Global Conversations: Wang Chong, Experimental Theatre Director from Beijing

Global Conversations:  Wang Chong, Experimental Theatre Director from Beijing

Wang Chong is a writer, director, translator and the founder and artistic director of Beijing-based performance group Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, one of the leading experimental groups in China today. A UK-based magazine International Arts Manager notes, “Taking a radical approach to both form and text, Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental has been changing the face of China’s theatrical landscape.”  Wang Chong has been invited to 17 countries to present his work.

For almost two decades, Wang Chong has devoted himself to experimental theatre movement: he translates and deconstructs canonical texts and writes new ones, experiments with language, multimedia format, and other modes of expression, challenges status quo, and pushes physical and interdisciplinary boundaries for performers. In April 2020 Wang directed an online performance of Waiting for Godot. With four actors performing live from three cities including Wuhan, the epicenter of Covid-19 in lockdown, the performance attracted a record-breaking 290,000 spectators worldwide.

Since 2016, Wang has stopped using cellphone and social networks. He currently lives in The Deelectrified Territory (TDT), a self-designed Beijing apartment that has no electricity and no

electronics. 

The event includes a conversation with Wang Chong, which is facilitated by Eva Chengyuan Huang, PhD student of Drama. Wang will also present some of his work and participate in a Q&A after the main presentation.

Event Details

  • When: Thursday, October 22, 6 - 7:20 p.m. PDT
  • Where: Zoom Meeting
  • Organizer: Daphne Lei (email)
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