IRCCA invites renowned theatre director Cao Kefei, who combines installation, image and performance, to contribute her cross-border theatre events. The representative works include "On the Road", "Endstation- Beijing", "Strindberg’s Love Letter". She also translated German scripts into Chinese many times and adapted them to Chinese reality, such as Thomas Bernhard's "Force of Habit", Marius von Mayenburg's "Fireface" and Dea Loher’s "The Last Fire". In German speaking countries, "In the Middle of Sky", "Together" and "Chang’E" were staged. In recent years, Cao Kefei has participated in the creation of a series of Documentary Theatre works in the theatres of China and Germany, such as "People's Republic/Volkswagen", "International Top Secret" and “Fleeing by Night", a performative installation work co-authored by refugee youth in Berlin. Because of her life and work experience in different countries, she uses an international and multiple perspective to observe the world and create. She has always retained her sensitivity to the current society and her exploration of new theatre forms, and constantly proposed innovative works. She also allows more people to get involved and experience theatre through workshops. She was a visiting professor at the Department of Applied Theatre in University of Giessen, Germany, and disseminated her theatre concept in universities.
This workshop is based on “The Invisible ……” the theme taken from "Invisible Cities", the Italian writer Calvino's novel. It is an opportunity to continue Documentary Theatre through different media such as body, sound and vision to explore, deduce and record the participants' life theatre constructed by individual experience. Here, participants will experience how to break the conventional boundaries between different artistic media, between real life and artistic creation, between performance and viewing, and how to develop pieces of works originating from each individual and transcending the individual through physical exercises, communication, narration, creation and cooperation. Finally, the director will bring together these fragments into a collective performance.
The workshops will take place from November 10, 2018 to November 19th and at 2 p.m. on November 20th there will be a workshop presentation. The performance will take place in the library of the Geely University in Beijing, which recalls the ancient church style architecture in Rome.
The "Map and Territory" international art exhibition project is supported and sponsored by Geely University, Beijing. Special thanks to the school of Humanities and design, Department of External and Communication.