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11 - 12 June Old Truman Brewery, London

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Then ITEAC 2014
is for you!


Registration: 09:00 (tea & coffee will be served)
Welcome: 10:00

10:10 Keynote - Tod Machover
Tod Machover, “America’s most wired composer” (Los Angeles Times), one of the brightest thinkers about performance today – will open this essential worldwide forum for the sharing of ideas and best practice.


10:35 A Provocation: Sir John Tusa
Sir John Tusa started life as a journalist before going on to head the BBC World Service and subsequently the Barbican, Europe's largest multi-arts centre. His paper will be a provocation - why do artists often prefer found spaces? Do we need any more buildings by star architect? Yet another horseshoe, shoe box or courtyard theatre - what are the new forms of theatre relevant to the 21st Century?


11:20 Creating New Cultural Districts
The traditional cultural districts of London, Paris, and Broadway have evolved over centuries. Some new and emerging communities and societies are not prepared to wait. They want cultural districts in a five or ten year period. This panel includes speakers from the Middle East, and China talking about creating vibrant cultural districts.
Speakers include:
Jin Wang Wanda Cultural Tourism Planning & Design Institute
Simon Fraser  Allies and Morrison
Ricky Sandhu Foster + Partners
David Staples Theatre Projects
Peter Wilson Peter Wilson|Cultural Projects


11:20 Stage Changes in Modern Chinese Theatre
This session reveals the complex causes and influences on the modern Chinese stage. These include the cultural impact of Western traditions, the decline of the Chinese the traditional stage and theatre technology and arts imported from the West.
Mr. Lu Xiangdong School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
Mark Taylor Mark Taylor Asia Ltd


11:20 Projection & Imaging within Performance
The advances in both projection and LED video screens means the dream of creating scenery through projection is at last being realised, often in surprising and innovative ways. The session looks at the latest ideas and advances in this rapidly expanding area.
Speakers include:
William Dudley Designer
Dan Shipton Creative Director
Frieder Weiss Software Developer
Bryan Raven White Light


12:50 King Kong the Musical – one project among many
A case study by our Platinum Sponsor


14:10 The Concert Hall of the Future
For more than a century, science has been used to help create the perfect concert hall. Sometimes it has succeeded admirably while on other occasions, significant sums of money have been seemingly wasted on a poor acoustic shunned by leading musicians. How will new techniques and technologies be utilised to ensure great halls are made every time?
Speakers include:
Nestor Bottino Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture
George Ellerington Arup
Jim Hultquist Schuler Shook
Greg Miller Threshold Acoustics
Benton Delinger Theatre Projects


14:10 Touring Technologies
As the costs of large-scale touring continue to rise, the need to reduce set-up and break-down times is vital. However producers have to keep pace with their audiences' appetite for spectacle. How can new technologies meet this challenge?
Speakers include:
Jeff Burke ES Global Solutions
Adam Davis TAIT
Chris Vaughan Production Manager
David Edelstein Triple E


14:10 Evolving Standards for Stage Engineering
The need for common standards in stage engineering has long been the goal for many engineers and manufacturers. However as different standards are being formulated in the US and Europe, is this goal now out of reach?
Speakers include:
Alistair Bell Stage Technologies
Ron Bell OBE Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd
Bill Sapsis Sapsis Rigging
Jens Schröder Theatertechnische Systeme
Dave Ludlam Theatreplan


15:50 Learning from Natural Disasters
In Japan, the 2011 Tsunami caused great devastation across the country. Many theatres were damaged. The rebuilding programme has given architects and engineers an opportunity to reassess what will best suit contemporary audiences. New regulations for auditorium ceilings are being introduced this April. In New Zealand not only has a conversion of a wharf shed into a multi-purpose space had to incorporate seismic strengthening, the construction also had to cope with two earthquakes.
Speakers include:
Professor Shozo Motosugi  Nihon University
Phil Conroy Shand Shelton
Fiona Blackett J&C Joel


15:50 Creative Financing
How do we persuade other people to pay for new theatres to be built? We discuss examples where developers have been obliged to provide a new theatre as part of an overall building project.  What are the pitfalls with this? How can we avoid these? What other cunning financial models are out there?
Speakers include:
Judith Strong Arts & Architecture Consultant
Steve Friedlander Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Jennifer Mitchell Kings Place Foundation
Mhora Samuel The Theatres Trust


15:50 Engineering the Large Spectacular - The London Olympics
The opening and closing ceremonies of London 2012 received much popular and critical acclaim. Behind the spectacle was a considerable amount of innovative engineering and technology, particularly in the suspension of artists and scenic elements above the arena.
Speakers include:
Aran Chadwick Atelier One
Rasti Bartek Buro Happold
Steve Porter Unusual Rigging
Jim Tinsley Stage One
Piers Shepperd Wonder Works Limited

This overview shows you the planned programme for each day. More sessions will be added as the programme is further developed. Remember that while we will endeavour to deliver the published programme, circumstances beyond our control may result in unavoidable changes being made.