How to construct a Story-Telling Theater - The 4th Beijing Nanluoguxiang Performing Arts Festival

2013-06-26 14:30 - 2013-07-06 21:30

How to construct a Story-Telling Theater - The 4th Beijing Nanluoguxiang Performing Arts Festival

When: Jun 26 - Jul 6 2013
Where: Fashion Theatre/Penghao Theatre

Ruth Kanner

Ruth Kanner


Chinese and Israel creation workshop
Concept by Ruth Kanner
Conducted by Ruth Kanner and Ren Ming Young


Ruth Kanner,has been the creator of experimental theatre productions since the early 80's. Currently she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Theater Arts of Tel Aviv University, Israel, and leads Ruth Kanner Theatre Group, associated with the Bat Sheva Dance Company, Tel Aviv. Ruth Kanner Theatre group is an experimental and unique theater team, specializing in adapting literary and documentary texts to the stage, using a variety of innovative story-telling theater and movement techniques. Along the productions created by Kanner with her group, Kanner is a guest director of Theater X-Cai, Tokyo, Japan.

Ren Ming Young

Ren Ming Young

Ren Ming Young
(born 1982) is a Chinese writer, theatre director, filmmaker and singer-songwriter. His highly stylized theatre productions like "At This Time Next Year", "Look Back Suddenly", "Bon Bon Bon" and "Le You Yuan", made him a distinctive avant-garde theatre artist in China.


Forms of the Workshop
Story-telling theater exposes means of expression that are unique to the language of the stage. The struggle to translate a text that has not been originally created for the stage to the language of the theater provides an opportunity, for directors, actors and other people involved in the theatrical creation, to expand the limits of their craft and explore new, imaginative ways of creating.

This workshop will center on creative individual and group theatrical work with literary and personal stories. We shall explore the mechanisms of transforming narrative (non-drama) texts into stage events. In the course of this process, deep structures and hidden meanings of the text are being exposed, different layers of time-space are materialized on stage and unexpected connections between word, human voice, sound, movements, objects and stage images are being formed.

We will work with "Snowy Night", a short story written by Chinese writer Duanmu Hongliang in 1930s.

The concepts and stage techniques to be introduced have been applied by Ruth Kanner in adapting a variety of different types of texts to the stage. This workshop has been conducted in Israel, Japan, India, UK, USA, and more.


Fashion Theatre
Tel: 010-57223900
Add: 3 floor of the Cultural Center, 111 East Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Penghao Theatre
Tel: 010-64006472 / 010-64006452
Add: No.35 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokounan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing


*Information provided by Penghao Theatre

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