The Art of Chinese Theatre:
When Tradition Meets Evolution

by Kuang-Yu Fong

[December 14, 2007]


Ms. Kuang-Yu Fong will share her story of why she chose to perform Chinese theater in  the United States. The mission of her company,  Chinese Theatre Works,  is to "preserve and promote classic Chinese theater through  performance, research and teaching; and to create new works that fuse Chinese theatrical aesthetics with contemporary western performance  methods and social concerns." 

This statement indicates Ms. Fong’s two major  artistic concerns, which are to hold onto and nurture tradition while  allowing for its growth and evolution in the new social environment of  the United States. Ms. Fong will illustrate this with examples from some of  Chinese Theatre Works' projects from the last decade, and will also talk some about the  process and difficulties of creating this kind of theatre with a small,  non-profit company.







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