters to share their perspectives in how to overcome barriers in touring international performing arts.


Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Breakout Sessions, 9am-10am

9 – 10 AM

KINDLING Artist Viewpoint - Dalija Acin Thelander

Choreographic practices for babies / Towards interrelational ecology and immersion

DoubleTree Hotel – Maestro Room


9 – 10 AM

Kindling Artistic Viewpoint – Amanda Pintore

2017/2018 Porter Resident Artist, wonderwander: Exploring Dance for the Very Young

DoubleTree Hotel – Concerto Room

KINDLING Artist Viewpoint –  Dalija Acin Thelander - Choreographic practices for babies / Towards interrelational ecology and immersion

The aim of this session is to introduce participants to Thelander’s choreographic practice for babies which is grounded in sensorial-perceptual approach and to propose the frame for participants to develop their own ideas. The practice shared within the presentation aspires to challenge the concepts and aesthetics of performing arts for children, explore possibilities of choreographic practices and propose non-conventional encounters with art. It welcomes the child's natural curiosity and desire to participate and play, and it emphasizes the importance of child-care giver relation in the context of both social and artistic shared experience.

KINDLING Artistic Viewpoints – Amanda Pintore, 2017/2018 Porter Resident Artist, wonderwander: Exploring Dance for the Very Young

In this workshop, research and dance collide to explore Dance for the Very Young (for audiences ages 2-5 and their caregivers). This session will explore wonderwander, a dance performance developed specifically for very young audiences that is inspired by the movement behaviors of very young dancers in a research setting. This session will investigate the process of utilizing very young children as both artistic and research partners in the development of a devised production. Workshop participants will be invited to explore interactive moments taken directly from the research and choreographic process and engage in dialogue about working with children as artistic partners. In merging both theatre and dance, research and practice, and children and adults, we aim to create informed, powerful, and aesthetically dynamic work. 

This work is co-presented by Kerfuffle, a theatre and dance company devoted to creating performances with and for 2-5 year olds.


Thursday January 25, 2018 - Cultural Spotlights

9 – 9:15 AM

Danish Theatre for Young People – Sponsored by TeaterCentrum


Prince Theater


9:20 – 10 AM

Chile: the commercial hub for the performing arts for young audiences sector in Latin America – Sponsored by ProChile
Panel Participants: Maria Paz Sepulveda, Alejandra Caballero and Bebe de Soares (TeVeo Assitej Chile); Alejandro Buvinic (Pro Chile); Boomer Stacey (IPAY); Mary Rose Lloyd (The New Victory Theater)

Prince Theater


Danish Theatre for Young People

Sponsored by TeaterCentrum

IPAY, as a hub organization, is continually working to develop and maintain relationships with cultural partners from around the world to expand the potential for sources of new productions for our marketplace and to expand our global marketplace for our producing members.

                  Denmark has and continues to be a world leading centre for innovative, relevant, exciting performing arts for young people. In a country of just more than 5 million people, it boasts more than 100 professional companies dedicated to theatre for young audiences. This cultural spotlight led by TeaterCentrum, hosts of the renowned Aprilfestival, will provide an overview on the Danish scene — exploring artistic genres, festival and showcase opportunities, opportunities for collaboration and artistic intersection, funding opportunities, and other topics.

Chile: the commercial hub for the performing arts for young audiences sector in Latin America

Sponsored by ProChile
TeVeo Assitej Chile, Amazonas Network
Patrocinio Consejo de la Cultura y de las Artes

                  A panel discussion about creative and trade routes along the South-North America axe, presenting Chile as the hub for the internationalization of the sector with the creation of FITA CHILE, a biannual showcase and marketplace for the Iberoamerican production. We will present a documentary about FITA CHILE 2017 and the impact for companies and presenters. This spotlight is an opportunity to learn about the cultural landscape of Chile and the work being made for young audiences, as well as the cultural context that shapes the creative work. The panel will examine the artistic production, connections, showcases and festivals, as well as the possibilities of institutional funding for international projects.


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