In partnership with Shanghai’s 3rd Culture Theater and Shanghai Rock Bund Art Museum, I am directing a Chinese-language reading of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. The performance will take place at Rock Bund on December 24th at 3pm.
I spent the last week of November in Shangrila in northern Yunnan province. Only a decade ago, Shangrila, then called Zhongdian, was a small Tibetan town situated in an alpine valley. Then, in 2001, the government decided to develop the city and boost tourism by renaming the city “Shangrila,” thereby invoking the mystical utopia depicted … Continue reading
During September I served as a coordinator and group leader for the Cambridge School of Weston’s Confucius Project – a month long tour and study of traditional Chinese theater in Mainland China. The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive private high school located outside of Boston (see http://www.csw.org/confucius for more info). This past spring … Continue reading
Notes from the 33rd Annual International Theatre Institute World Congress in Xiamen, China This past week I attended the bi-annual ITI World Congress in Xiamen, southeastern China. The ITI is one of the largest international theater networks comprised by delegations in over 60 countries and administered under the umbrella of UNESCO. I attended the congress … Continue reading
Over the past month or so, I’ve been collaborating with the Rock Bund Art Museum to organizing a series of performance workshops called “This is how I do it.” All together I organized three performance workshops that aimed to serve as a platform for the public to engage with Chinese artists about their work. Each … Continue reading
Tonight I went to Lai Lai Dance Hall in Hongkou district with some friends. While there are several gay bars in Shanghai, Lai Lai is a gay social venue unlike any other. The hall opened in 2001 and offers a uniquely discreet and traditionally Chinese way for older Chinese gay men to mingle. The hall … Continue reading
This semester, every class I teach begins with mopping the floor. Well, not really. It’s much more than mopping. It’s more like a glorified floor-scrubbing /yoga/meditative/stretching ritual. My students and I each grab a scrap of rag, wet it in our bucket, and kneel on the floor. With our first exhalation, we extend our arms … Continue reading
I learned a Chinese phrase recently: 介入点. The first verb, “jieru,” means to intervene, get involved, or enter. “Dian” means point or spot. I would translate the phrase as “entry-point.” When any artist goes about creating their work, they need an “entry-point.” In one sense, this “entry-point” is practical, it may literally be the first … Continue reading