CINARS has named the first set of speakers for its upcoming biennale. Running from 12-17 November in Montréal, it will bring together performing arts professionals from all over the earth.
Early confirmations are futurist and consultant Sanjay Khanna; Emilie Monnet, founder of Scène contemporaine autochtone; Maxime Fleuriot, artistic consultant for Biennale de la danse in Lyon; artist and dramaturg Angélique Willkie; Beursschouwburg general and artistic director Tom Bonte; Donna Walker-Kuhne, a marketing expert; and Darren O’Donnell, the multi-talented novelist, filmmaker and director.
While the speakers represent a variety of talents and backgrounds, they’ll all speak to the same subject – mutation – which is this year’s theme. “What is the meaning of the performing arts in this period of mutations?” asked CINARS in a press release. Specifically, the speakers will address climate change, technologies, digitalisation, migration and politics.
CINARS is also working with CAPACOA on The Great Knowledge Café, a programme that involves 40 speakers discussing performing arts issues in an informal setting.