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Talk with Presenters from France, Burkina Faso, and The United States

Under The Radar Festival 2021

After almost a year of standstill on theater stages across the world in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania/Australia and Americas, the pandemic has brought not just chaos - but also aspiration.  Together, theater makers and artists re-imagine the challenges of the future and brighter days.  

When: Saturday, January 9, 12 PM (EST)

Online, Free and Open to All.

This online panel part of UTR 2021 brings together: Hortense Archambault, Director, and Frank Piquard, Director of Productions, both from MC93 in Bobigny, FranceAguibou Bougobali Sanou, performance artist, choreographer, and director of dance festivals from Burkina Faso; and Meiyin Wang, the Producing Director for the Perelman Performing Arts Center, New York. These panelists will share their visions for the future.

Lili Chopra, Artistic Director of LMCC in New York, will moderate the 70-minute panel that includes a Q&A.

To RSVP, visit this page from The Public Theater.

The online event is co-organized by Under The Radar Festival and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. 


Hortense Archambault, Director, MC93, Bobigny  (France) 

From 2004 to 2013, Hortense Archambault was the Co-Director of Festival d'Avignon with Vincent Baudriller. Then she became Director of Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (MC93), Bobigny (Parisian suburbs.) She has recently be named President of the large network of National Stages (Scènes nationales)  in France. 

Frank Piquard, Director of Production, MC93, Bobigny (France)

Frank started to work in 1995 at the Parc et Grande Halle de la Villette where he became Production Director in 2003 handling challenging exhibitions and performances.  In 2008, he joined the dance company,  DCA / Philippe Decouflé,  as the company's manager for 10 years before becoming Director of Production at MC93/ Bobigny .In parallel, he is one of the two curators of Jazz in La Villette (Coproduction Parc de la Villette and Philharmonie de Paris) since 2005. 

Aguibou Bougobali Sanou,  Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Aguibou Bougobali Sanou is a dancer, choreographer, musician, and storyteller. In 2016, he was a semi-finalist on “Africa’s Got Talent.”  He has created work with support from the Institut francais (Paris), the Facets Choreographer residency in India, and the U.S. State Department Fulbright Scholarship. Born in Burkina Faso and raised in Burkina Faso and Mali, Sanou’s work is a mix of West African Mandingo traditional dances, Brazilian capoeira, and theater expressions drawn from his experiences with European stage directors. He designed an African dance curriculum at Naugatuck Valley Community College 2018-2019 and created a dance program at the civil prison of Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso). He is be a fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA 21) and a MFA student at University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Meiyin Wang, Producing Director for the Perelman Performing Arts Center, New York 

Meiyin Wang is a producer and curator of performance, and the new Producing Director of The Perelman in New York. She was the Co-Director of Under the Radar Festival, and Director of the Devised Theater Initiative at The Public Theater from 2012-2015, having started there in 2006. As a producer based in the Bay Area from 2016-2020, she has toured internationally across 4 continents. She was the Festival Director of La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls, in San Diego and the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Fellow at University of Washington in Seattle. Meiyin was born and raised in Singapore. 

Lili Chopra, Artistic Director, LMCC (Moderator) 

Lili Chopra is the Executive Director, Artistic Programs at LMCC. She oversees the residency and regranting program, as well as LMCC’s public programs, including the annual summer festival River To River, and the Arts Center at Governors Island. From 2006 to 2018 Lili was the Executive Vice President and Artistic Director of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). At FIAF, Lili founded and co-curated the Crossing the Line festival, a highly acclaimed trans-disciplinary festival featuring commissioned works with U.S. and international artists. She also co-conceived and co-curated the Tilt Kids Festival, a culturally diverse and trans-disciplinary arts festival for young audiences. Prior to her time at FIAF, Lili spent four years at New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop) as Associate Producer and as Curator of its gallery. She has also worked with numerous festivals and independent artists in France and in the U.S. as an administrator and producer.

And Amelia Parenteau, translator, will join to support translation when needed.