Theatre / Design / Music
ZHdK Project Manager
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- National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, China
- M&M Filmnetwork Shanghai, China
Videos: Workshop/Performances Zurich 2009
- Airport Fiction (Performance)
- Rich & Poor (Music Theater)
- Intercity (Multimedia Projection)
- Comfortable/Uncomfortable (Bar Installation)
(Copyright of all videos: M&M Filmnetwork Shanghai / ZHdK / NACTA)
Like no other art form Beijing Opera stands for traditional Chinese culture. In the West it is the most well-known style among the almost 300 different opera forms of traditional Chinese theatre. Traditional Chinese theatre belongs to the oldest theatre forms in the world and has its origins in the 12th century. Its highly artistic performance in various disciplines such as music, acting, dancing, martial arts, costume and scenographic design is very impressing. Like every traditional art form it is faced with the challenges of translating its historic heritage into a contemporary language and of finding ways to contribute to a thriving modern culture.
The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, China’s most important educational institution for traditional theatre art, is seeking encounters and exchange opportunities with other cultural institutions in the West in order to receive new impulses for its art form. The Academy’s initiative has been very well received at Zurich University of the Arts. We are all facing the same questions regarding constant changes in a global context, and the ZHdK offers a comparable range of art disciplines. This intercultural encounter offers the opportunity of an enriching and inspiring exchange that will certainly lead to interesting reflexions on our own culture.
1st workshop in Beijing in January 2009.
The 2nd workshop was held in Zurich from 18 August – 10 September 2009. The performances were shown at the ZHdK Festival of the Arts (Festival der Künste ZHdK) from 11-13 September 2009 (on the left side you find the links to the short video clips with rehearsals, discussions and performances of each group)
The 3rd workshop was held in Beijing from 13 August - 18 September 2010 and was concluded by the presentation of:
"Jump into the Gap"
15/16 September 2010 - NACTA - Beijing Flyer
"A fulminant and inspiring spectacle in three parts: A magical theatre play about heroes, a music performance of life and love in future times and a path of installations that opens surprising perspectives to the audience."
"Common Stage" is kindly supported by the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz.