ASSITEJ Pakistan hosted a virtual edition of Next Generation Program online. As 2020’s edition of Next Generation in Pakistan was postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020, a virtual edition was planned.
In the online edition of 3rd Next Generation Program hosted by ASSITEJ Pakistan, 19 artists from 9 countries including Germany, USA, Sri Lanka, Russia, Australia, Namibia, Iran, Philippine and Pakistan participated virtually from 13 to 15 November, 2020. This online residency program engaged selected participants of 2020 NG and invited alumni from previous two years hosted in Pakistan.
This edition consisted of individual presentations from participants, collaborative performance making and live public showcases. Three showcase virtual performances were designed, rehearsed and performed on the last date, 15th November 2020. Presentations from the participants and discussion sessions were broadcasted live.
Three final showcase performances including “Finding”, “Fragments” and “It’s a New World” were also broadcasted live. Final showcase performances enthralled the viewers and very positive response received through social media.
Discussions were also part of the program on topics such as performing arts in digital space, opportunities and challenges, collaborations and future and how TYA can work on the new normal.
There was an open exchange of ideas and reviews, which added to everyone’s knowledge and exposure. The online Residency Project, despite all hurdles faced was a huge success.