Shanghai Winter Institute 2012

Winter Institute 2012: Performing Shanghai
January 5th through 20th
Hosted by Shanghai Theatre Academy and
Co-sponsored by Brown, NYU, Princeton & Yale Universities

Scholars, practitioners, and students from the US and China will be gathering in Shanghai to
explore the physical, theoretical, and theatrical geographies of contemporary performance,
and to contribute to this city's ongoing transformation, sharing experiences from other
metropolises and other traditions. This event is not just about Shanghai. It's about the
macrocosmic shifts and potentials coming to light here on this unusual stage.

Topics of lectures, seminars, and workshops will cover:
• the creative process in the theatre
• community culture
• urban planning and event planning
• intercultural performance

Faculty will include:
• Rebecca Schneider (Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown), Jill Dolan
(Director, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Professor, English and
Theater, Princeton), and Stacy Wolf (Professor, Theater, Princeton) on Feminist
Theatre/Performance Studies
• Other Brown faculty: Eric Ehn on Writing for Performance Across Media; Eng-Beng
Lim on Lost in Translation: Asian American Texts in Intercultural Perspective; Kym
Moore on Stage Movement: Presence in Performance; Michelle Bach-Coulibaly on
Inner Necessities: Movement-Based Improvisation
• Richard Schechner (University Professor, NYU; editor, TDR: The Drama Review, a
Journal of Performance Studies) on Rasabox
• Other NYU faculty: Carol Martin on Documentary Theatre
• James Bundy (Dean, Yale School of Drama; Artistic Director, Yale Repertory Theatre)
on Acting Checkhov
• Other Yale faculty: Wendall Harrington on Projection Design; Catherine Sheehy on
Comic Theories and How Dramaturgs Work with Playwrights; Jessica Wolf on
Alexander Technique
• Wu Zhiqiang (General Architect, 2010 World Expo Park; Vice President, Tongji
University) on Designing World Expo
• Li Tiangang (Professor, Fudan University) on The Intercultural History of Shanghai
• Ye Changhai (China's foremost scholar of the history of Chinese opera, Chair of
STA's Academic Committee) on Chinese Opera Today and Beyond
• Guo Yu (Dean of STA's Chinese Opera College) on Community Performative Culture.
• Weng Minhua (Professor, Shanghai Normal University) on An Ancient Women’s
Festival Revisited/Revived
Selected lectures and presentations will be published in the STA issue of TDR, to be
edited by TDR Consortium Editor William Huizhu Sun.

During both weekends, STA will offer guided site-specific events:
• A visit to two rural towns near Shanghai. 1. Jinze, an anthropologically experimental
site recognized for its revival of and innovation in green living, where we will observe
reconstructed ritual performances. 2. the canal town Zhujiazhao, where we will see
performance art "Water Music," composed and designed by the world-renowned
composer/conductor/director Tan Dun, including a talk with him.
• A trip to the historical city of culture, Hangzhou, where we will see Beijing opera
Oedipus Rex, and/or the Yue opera Hedda Gabler, with an all-female cast.
Scheduling will be flexible so as to provide opportunities for international and Chinese
professors and students to share their experiences informally and explore possibilities for
future joint projects and collaboration.

Students can participate for course credit if they choose. There is enrolment capacity for up
to 60 students, international and Chinese. Tuition fees for students from the five sponsoring
universities will be waived. Students from other universities can participate for a nominal
tuition fee of US $2,000 and outstanding students may apply for scholarship support from
the Academy. Hotel stays can be arranged for students by STA staff at a cost of
approximately $25 per person per day in a double room. Meal subsidy will be provided for

Deadline of application: November 15, 2011

Application form.doc

Contact person:
Karen Wang; Tel: 86-21-6248-5215; Fax: 86-21-6248-5596
Richard Schechner Center for Performance Studies
Shanghai Theatre Academy
630 Huashan Road
Shanghai 200040

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