NEW ISLAND FESTIVAL (Created by Dutch Artists)

Special Invitation: Mini-Symposium & Performances

September, 17, 2009 on Governors Island

$25 (includes performance, meal and drink tickets)

Space is limited- RSVP by September 11, 2009

Direct from Holland, the New Island Festival presents the work of over 150 Dutch artists onNew York City's Governors Island from September 10-13 and September 17-20.

On Thursday, September 17th, theatre practitioners, students and site specific performance enthusiasts are invited to participate in a half-day mini-symposium with Dutch and US based performing artists to discuss the growing popularity and forms of site specific theatre. The mini-symposium will provide multiple opportunities for artist/audience debate in response to various questions about new aesthetics and forms being explored by theatremakers plus the connection between performance, architecture and the process of creating site specific work. The mini-symposium includes the opportunity to see performances by Dutch artists.

Schedule of Events on September 17, 2009:

  • 1:15pm Ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan
  • 1:30 – 2:15pm Registration and exploration of site specific installations
  • 2:30 – 4:00pm Panel, moderated by Anne Bogart with Dutch and US-based artists, includingLotte van den Berg, Luc van Loo, Meiyin Wang and Jay Scheib
  • 4:15pm Installation: The Archaeological Dig
  • Then attend one of the following performances* (requests must be made at time of RSVP)

Option A

Option B

Option C

Option D

Braakland (Wasteland) Dir.Lotte van den BergCompagnie Dakar 
6:00 – 7:25pm

Broeders (Brothers) 
Dir. Jetse Batelaan 
7:00 – 8:25pm

Orfeo: Performance & Dinner
Created by Veenfabriek 
8:00 – 9:15pm

La Voix Humaine
Dir. Ivo van HoveToneelgroep Amsterdam With Halina Reijn 

*You may attend any of the additional 30 performances between 4-10pm for free. Performances are in English, subtitled, or non-verbal-visit additional info.

Food and drink are served nightly at the enormous 400-foot long table from 6 – 10pm.

Post Show Activities:

  • 10:00pm Visit the Boulevard of Broken Dreams for food, drinks and conversation with artists and audience members, or enjoy other performance events on the island
  • 11:00pm Ferry returns to the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan (Free). 
    Ferry service to Manhattan runs every 30 minutes beginning at 4pm.


To RSVP, please email the following info to by September 11, 2009 (Additional information with exact departure time/gathering place will be sent in advance)

  • Name(s):
  • Phone Number:
  • Email address:
  • Number of Mini-Symposium Passes ($25 each, payable in cash upon arrival):
  • Preferred Performance Option (first-come, first-served basis):

Mini-Symposium is organized by: 



Kevin Bitterman

Assistant Director, International Programs

Theatre Communications Group
520 Eighth Ave, 24th Floor

NYNY 10018

T: 212 609 5900, ext.230

F: 212 609 5901

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