New Project Group – NPG
The New Project Group (NPG) is a laboratory for performing artists to work internationally while retaining their individual identities. The focus is on making art, particularly the creative process, rather than the end result, by creating intercultural dialogue and emphasizing cultural diversity. Projects developed are intergenerational with a particular focus on the development and support of young practitioners through the creative process.
The New Project Working Group
Emilya Cachapero, Spokesperson (USA)
Elena Agatheokleous (Cyprus)
Gunther Beelitz (Germany)
Liz Engelman (USA)
Frank Duewel (Germany)
Philly JJemba Junior (Uganda)
Shimrit Malul (Israel)
From the ITI World Congress in Korea to the present, the New Project Group (NPG) has been a vital force within ITI dedicated to developing and supporting the work of young professionals through the creative process. This focus is closely aligned with ITI’s overall interest in identifying and nurturing the next generation of internationalists.
The NPG projects have had significant impact on the World Congresses, not only through the presentation of the resulting productions, but in the numbers of young professionals brought to the Congress as delegates who share their views and ideas with their more experienced colleagues. 10 artists collaborated on The King Lear Project, 16 young professionals participated in The Ariadne and Anger Project, 26 participated in The Borges Project (at the last moment the 3 artists from Cameroon were not able to attend Manila), 29 participating artists in IfDENTITY; and a company of 20 for House-Home (artists from Cameroon, Jamaica and Sudan were not able to attend the Congress).
It was unfortunate that the situation in Armenia did not allow for the Committee’s strong work to continue. The NPG hopes that the ITI community acknowledges and values the committee’s contributions to the artistic vitality brought to the Congress by the inclusion of art-making and younger practitioners in the programming.
The NPG respectfully requests the support of ITI and the 35th World Congress Organizers to develop and produce a new project using the same creative and production process as House-Home in Xiamen.
OVEVIEW OF PROJECT
Building on the success of its earlier projects, once again the NPG plans to develop a multi-national collaboration similar to House-Home. The theme for the new project is being identified in collaborative brainstorming sessions and will be related and relevant to the overall Congress theme.
The structure of the new project will be similar to House-Home with an intercultural, multi-disciplinary company of up to 25 people (Artistic Team, Producing Team and Participating Artists) that primarily focuses on the development process and answers creative questions jointly in an ensemble setting. The Working Group composed of artists and producers is the body primarily responsible for overall decisions that include identifying the project theme and selecting participating artists. The Artistic Team will be composed of directors and dramaturges who will work directly with the Participating Artists from a range of disciplines to explore the theme and share creative approaches. The Producing Team will be responsible for production areas supporting the artists’ work. The entire company will arrive 10 days prior to the Congress for training and a developmental workshop. The new project will be shared with Congress delegates and local audiences a minimum of three times during the Congress.
To minimize the number of artists from abroad brought to the Congress venue and to maximize interaction with the local community, 4 artists will come from the host country. The working language will be in English and all participating artists must have some proficiency in that language.
Additionally, during the Congress, the NPG will offer a case-study session for all Congress participants to share the project’s creative process. As a way of connecting with local artists, rehearsals will be open to the local community of students and emerging theatre practitioners in the host city. Workshops led by participating artists will also be offered free of charge to the local artistic community.
Similar to the last three NPG projects, the 10-day workshop, performances and interactions with local artists will be video documented, and subsequently DVDs will be distributed to ITI Centers and posted on the ITI website.
As part of its post-production work, the NPG will thoroughly evaluate the creative process and structure of House-Home, and improve what was done earlier. NPG will hold a post-production evaluation at the end of the Congress and revise the process for future projects as needed.
As mentioned above, the new project will be video documented. This has been an effective tool, not only for sharing the creative process and work developed on the project, but as a visual tool for promoting successful ITI activities to UNESCO, funders, sponsors, performing arts colleagues and the general public.
Through its projects, NPG continues its commitment to providing professional development opportunities for exceptionally talented young artists. NPG strongly believes that support of the nextproject will help to forge a strong and long-lasting bond between ITI and the future artistic leaders of our field. NPG hopes that ITI and the World Congress Organizers recognize the track record of success and contributions made over the last five productions, and that they will look favorably on this request.