Let You Be Rerun in Beijing

Voices from the North – Norwegian Contemporary Playwriting Series

Who will be there when everything falls apart?




Producer: Ibsen International

Co-Producer: Free Theatre Alliance

Supported by: Beijing International Fringe Festival

Language: Chinese

Beijing Qinglan Theatre, 25th -26th September 19:30

Small Theatre of Zhejiang Province Cultural Center, 28th September 19:30

Beijing Penghao Theatre, The 9th Nanluoguxiang Performing Arts Festival 26th-27th July, 19:30 



SYNOPSIS

An intimate and unrefined work about loneliness and sense of belonging. It is a warm summer night, and a group of boys drink beer and go for a swim. Two people come walking by. Everything goes wrong. Everybody involved needs someone with whom to share the incident. Someone to blame. They search for security, while life is destroyed. Who have you been, and who will you be when everything is turned upside down?

In the performance La deg være (Let you be) this and other stories are told through the characters Person, Friend, Acquaintance, Stranger and Enemy. Every story and every encounter is connected, and the result is a tale about loneliness, severance, a sense of belonging and who we are to each other. But this is also a story about hope, mercy and love – and about who is by our side when the Earth shatters.


Words from Director

La deg være (Let you be) is norwegian Arne Lygres latest play. Let you be consists of a flow of multiple stories, the human condition on its must vulnerable is in focus. With strong existential drive Lygre‘s universe shows life’s many dualities. The balance and interaction is always between good intentions and fatal outcome. Let you be is a thouching and brutal look into life as it occurs both as fiction and in real.

Bios 

Director: Jon Tombre

Jon Tombre was educated in Paris and Oslo with more than 60 performing arts productions. His main focus is contemporary theatre, he has staged a wide range of international and Norwegian contemporary writers as Jon Foss, Sam Sheppard, David Harrower, the Presnyakov brothers and Günter Grass . His performances are dedicated to experimentation and exploration of the fine boarders between theater, dance, visual arts and music. Jon Tombre has carved a niche for himself in the world of explorative theatre. He has several times been nominated to the Norwegian Hedda Prize and in 2014 and 2016 he was acclaimed with the Critics prize of Norway.

 

Playwright: Arne Lygre

Playwright and novelist Arne Lygre, born in Bergen in 1968, began to write drama at the age of 25. Af of now, he has written 8 stage scripts, 2 novels, and has become one of the most renown and performed Norwegian authors internationally. His work was staged in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Estonia, Portugal, France, Italy, United Kingdrom and translated in many other languages. In 2013, he won the prestigious Ibsen Prize for his play “I Disappear”. From 2014 to 2016, he was in-house playwright at Oslo’s National Theatre.

Credits:

Performers:Xiaojing Chang, Jialong Li, Hailin Wang, Xin Xu, Kan Zhou,

Translator: Wenyan Zou

Stage design: Jon Tombre

Technical Director: Qixu Wang

Costumes: Lin Song

Design: Yuanqing Wang, Jianshi Zhang

Photographer: Da Sheng, Chi Shuai

Executive Producer (Ibsen Intenational): Xiaobin Li, Jennifer Zhang

Producer (Free Theatre Alliance): Yangyang Sun, Wei Diao

Producer (Ibsen Intenational): Fabrizio Massini

I Disappear Premiere in Beijing

Voices from the North2018 – Norwegian Contemporary Playwriting Series

Venue, Date and Time:  Beijing Penghao Theatre,  at 19:30 on  July 28th  and 29th  2018.

Director: Victoria Meirik

Playwright: Arne Lygre

Performers:

Liu Dan–I 

Wang Hong – My Friend

Huang Jingxuan – My Friend’s Daughter/A Female Stranger

Zhang Xiaochen – My Husband

Crew:

Lighting operator: Jia Nan

Music Design: Wen Lvyuan

Costume Assistant: Song Lin

Graphic Design: Dynamic Wang

Script Translator:Yang Zhiyan

Script Proofreading: Zou Wenyan

Photographer: Cao Diao

Producer: Fabrizio Massini

Executive Producer:Jennifer Zhang

I Disappear by Arne Lygre won The Norwegian Ibsen Award 2013. With I Disappear Arne Lygre ensures his position as one of our most interesting playwrights.

Two women, Me and My friend, must hastily leave their country. Little will be said of the political background. For Lygre’s favourite subject is the fragility of the Self one is creating – precarious, worn down by buried memories, haunted by other possible lives. In order to ward off what is threatening them, all along their flight, Me and My friend invent strange role plays. Lygre’s playful and compelling writing tirelessly interlinks urgent situations with phantasmagorical scenarios.

“I disappear by Arne Lygre moves through a dark landscape with a female I, her girlfriend, daughter and husband. The world described is uncertain bordering the threatening. The woman is caught in a life situation, an existential crisis, she is reflecting upon. Arne Lygre uses different narrative perspectives in his examination of our time’s constant staging of one’s own identity. The form mirrors the content in an elegant, suggestive and intellectual way. The text is open as well as mysterious with many changing landscapes.

 

Dance Dramaturgy Workshop

Dance Dramaturgy Workshop Intensive Training I & II

Curated by: Thomas Shaupp, Fabrizio Massini

Produced by: Ibsen International

Supported by:

Goethe-Institut China 

Followed by the “Contextualizing Dance Dramaturgy- Workshop Series ” happened during the December 2oth til January 4th over 2017-2018 in China across Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou, Ibsen International, together with Goethe-Institut China moved steps further by continuing another two rounds of Dance Dramaturgy Workshops in Beijing consecutively  at August 27th – September 2nd (DDW I )  and at October 30th-November 1st (DDW II ), with a semi-public presentation as the end finale, enclosing a journey between German Dance Dramaturge Thomas Schaupp with a group of talented and upcoming Chinese choreographers, leaving a legacy of  dramaturgical working mode in a Chinese dance and choreographic scene and triggering possible potential international productions.

The workshop itself highlights the core priority underlying the program of Ibsen International, who experiments and pioneers the local embracement of dramarturgy not only as a methodology but also as a way of engagement.

 

LookOUT- The First Arts Festival on Gender in China

WHAT IS THE LOOKOUT FESTIVAL?

The LOOKOUT Festival is a kaleidoscopic ten-day program of performance, visual art, film, talks and creative writing, the first of its kind in China, responding to one of the great themes of our time: gender.

WHY GENDER? 

Because gender is a very crucial topic for contemporary society, especially Chinese society,
where the festival takes place. Like the universe, gender is a mutable environment determining most aspects of our lives. It determines which universities are available to us. Which jobs. What salary we can expect. Who can we choose as partner, lover, spouse. Which life-choices we are encouraged to make and which ones are denied to us. Like the universe, gender is ever-expanding: we can go beyond and discover new territories, completely different from what we are used to. To explore this universe we started the LOOKOUT Project and we now launch the LOOKOUT Festival.

WHY “LOOKOUT”? AND WHAT IS THE LOOKOUT PROJECT? 

As a name, LOOK OUT stands for “an elevated place affording a wide view for observation”. As a verb, it means “be vigilant and take notice”. Our platform is meant to be both. A space to acquire new information that gives a clearer view on gender. A permanent observatory to keep a watchful eye on what surrounds us. An open space, for everyone.

The LOOKOUT Project is the framework grouping together the 3 programs that we
started in 2018 to focus on gender and performing arts, +1 section for invited performances. The 3 programs are:

SPEAK OUT – Cross-disciplinary lecture series. What does it mean to “perform gender” in daily life? How does the body “talk” on- and off-stage? How are gender norms changing world-wide? And how will this process play out in the future? In this lecture series, experts from the academic world, the performing arts and the cultural sector SpeakOUT on matters of gender. See Session 1, Session 2, Session 3

 

China Coming OUT – creative writing workshop for LGBTQ+ youths. Under the guidance of dramaturgs, LGBTQ+ youth learn the basic principles of dramaturgy and script-writing, to tell their Coming OUT stories in the form of short monologues. The workshop takes place in different cities across China in collaboration with local organizations; each session is followed by a script reading event. Session 1 and 2

 

TRYOUT – Platform for young talents. TRYOUT is a platform to support performances centered on gender by young talents. We give young artists a venue, a small production grant, and support them develop their work from ideation to execution. The 2018 edition of TRYOUT is realized in collaboration with the Faculty for Dramaturgy and Applied Theatre Studies of the Central Academy of Drama.

 

PRETTY COOL! BUT I NEVER HEARD ABOUT THIS! YOU GUYS SUCK AT PROMOTION…

Possibly. But you need to understand that we are walking on thin ice by organizing this kind of festival in China…so we released info very late, to avoid unwanted attention…
If you want to know more about it have a look at the PRESS we’ve had so far (btw: we love you!)

THEATRE TIMES (English)

THE BEIJINGER (English)

VICE (Chinese)

 

 

 

Artistic Director: Fabrizio Massini
Co-Curators:  Hege Randi Tørrensen (China ComingOUT section), Li Yinan, Kai Tuchmann (TryOUT section), Martin Yang (ReachOUT section)

Executive Producer: Lai Huihui
Production Manager:Zhang Cui
Technical Director: Wang Qixu

Graphic Design: Li Jia
Exhibition Design: Wang Jiang
Tickets: Cui Zixiao
Onsite Coordinator: Qi Chang, Jeremy McFarland
Promotion: Chen Ran, Lu Shiya, Lv Yuzhou

Organizer: Ibsen International
Co-organizer: China AIDS Walk
In Collaboration with: Faculty for Dramaturgy and Applied Theatre Studies of the Central Academy of Drama
Supported by: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, Goethe-Institut China, Frontier Center

SpeakOUT Series — Lecture 3: Gender, Documentary and Activism

SPEAK OUT – Gender takes center stage

What’s different scares us, but also makes us curious. Like ignorance generates fear, so does understanding lead to acceptance. And creates the possibility for beauty.

In the SpeakOUT series, performing artists and academics from China and abroad turn the spotlight on gender. What does it mean to “perform gender” in our daily life? How does the body “talk” on stage? How are gender norms changing around the world? And what role can performing arts play in this change?

GENDER & PERFORMANCE

Like actors in a play, it is not our physical body that creates our “character” within society. Through costumes, make-up, the tone of voice and quality of the movements, each of us perform a role (man, woman) that changes in different scenes (single, married, wife, son, etc). If we follow the script we get to play the Goody (a Real Man, a Respectable Woman etc). If we don’t, we are left with the Villain or the Misfit (the Pervert, the Spinster etc).

But what if we wanted a different plot? What if we threw away stock characters and create a multifaceted role for ourselves? Like Nora says in “Doll’s House”, before all else, before all roles and labels, we are human beings. We have the power to change the script, and make our life an unforgettable show.

LECTURE 3: Gender, Documentary Film-making and Activism

The performance/performativity of gender may sound like an obscure, abstract concept, but its impact is very concrete. How do art and activism can be combined to tackle societal issues in practice? Leading documentary film maker Fan Popo shares excerpts from his films, his perspective on gender performance, and his experience as LGBTQ+ “artivist”. Follows Q&A session with the participants.

Curator: Fabrizio Massini
Produced by: Ibsen International

TIME & LOCATION:

19th May, 14:00
Location:Bookworm, Beijing
Screening + Talk with Fan Popo

 

About the Lecturer: FAN POPO

Popo Fan is a leading filmmaker and activist based in Beijing who is outspoken for LGBT rights in the field of media production and distribution. Popo graduated from Beijing Film Academy and is the author of the book “Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films”, the first book on the topic published in mainland China. His films have been shown widely in international film festivals and circulated domestically via the Internet as well as community screenings. His films featured topics such as same-sex marriage (“New Beijing, New Marriage”), transgender (“Be A Woman”), feminism (“The VaChina Monologues”). His trilogy on LGBT families in China (“Chinese Closet”, “Mama Rainbow”, “Papa Rainbow”) had made strong impact in Chinese society.

 

Speak OUT Series — Lecture 2: PERFORMATIVITY OF QUEERNESS

SPEAK OUT – Gender takes center stage

What’s different scares us, but also makes us curious. Like ignorance generates fear, so does understanding lead to acceptance. And creates the possibility for beauty.

In the SpeakOUT series, performing artists and academics from China and abroad turn the spotlight on gender. What does it mean to “perform gender” in our daily life? How does the body “talk” on stage? How are gender norms changing around the world? And what role can performing arts play in this change?

GENDER & PERFORMANCE

Like actors in a play, it is not our physical body that creates our “character” within society. Through costumes, make-up, the tone of voice and quality of the movements, each of us perform a role (man, woman) that changes in different scenes (single, married, wife, son, etc). If we follow the script we get to play the Goody (a Real Man, a Respectable Woman etc). If we don’t, we are left with the Villain or the Misfit (the Pervert, the Spinster etc).

But what if we wanted a different plot? What if we threw away stock characters and create a multifaceted role for ourselves? Like Nora says in “Doll’s House”, before all else, before all roles and labels, we are human beings. We have the power to change the script, and make our life an unforgettable show.

 

LECTURE 3: PERFORMANCE & PERFORMATIVITY OF QUEERNESS

 

 

“Bodies matter”, as Judith Butler points out. For artists who employ their bodies in performance, how to identify, perceive, and present their bodies is vital for the creativity, authenticity, and expression of their art works. Living in a heteronormative social environment where various walls have been erected (heterosexuality VS homosexuality, normal VS pervert, legal VS illegal), artists need to question their socially given subjectivity in order to achieve a breakthrough. In this context “queer” refer not only to sexual and gender minorities, but also to the abnormality, deviance, and alternative ideologies and lifestyles of marginal communities. The “performance of queerness” can produce an effect of theatricality, as a sign empty of meaning and the meaning of all signs.

 

In this lecture, Dr. Wang introduces the theoretical basics of queer theory and its intersection with performance/performativity. Moreover, he explores how the dance-theatre performance “Disco-TECA” fuses academic research, stage craft, and offstage activity together, thus perform the performativity of sexuality, gender, and queer in the “carnivalesque” of Disco from the 1980s to the 2010s.

Curator: Fabrizio Massini
Produced by: Ibsen International

TIME & LOCATION:

8th May, 14:00
Location:Xiaozhong Bookstore, Beijing

About the Lecturer: Dr. QIAN WANG

 

Qian Wang. Dr Qian Wang earned his PhD in popular music studies from the Institute of Popular Music, the University of Liverpool, and did his post-doctoral research at the Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University. He is currently a visiting scholar at the School of Literature and Journalism, Sichuan University, and a visiting scholar of Fudan Journalism School. His research is mainly focused on the interrelationship between Chinese/Sinophone popular music and China’s society. He is interested in issues such as sexuality, gender, queer, politics, and social movements, which objectively reflect the transformation of China since the economic reform in 1979.

In 2015 Qian joined Ibsen International’s dance theatre performance “Disco-Teca” as a cultural consultant. Besides providing the artistic team with in-depth knowledge about disco music’s social, political and cultural context, Qian follows the production to give lectures and attend Q&A discussion, thus giving this production a truly interdisciplinary (performative+academic) profile.

 

SpeakOUT Series — Lecture 1: LGBTQ & PERFORMANCE

SPEAK OUT – Gender takes center stage

What’s different scares us, but also makes us curious. Like ignorance generates fear, so does understanding lead to acceptance. And creates the possibility for beauty.

In the SpeakOUT series, performing artists and academics from China and abroad turn the spotlight on gender. What does it mean to “perform gender” in our daily life? How does the body “talk” on stage? How are gender norms changing around the world? And what role can performing arts play in this change?

GENDER & PERFORMANCE

Like actors in a play, it is not our physical body that creates our “character” within society. Through costumes, make-up, the tone of voice and quality of the movements, each of us perform a role (man, woman) that changes in different scenes (single, married, wife, son, etc). If we follow the script we get to play the Goody (a Real Man, a Respectable Woman etc). If we don’t, we are left with the Villain or the Misfit (the Pervert, the Spinster etc).

But what if we wanted a different plot? What if we threw away stock characters and create a multifaceted role for ourselves? Like Nora says in “Doll’s House”, before all else, before all roles and labels, we are human beings. We have the power to change the script, and make our life an unforgettable show.

 

courtesy GenderBender

LECTURE 1: LGBT& PERFORMANCE

In recent years, contemporary dance has been flourishing through both the emergence of new talents and the success of established artists. This lecture takes us on an intriguing voyage showcasing some of the young protagonists of this new Renaissance. A generation of artists under-35 that, through their unique language and style, explores the theme of gender at large. From Alessandro Sciarroni’s finesse to Silvia Gribaudi’s irony, from Giorgia Nadin’s investigations of the feminine to Chiara Bersani’s psychological subtlety, from Francesca Foscarini’s energetic performances to Riccardo Buscarini’s masterful composition. A feast for the eyes and the soul that, through images and clips from their works, displays the secrets behind their critical and box-office success. And an overview on the springboard that launched them: GenderBender, the international Festival that for 15 editions has introduced new imagery related to gender identities, sexual orientations and bodily representations.

Curator: Fabrizio Massini
Produced by: Ibsen International
Supported by: Italian Institute of Culture – Beijing (Beijing session), iPanda (Shanghai session), Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou, ErGao Production (Guangzhou session)

TIME & LOCATION:
Beijing Session: April 7th, 2018 a’t Italian Institute of Culture
Shanghai Session: April 10th, 2018 at NEXTMIXING
Guangzhou Session: April 12th, 2018 at Ergao Dance Production Group

 

Shanghai Session

Shanghai Session

Guangzhou Station

Guangzhou Station

 

About the Lecturer: DANIELE DEL POZZO

Graduated in letters and philosophy from the University of Bologna, Daniele is a curator, producer and event organizer. Active in the cultural scene of central Italy, in the 1980s he founded and led the Libera Universita’ Omosessuale, a free platform aimed at facilitating the dialogue on gay and lesbian culture and identity. In the following years he curated film festivals and cultural programs for the municipalities of Bologna and Ancona. Since 2005 Daniele is also curator of the summer cultural event program “bè bolognaestate” and in 2008 has curated “Body Double”, selection of documentaries for the International Photography week in Reggio Emilia.

China ComingOUT – Creative Writing for LGBTQ Youth

 

China ComingOUT is a creative writing workshop dedicated to LGBTQ+ youths. The workshop combines writing and performing in a wholesome way, to empower young people from the Chinese LGBTQ community by using theatrical dramaturgy as a core method. Each workshop lasts for 4, intensive days, and includes lectures on storytelling, dramaturgical techniques, writing sessions, and voice- and physical training. The main goal is to support the LGBTQ community to be heard by the society through artistic tools. The program is curated by Ibsen International in collaboration with Queer University (Beijing).

SESSION 1: 31st-Feb. 4th, 2018 @ Destination/Beijing Gender BEIJING
SESSION 2*: May 23rd-May 26th, 2018 @ Zizai Studio, Shanghai
* Part of ShanghaiPRIDE 2018

 

ABOUT THE MENTORS:

Hege Randi Tørressen is a Norwegian theatre practitioner based in Oslo. She studied at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, where she received a master’s degree in theatre and literature. During more than 25 years, she has worked on more than 100 theatre productions in Norwegian, German, English and Chinese language. For the last 17 years she has worked as dramaturge at the National Theatre (Nationaltheatret) in Oslo. She is a consultant for “International Ibsen Festival”  and has been a jury member of the Norwegian Ibsen Prize for 7 years.

Fabrizio Massini received an MA in Chinese Theatre and Film from the University of London (SOAS), furthered his studies with a research residency at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. Based in China since 2009, Fabrizio worked as artistic consultant and producer for several institutions including Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Guangzhou Dance Festival, Beijing Theatre Olympics and others. He gave guest lecturesat the Danish National School of Performing Arts, National Theatre Company of China, Macau Contemporary Dance Festivals and others. Current artistic director of Ibsen International (Norway/China), Fabrizio curated projects connecting dramaturges from Norway, Denmark, Germany and Slovenia with Chinese practitioners.

Wei Jiangang was born and raised in Xinjiang, China. He was trained as an actor at the drama department of the Xinjiang Arts Institute in Urumqi and at the Shanghai Drama Academy. Having a passion for community work and a drive to contribute to social change, he has continually searched for meaningful ways to share his drama skills with others and to use them in socially relevant ways. During recent years he started to engage himself on the production side of various film- and other productions benefiting different social movements in China. In 2007, he founded the LGBT webcast “Queer Comrades”, for which he hosted and directed more than 50 half-hour episodes. Since 2010, he’s the executive director of the NGO Beijing Gender which houses the webcast Queer Comrades.  Founded in 2002, it constitutes one of the first Chinese NGOs to focus on issues of gender, sexuality and sexual health, thus fulfilling a pioneering role in Chinese society.

 

ABOUT THE PARTNERS:

Queer University was founded in 2012, it is a 7-day training workshop organized annually in order to help LGBTQ community to use camera as a tool to extend their voices, the workshop includes trainings on film editing, cutting and on-site operation, encouraging trainees to document stories happening around LGBTQ community and to lead with social advocacy. The program also funds outstanding trainees with one-year long documentary film project, so to realize their dreams of artistic creation, meanwhile hoping to start out with more diversified artistic creation trainings for a more culturally and socially plural platform.

Shanghai Pride began in 2009 and is an annual festival that celebrates diversity. Organized entirely by volunteers with the support of media, businesses, individuals, and foreign consulates. Aim to raise awareness and visibility, and to promote self-acceptance and acceptance for the LGBTQ community through sports, cultural, and social activities. Encourage the community and partners to support LGBTQ-related projects and initiatives. Grown from eight organizers and a modest gathering of 3,000 attendees in 2009, to 30 organizers and 6,500 attendees in 2017 with over 30 different sports, social, and cultural events.

ZHITONG LGBT: We grounded ourselves in the community, advocating the equality of LGBTI and gender diversity into public services. We innovated gay-friendly clinic in Guangdong and in Xi’an. Meanwhile, we promote and push the collaboration with governemntal and education department for health and education program, among which we have Peers Out-extending Education, Gender/Medical Community Worker, Gender-Friendly Clinic, Anti-discrimination Campaign etc.. We provide non-profit services for tens of thousands of people annually.

 

Web Traffic A Multimedia Dance Theatre


Jan.5-7th, 2018

Shanghai International Dance Center 

Duration : 60 min 

Creative Team: 

Concept: Jiang Fan, Zhuang Jiayun 

Playwright, Dramaturge: Zhuang Jiayun 

Choreographer: Jiang Fan

Music Design: A Ming

Light Design/Stage Design:  Edwin van Steenbergen 

Visual Design: Yao (爻) Multi-media Studio 

Costume Design: Xu Congting 

Performers: Jiang Fan, Edwin van Steenbergen, A Ming 

Technician: Xu Xiangen

Stage Manager: Cai Siqi

Graphic Design: Pang Zhengye

Promotion: Li Nuoya, Han Chenyi 

Photography: Yin Xuefeng, Huang Zhihao, Yang Yang

Video Documentary: Li Xinmin, Zou Xueping, Huang Zhihao

Commissioned by Shanghai International Dance Center with the support from Ibsen International. 

Introduction:

Web Traffic cuts in the topic with the popularized symbol of online live streaming female host, in the form of multi-media and dancing theatre, with the aid of live broadcasting, touching the live streaming economy and its presentation mechanism. It also presents, through this interchangeable sub-cultural ecology and during the process of self realization of belonging and social-value, the parties of the seen and the seeing who are both sandwiched between reality and illusion.

In Web Traffic, the hostess Liu Xiaoliang and her team have struggled in the chain of live streaming industry under the fierce reshuffling pressure. The supervision system is raising the bar of censorship, commercial platform is hardening rules towards continuous live streaming, audiences are asking for upgraded interactive experiences——Liu Xiaoliang and her team are searching for rules to gain upper-hand in this game, in other words, searching for oneself.






Contextualizing Dance Dramaturgy – Workshop Series

Curated by: Thomas Shaupp, Fabrizio Massini

Produced by: Ibsen International

Supported by:

Goethe Institut China (Beijing session) (December 22nd, 2017)

ErGao Performance Workshop (Guangzhou session) (December, 25th, 2017)

We Festival of Future (Shanghai Session) (December, 30th, 2017)

Photo credit: Ruqing Xu

Dramaturgy is a relatively new profession in the dance-field, especially in modern and contemporary dance and physically-based performance practices. As a notion, Dramaturgy can be defined as “the evolution of ideas through time” and “the compositional, cohesive, or sense-making aspects of a performance”. Dramaturgy can also be understood as a collaborative practice connecting art world and society, or translating the art work for its audience. The dramaturge, acting as an “outside eye”, assists the choreographers in building up the journey of a dance work by questioning, contextualizing and observing.

Beijing session

Between December 20 and January 4, dance dramaturg Thomas Shaupp and Ibsen International’s artistic director Fabrizio Massini will travel to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai to meet local dance artists. In each city we will also organize theoretical-practical Workshop sessions to discuss and share concepts of Dramaturgy, both historical and contemporary, and their relevance within the dance field. Through simple exercises we will introduce different dramaturgical methods that can be adopted to different creative processes. By sharing and discussing experiences and methods with local practitioners, we will pay special attention to comparing the European and Chinese scenes, to identify commonalities and differences.

Beijing session

Some of our leading questions are: how to contextualize oneself (as an artist, choreographer, dancer) in a cultural environment? How to articulate one’s intentions (to curators, the audience, one’s team etc) precisely?

Guangzhou SessionGuangzhou Session

The emerging findings will be a starting point for the development of the program “Dance Dramaturgy in China” in the coming year(s).

Shanghai Session 

Shanghai session

Thomas Schaupp

BIO

Thomas Schaupp, Berlin, studied theatre- and dance-theory at Freie Universität Berlin. As a dance-dramaturge he is collaborating with several choreographers, currently with Kat Válastur, Anne-Mareike Hess, Stian Danielsen as well as for the festival “Tanztage Berlin”. As a lecturer and critic he has been invited to festivals and conferences across Europe and Canada. In the season 2014/15 he was resident critic at ada-studio Berlin. Thomas is a guest-teacher at the Inter-University Centre for Dance in Berlin and facilitates workshops on dance-dramaturgy and the dramaturgical in choreographic centres across Europe. In 2017, he is co-curating the conference “Lab:Dance – (Dance)Dramaturgy as a collaborative practice”, in collaboration with the festival “CPH Stage” in Copenhagen.

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