Network Performing Arts Production Workshop 2020 Canceled

In light of the current circumstances related to the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, our host for the 2020 Network Performing Arts Production Workshop (NPAPW), has issued a cancellation of all events of 50 or more.  Given the uncertain timeframe for containment, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the upcoming NPAPW workshop, 21-23 April 2020, with full support from Internet2, GÉANT, NYSERNet, and the 2020 NPAPW Program Committee.

It is our hope that, by making this decision, we are part of the solution in controlling the COVID-19 outbreak, rather than asking attendees to risk travel and exposure.   Given the unique expertise of the advanced networked performing arts community, the program committee is exploring options for sharing content, updates, and exciting case studies in a virtual environment to keep the community engaged.   We are also exploring the location and cadence of future meetings and will communicate those decisions soon.

Internet2 will issue refunds of conference registration fees and will contact registered attendees separately with information on the refund process.   If you have booked your hotel using the links to the NPAPW room block, room reservations can be canceled without penalty (up to 24 hours prior to arrival for the Best Western Hotel, and 48 hours for the Courtyard Marriott).   

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.




Tuesday, April 21st, 2020


9:00   Registration Opens (EMPAC Lobby)

9:30-12:00   Performing Arts and Advanced Networking 101 (EMPAC Studio 1)

    • Justin Trieger, New World Symphony

12:00-13:00   Buffet Lunch (Studio Beta)

13:00-13:30   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Welcome

    • John Kolb, RPI CIO
    • Mary Simoni, RPI Dean, HASS
    • Ann Doyle, Internet2, Community Engagement

13:30-14:30   Technology Overview and Updates

    • LOLA – Claudio Allocchio, GARR
    • UltraGrid – Miloš Liška, CESNET
    • MVTP – Jiří Melnikov, CESNET
    • JackTrip – TBD
    • Emerging Tech – TBD

14:30-15:00   Break

15:00-16:00   Music Technology Presentations (EMPAC Studio 1)

    • Intimate Distance and a Wide Beat: Reflections on the Poetics and Politics of Telematic Music – Michael Dessen, UC Irvine
    • Creating Online Musical Performance Environments Using Video Gaming Engines and Technologies – Rob Hamilton, RPI
    • How to Carry Out a Large Scale Distance Performance, with Small Scale Manpower – Jesper Anderson, RDAM
    • Invited guest – Tania Lisboa, RCM

16:00-16:30   Open Rehearsal (multi-site performance: EMPAC Concert Hall)

16:30-17:30   EMPAC Tour

Departs from EMPAC Lobby. **Note: there will be four tour groups.

17:30-19:00   Reception and Dinner (EMPAC Evelyn’s Cafe)

19:00-21:00   Multi-site Performances (EMPAC Concert Hall 1)

    • “Contemporary Conducting for Telematic Music,” multi-site performance with Stonybrook and RPI – Sarah Weaver, NowNet Arts
    • “Tunin,” multi-site performance with RPI and University of Michigan – Rob Hamilton, RPI


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020


8:00-9:00   Breakfast on your own

9:00-9:30   Debrief (EMPAC TBD)

Q&A with tech staff, producers, performers from Zurich University of the Arts.

9:30-10:00   Overview of Installations (EMPAC Studio 1)

    • Matthew Gantt, RPI
    • Eli Fieldsteel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10:00-10:30   Installations

“Global Village Substrate” – Gantt (Darrin Communications Center)

A Server-Based Model for Distributed Control Data – Fieldsteel (EMPAC Lobby)

10:30-11:00   Break

11:00-12:00   Dante Networking: Mårten Fröjdö (EMPAC Studio Beta)

A demonstration in setting up a remote performance with Nimbras and Dante protocol. Hands-on workshop from unboxing to a functioning three-way network.

12:00-13:00   Lunch (EMPAC Mezzanine)

**Installations Open

13:00-13:30   Steinway Spirio Demo (EMPAC Concert Hall)

**30 minutes each in two groups of two

13:30-14:00   Steinway Spirio Demo (EMPAC Concert Hall)

**30 minutes each in two groups of two

14:00-15:00   Higher Education Policies, Challenges, Implications Panel

    • SWING Project – Claudio Allocchio, GARR
    • Intermusic Project by the Music Academies in Lithuania, Milan and Copenhagen – Jesper Andersen, RDAM
    • John Kieser, New World Symphony
    • John Kolb, RPI
    • David Spencer, University of Memphis

15:00-15:30   Break

15:30-16:30   Co-Creation Panel (EMPAC Studio 1)

Co-creation Lab: Convergences in Performing Arts, Sciences and ICT. Co-creation Lab, in its first edition, is a research and intervention project in the framework of Cultural Ring in Uruguay. Collective creation networking throughout advanced internet is the proposal, from transdisciplinary approach in Arts & Science + ICT. The Lab for human and technology experimentation had a distributed modality, where the co-creators will be in a live connection from different countries, regions and continents.

    • Introduction: Delma Rodriguez, Central Ring Uruguay
    • Convergences in Performing Arts: Justin Trieger, New World Symphony; Tom Gorman, Coventry University; and Claudio Allocchio, Swing-project (Trieste, Vienna, Ljubljana)

16:30-17:00   Bus to CRAIVE Lab

**Depart from EMPAC Lobby

17:00-18:30  CRAIVE Lab Tour and Multi-site Performance

    • “Moving Screens, Sounds, and Bodies” – Patrick Müller, Zurich University of the Arts, Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology

18:30-19:00 Bus from CRAIVE Lab to Pat’s Barn

19:00-21:00   Dinner at Pat’s Barn

Opening remarks and keynote speaker, Dr. Shirley Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution.


Thursday, April 23rd, 2020


8:00-9:00   Breakfast on your own

9:00-10:00   Theater Technology Presentations Panel

Tom Gorman, Coventry University

The Immersive Telepresence in Theatre project repurposes a variety of telepresence technologies/web-based applications to investigate actor training, rehearsal, education and performance. In this project, two identical spaces, linked by H.323 videoconferencing technology, were created in Tampere (Finland) and Coventry (UK), each with rear projection screens giving the participants the impression of a shared space.

Sylvia Lane, Bath Spa University

Internationalisation, globalisation, and digital communication play an integral part in both, the creation of new theatre works and the facilitation of effective and progressive teaching and learning environments.

Marina Hanganu, The “George Ciprian” Theatre Buzău, Romania

Examine the phases of creation and presentation of “Tele-Encounters: The Planet of Lost Dreams Telematic Theatre Performance.” “Tele-Encounters” explored telepresence and family relationships in the context of migration from a sociological and artistic standpoint. The theatre play is thus based on interviews with Romanian migrants in Spain and left-behind children and spouses in Romania. It is the story of a family separated by migration.

Matt Parkin, Royal College of Music; Leanne King, Central Schools of Ballet; and Anthony Quinn, LAMDA

Virtual Conservatoire Project

10:00-10:30   Steinway Spirio Demo (EMPAC Concert Hall)

10:30-11:00   Break

11:00-12:00   Dance Technology Presentations (EMPAC Studio 1)

    • Maria Isabel Gandia, CSUC
    • Faridah Noor, APAN
    • Renata Kreil, ACOnet
    • Gary Galbraith, Case Western

12:00-12:30   Thank You and Wrap Up (EMPAC Studio 1)

12:30 Departure