Amapola Prada lives and works in Lima, Peru. Her practice navigates the intimate spaces within human beings unprocessed by consciousness and expressed by non- rational impulses to create symbolic works resonating the social conflicts of everyday life. Her performance work has been presented by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Belo Horizonte, Brasil; Performa 11; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico; and the II Bienal Internacional de Performance in Santiago de Chile, Chile. In 2011, as a Franklin Furnace Fund Fellow, her solo exhibition Modelo Para Armar: Rehearsing The City was on view at the AC Institute in New York City. She received a BA in Social Psychology from Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú.

Reality Research Center is a well-known performing arts collective based in Helsinki, Finland. Their works stem from critical perspectives that observe, question and renew the surrounding reality through performative means. During 2012-13 RRC is creating Utopian Reality, which uses the everyday as an artistic medium and invites everyone to reconfigure it with utopian practices. Symposium is conceived and performed by Maria Oiva, Jani-Petteri Olkkonen, and Tuomas Laitinen. Photography and visual design by Visa Knuuttila, and food created by Carmen C. Wong.

Mike Taylor is a writer, director, installation artist, and performer across disciplines. Her projects have been performed, read, and shown at The Kitchen, The Invisible Dog, CUCHIFRITOS art gallery, Dixon Place, La Mama, TONIC, and elsewhere. She has recently collaborated with Ralph Lemon, Lance Gries, and, her primary collaborator in this experiment, Iki Nakagawa; and has worked extensively with Meredith Monk, Yvonne Meier, Sibyl Kempson, John Jesurun, Urban Bush Women, Richard Foreman, Dar-A-Luz, Conway & Pratt Projects, The Wooster Group, The Ridiculous Theatrical Co, and many others.

Born and raised in Japan, Kikuko Tanaka is a frantic artist based in New York. She has performed and exhibited in various venues, including Smack Mellon, Momenta Art, NARS Foundation, Center for Performance Research, Amelie A.Wallace gallery at SUNY Old Westbury, Vox Populi, Arario Gallery and Panoply Performance Laboratory among others. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art Info, and Hyperallergic. She was a nominatee for a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art Grant in 2010. Her open-ended multi-media tragicomic epic, A Tragic Bambi, is fiscally-sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts. She has a cross-disciplinary background in her education. She holds a BA in Landscape Design from Chiba University, and has studied fine art at School of Visual Arts, and interdisciplinary study at Hunter College and Graduate Center, New York. She is also a co-founder/ co-director of a not-for profit organization, Agape Enterprise, Brooklyn, New York.


Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals, and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater was established by Esther Neff (Panoply Performance Lab) and Yelena Gluzman (Science Project / University of Tokyo / Ugly Duckling Presse). It is sponsored by an Honorary Fellowship for Utopian Practice from Culture Push.

To contact the organizers, please email

Yelena Gluzman makes events, social experiments, publications and communities around the collective and diverse investigation of performance as a communication system. Her projects are often site-specific, where site could be situation (e.g. an audition, a theft), genre (pornography, film), or institution (academia, publishing). Recent performance projects include Worman (2012, Prelude Festival, NYC), I Am Not Everything That Is Beside Me (2012, Whenever Wherever Festival), The Bacchae (2011, Collapsable Hole), and School for Salomes (2011, Collapsable Hole, Semiospectacle). She is a founding editor at Ugly Duckling Presse, and curates their performance series, including Emergency Index (an annual compendium of performance documents), Emergency Playscripts (a series of texts highlighting issues of notation), and the Paperless Books Department. She studied neuroscience at Barnard College, holds an MFA in theater directing from Columbia University, and is currently working toward a doctorate in Communication and Cognitive Science at UCSD.

Esther Neffis an artist, curator, and theorist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), which is a performance space in Bushwick, a flexible collective, and the moniker for her collaborative performance work with Brian McCorkle. Curatorial projects are often in the form of performative institutional critique and have included two conferences, exhibitions at Grace Exhibition Space, Vaudeville Park, BOB the Pavilion at Columbia University, SUPERFRONT at Industry City, tours to Chicago and Berlin, four years of PERFORMANCY FORUM, a monthly platform for performance art, social performance practices, and critical dialogue, and collaborative curation with IV Soldiers Gallery, The Super Coda/Valerie Kuehne, and the No Wave Performance Task Force. She is a lead organizer of the upcoming Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (July 2013). Her own work has been supported through Swing Space from LMCC and Ind-Tier from BAC, residencies at University Settlement, chashama, and LPAC, and performed around the world. 


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