New Texts, New Stage – SESSION 3

workshop for directors

Concept: Inger Buresund, Hege Randi Tørressen
Head Dramaturge: Hege Randi Tørressen
Co-dramaturge, Project Manager: Fabrizio Massini
Directors: Victoria Meirik (Norway), Jonas Petersen (Denmark), Zhang Hui (China), Liu Zheng (China)
Actors: Yi Hang, Ruan Sihang, Fang Li, Zhao Hongwei, Ma Zhuo, Han Wenliang, Zhao Xiaolu, Li Bo, Wu Genghua, Yuan Fufu, He Yang, Bai Hua, Wang Yuanqing, Xiao Fuchun
Interpreters: Zhang Cui, Ding Yi


FLAGAfter one year and two sessions dedicated to the development of original scripts (see SESSION 1 and SESSION 2), the third session of “New Text, New Stage” was focused on the staging of the four texts. Four directors from Norway, Denmark and China have lead a group of 13 Chinese actors during a 5-days-long workshop. At the end of the workshop, the directors presented a mise-en-espace of excerpts from the scripts (15-20 minutes each) during a final event held on May 10th.
This session of “New Text, New Stage” also marks an important step in the collaboration with local organizations and institutions. The workshop was co-produced by the Beijing Writers and Dramatists Association and supported by the Community Center of Dongcheng District, Pioneer Theatre (National Theatre of China) and SETA. The final event, held at the Pioneer Theatre, was attended by over 250 people and followed with interest by local theatre practitioners and theatergoers.


The main goal of this session was twofold. On one hand, by assigning the text to a director coming from a different background (Norwegian texts assigned to Chinese directors and vice-versa), we tried to avoid conventional renditions of the script (e.g. based on local stylistic and formal motifs) in order to explore alternative readings and possibilities.  This represented an opportunity for the playwrights to receive valuable feedback on their work and observe their texts from an original perspective. On the other hand, the four mise-en-espace represent a first step towards the development of full-scale productions.


“Beijing North” by Liu Yinshi
Director: Jonas Petersen (Denmark)

“Tall Tall Mountains and Strange Birds” by Oda Fiskum
Director: Zhang Hui (China)

“The Weight of Marriage” by Zhao Xun
Director: Victoria Meirik (Norway)

“Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song” by Marco Vitanza
Director: Liu Zheng (China)




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