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Selection for Folding the Axis: Seeking New Cultural Exchange Formats

Folding the Axis: Sound and Fury

Folding the Axis

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced mobility and hindered the connection and exchange with art practitioners from other corners of the world. In this unprecedented time, the rules of the cultural sector are tested, and art activities of the year being shelved. Since June 2020, we have launched this open call as a channel to collect new formats of exchange, international networks or platforms, and experimental forms of artistic collaboration. Finally, we have selected 6 projects that provide ideas to sustain conversation in the times of pervading immobility.


“Sound and Fury International Playwrights Translation & Exchange Program” started in early 2020. This program aims to build an international platform for translation and cultural exchange of playwrights from China and abroad. The first round of the program was funded by the British Council and was officially launched in June 2020, with a series of activities including translation workshops, panels, play reading performances, etc. Five plays by four representative young British playwrights have been translated into Chinese, and more than 40 Chinese and English translators from China, the United Kingdom, the United States have participated in the project.

For the next step, they will launch the second round of the program in 2021. The works of several young playwrights from Switzerland will be translated into Chinese in the process. We will recruit a group of translators dedicated to translating and promoting Swiss plays and share the results of our work with the public through a series of activities. With the help of this project, we look forward to building a platform for in-depth exchanges between Swiss and Chinese playwrights.

About the team

The “Sound and Fury Play Reading Festival” is a platform for new writing and theatre practice, which was established in 2018. Through the joint creation, exchange, mutual sharpening and stimulation of young playwrights together, we hope to build a more open and dynamic theatre practice scene. Our creative team is composed of young playwrights, directors, actors and theatre practitioners.

(Banner image: Sound and Fury Festival 2020 ©Zhang Yi Lei)


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