Wang Chong is an independent theater director, script translator, and promoter of contemporary performing arts. As Program Director of the Beijing International Fringe Festival, established in 2007, Mr. Wang oversees the largest festival of new theater works in China and contributes significantly to the dialogue in theater between China and the rest of the world through his translation of international scripts, books, and articles on theory and criticism. He began his studies at Peking University, from which he obtained a B.A. in economics and law. He then pursued graduate work at the University of Hawaii under Peking Opera specialist and ACC grantee Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczack (2003), and he received his M.A. in theater in 2007. Mr. Wang returned to China to create his own theater company, Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, which has toured to Singapore and Europe with funding from the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China.
Grants Awarded2012 | Theater | United States
ACC funding supported Mr. Wang to take part in a theater residency program in New York, where he met with fellow theater artists, conducted research, and participated in master classes and workshops in order to continue developing a genre he calls "post-Peking opera."
Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts is an artistic celebration of Australia's relationship with contemporary Asia. Vital, fresh and always unpredictable, Asia TOPA offers a city-wide window onto the creative imaginations fuelling the many cultures of the region.
The Asia Triennial of Performing Arts features numerous dance works from all over the region. China’s avant-garde Tao Dance Theatre performs two pieces from Tao Ye’s Straight Line Trilogy; in Eko Supriyanto’s Balabala, women combine dance with martial arts while his Cry Jailolo is a paean to endangered nature; Javanese music duo Senyawa together with Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc present Attractor, a “trance-noise odyssey”; and in Dancing with Death, Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun creates a space between life and afterlife inspired by the Phi Ta Khon ghost festival; and and the world premier of Wang Chong's "Little Emperors." Jen Shyu will have a solo recital on February 18.