Can “xiqu” survive?

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

Footloose in Hongkou

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 is Garbage

WRITTEN ON OCTOBER 23, 2010 Last weekend I saw a performance of three solo dance pieces entitled “Dans Storm.”  The show was presented at the Ke Center for the Performing Arts and organized by the Spanish consulate in Shanghai. The first piece was performed by Spaniard Aitana Cordero.  It consisted of her placing random objects … Continue reading