A festival of contemporary theater from around the world

Zhu Ying
The 13th ACT Shanghai International Theater Festival brings a series of innovative and imaginative performances to Shanghai.
Zhu Ying
Ti Gong

“Condanced Histories” is a hybrid of dance, lecture and talk show.

The 13th ACT Shanghai International Theater Festival (ACT2017) showcase pioneering overseas contemporary plays in Shanghai from November 16 to December 17.

With the theme of “Limitless,” ACT2017 aims to break through the shackles of traditional theater spaces and art forms, which means bringing more performances to communities and presenting more diverse and innovative performing arts.

Ten contemporary performances will be staged at Shanghai International Dance Center, 1933 Micro Theater, MoCA Shanghai and Tao Hair throughout the festival. Half of the works are part of the “Caravan Showcase” section, which displays the latest British performing arts.

“Lookout” by Andy Field is a one-on-one live art performance, featuring an encounter between an adult audience member and a child performer.

“In Good Hands,” an immersive theater by Catherine Ireton and Grace Kiely, will be staged in a barbershop. In this show, audiences will be treated as customers and some lucky members will really get a haircut.

Thomas Eccleshare’s “Perle” uses animation and original electronic music to retell a late 14th century Middle English poem – “Pearl.” The drama “Wot? No Fish!!” by Bread & Circuses, which premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, depicts an extraordinary story about love and history of a Jewish family in 19th-century London.

The theater festival will also stage a number of avant-garde productions.

“Condanced Histories” is a hybrid of dance, lecture and talk show. “Rising” is a modern dance performance exploring distinctive processes and aesthetics. And “About My Parents and Their Child” is a Chinese documentary theater based on in-depth interviews with over 10 Chinese families.

Related workshops, artistic talks and forums will also be held during ACT2017.

Visit http://act.china-drama.com/ for more information.

Ti Gong

The drama “Wot? No Fish!!” tells a story about love and history of a Jewish family.


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