Sydney Festival 2010 – The Scope

January 13th, 2010

The Scope is part think-tank, part performance, part lecture. Audiences are invited to join in animated and provocative conversations with a dynamic mix of artists, academics, leaders, thinkers and dreamers.
Sydney Festival and MAU Forum presents
5th Pacific Thought Symposium – Bringing Forth the Ancestors
Between performances of Tempest: without a body, MAU Artistic Director Lemi Ponifasio convenes the first Pacific Thought Symposium to be held on this side of the Pacific.
This symposium is a rare opportunity to share different views and cultural philosophies and to provoke and propose new ways to grapple with Pacific thought. Ponifasio’s theme – Bringing Forth the Ancestors – seeks common ground with Sydney’s Indigenous and Pacific communities. more info
Confirmed panellists include:
• Lemi Ponifasio (MAU) – Co convener
• Rhoda Roberts (Dreaming Festival, Pacific Arts Alliance) – Co convener
• Tame Iti (MAU)
• Leali’ifano Albert Refiti
• Hufanga ‘Okusitino Mahina
• Dr Katerina Teaiwa (Australian National University)

Sydney Festival and ABC Radio National presents
2010 – Crisis, Catharsis, Renewal
The inaugural Sydney Festival keynote, HOPE 2010: Crisis, Catharsis, Renewal, promises to be a potent moment in the first week of the Festival and a highlight of our new Scope series of public discussions inspired by the “ideas architecture” of the 2010 program.

Signalling a compelling new direction for Sydney Festival, HOPE 2010 gathers a diverse, fascinating and inspirational group of artists, thinkers, public figures and ordinary citizens linked – like the audience – by their hopes, dreams and fears for the year ahead. With them, the audience (both live in the City Recital Hall and on ABC Radio National) will contemplate this individual and collective challenge: “What shall we resolve for 2010?” more info

Guests include:
Noel Pearson, Peter Sellars, Dr Michael Spence, Laurie Wallis and Yar Mayen. Wendy Harmer ‘hosts’ the evening.

Sydney Festival and The University of Sydney presents
Are We Happy Yet?
The search for happiness –  and attempts to escape from unhappiness – emerge as recurring themes of the 2010 program, from Optimism to Hamlet; Giselle to Happy as Larry.

Our inaugural World Café integrates performance and music into a rich discussion on the nature of human happiness, with perspectives from the worlds of art, philosophy and spirituality.

The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Professor Geoff Gallop and the evening will be facilitated by Associate Professor Lyn Carson.  Panelists will include Caroline West – a senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Bhante Sujato – an Australian Buddhist monk from Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon and Shaun Parker – choreographer of Happy as Larry (Sydney Festival 2010) and This Show is about People (Sydney Festival 2008).  more info

Microscope – Festival artists in conversation with Caroline Baum
Renowned journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum’s conversations with Sydney Festival artists will offer insights into their thinking and creations, illuminating the Festival experience.

Sunday Jan 10 (post show): Thomas Ostermeier and Lars Eidinger (Hamlet)
Tuesday Jan 12 (8:30pm): Roysten Abel (The Manganiyar Seduction)
Sunday Jan 17 (CarriageWorks at 1pm): Lynette Wallworth
Saturday Jan 23 (following the 2pm performance) Ben Power (Six Characters in Search of an Author)
Sunday Jan 24 (post show): Micheal Keegan-Dolan (Giselle)
Tuesday Jan 26 (pre show at 7:30pm in the Quadrangle): Guy Coolen (Ruhe)
Friday Jan 29 (post show): Peter Sellars (Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms)

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