Presenter Interview プレゼンターインタビュー
The mission of the Under The Radar festival
as a leader in the US performing arts scene
The Under The Radar festival is held annually in New York just prior to the Association for Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) meeting in New York that gathers presenters and producers from throughout the country. As its name implies, the festival presents cutting-edge works that are not on the mainstream radar and not performed at the major theaters. Under The Radar was launched experimentally at the St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2005 with the aim of bringing such cutting-edge works to the attention of a larger audience. Since the following year, UTR’s main venue has been New York’s Public Theater, where this year’s festival presented 14 works from nine countries beginning on January 4th. In this interview we spoke with the founder of UTR and longtime leader of the New York arts scene as director of P.S.122 one of the most influential presenters in North America, Mark Russell. He gives us a picture of his vision and the challenges of UTR.
[Interviewer: Yoko Shioya , Artistic Director of Japan Society, New York]