ACT to open on Nov 5

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By ZHANG KUN in Shang­hai


Six­teen con­tem­po­rary theater pro­duc­tions from home and abroad will be pre­sented at Shang­hai Dra­matic Arts Cen­ter (SDAC) and 1933 Mi­cro Theater from Nov 5 to Dec 11 as part of the 12th ACT Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Theatre Fes­ti­val (ACT 2016), an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of theater works.

The theme for this year’s fes­ti­val is “Her­itage and Present” and it con­sists of in­vi­ta­tion and show­case projects.

The open­ing show of ACT 2016 will be Fatzer by Ja­panese theater com­pany Chiten, one of the five in­vited guests for the event. Adapted from an un­fin­ished long poem by Ger­man poet and play­wright Ber­tolt Brecht, the play tells a tale of de­spair set in World War I and fea­tures a touch of the au­thor’s trade­mark hu­mor.

Since its pre­miere in 2013, the play, which fea­tures elec­tronic mu­sic as well as a dy­namic and tense at­mos­phere, has been her­alded as Chiten’s most in­no­va­tive cre­ation.

Also on the in­vi­ta­tion list is Hong Kong di­rec­tor Tang ShuWing’s play Ti­tus An­dron­i­cus 2.0, a theater adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s tragedy of the same ti­tle.

Tang’s ap­proach com­bines in­ten­sive col­lab­o­ra­tive train­ing and mul­ti­ple nar­ra­tions from im­pro­vised ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, cre­at­ing an ad­ven­tur­ous ex­pe­di­tion to all pos­si­bil­i­ties of theater.

Yu Rongjun, artis­tic di­rec­tor of SDAC, said that the ACT had in 2005 be­come the first plat­form in China to host out­stand­ing con­tem­po­rary plays on the in­ter­na­tional stage. The fes­ti­val has since been ex­panded ev­ery year, with ACT hav­ing show­cased al­most 100 plays through­out the past decade.

This year, the pro­duc­tions fea­tured at the event hail from 10 coun­tries and are pre­sented in the lan­guage of the coun­try they orig­i­nate from, with Chi­nese and English sub­ti­tles made avail­able for au­di­ences.

Guests can buy tick­ets to each of the plays or opt in­stead for the ACT Oc­to­pus card which gives them ac­cess to any eight pro­duc­tions dur­ing the fes­ti­val.


A scene from Hong Kong di­rec­tor Tang Shu-Wing’s play Ti­tus An­dron­i­cus2.0 .

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