“Contemporary Theater Arts” Seminar Series No. 17

Theater Identity 


March 15, 2023, Wednesday, CET 13:00 PM, Beijing Time 20:00 PM

Zoom: https://uni-goettingen.zoom.us/j/64857394408

Meeting ID: 648 5739 4408

Hosts: Prof. Dr. Ziwen Gao (Nanjing University), Dr. Yumin Ao (The University of Göttingen)

Zhang Xian is a playwright, theater director, social choreographer, and arts activist. As one of the first independent and avant-garde dramatists in post-Mao China, he has long been grounded in civil society, initiating several NGO art groups, pan-theater spaces, and festivals in Shanghai. He is committed to socio-theatrical initiatives to raise self-awareness among people and transform lives. In 2005 he co-founded The Niao Collective, a consensus group of independent artists, where he presents his creative works of anarchist theatrical performance, ranging from dance theater, physical theater, and installation performance to forum theater and conceptual art, which continue to influence the younger generation’s resistance. He has published books such as The Theatre of RetreatsMyths in Action, and How to Create Yourself. 2021 saw the publication of an anthology of his plays. It collects four representative works he wrote in the 1980s and 1990s, including The Owl in the HouseFashion StreetSqueeze, and Margin Upstairs.