Mar.14-24, 2018 — Theatre
Residency location: Lausanne
Huang Jiadai and Wen Hui were invited to attend programmes of Festival International des Arts de la Scene de Lausanne, organized by Théâtre de Vidy. During their short visit, they had in-depth exchanges with the theatre directors and artists and explored intentions of upcoming cooperation.
Ophelia Huang Jiadai
Ophelia Huang is Head of International in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC) and Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival. Ophelia is an experienced cultural manager active in performing arts and international cultural collaboration, with an interest in cultural policy. She started her professional career as an arts journalist/editor in one of the most influential arts magazines in China. From 2003 to 2006 she managed Artist Links, an Arts Council England/British Council pioneer project of artistic exchange between China and the UK. She then worked in British Council for 9 years planning and managing arts projects in China, before she joined Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, the only national theatre company based in Shanghai with seven performance spaces. Her role includes programming and producing ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival as well as managing international network and collaborations for SDAC.
Ophelia also maintains her own creative practice as a dramaturg, writer and performance artist. She has presented her work in festivals such as Forest Fringe (UK), Dadao Live Art Festival (China), and in theatres and art museums in China and abroad. She graduated from University of Warwick(UK) and University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) with MAs in theatre and performance studies.
Wen Hui is one of the great modern dance choreographers in China. Originally a Chinese folk dancer in Yunnan, she attended the Department of Choreography of the Beijing Dance Academy from 1985 to 1989, and has since been a choreographer and dancer in the Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble of China. In 1994, Wen Hui and the filmmaker Wu Wenguang cofounded China’s first independent dance theatre company, Living Dance Studio.
She has studied Western modern dance at the Limon Institute, the Erick Haukins School of Dance, the Trisha Brown Company Workshop, the Foikwang-Hochschüle Dance School and Pina Bausch’s dance company in 1994 and 1995. With the support of the Asian Cultural Council, she also studied aspects of modern dance in New York in 1997. Since 1995, Wen Hui and Wu Wenguang have been invited regularly to perform in the USA, UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Portugal, Korea, the Philippines and other countries. Other works of note include Breath with Earth (1996), Dining with 1997 (1996), Skirt (1996), Go Out and Come In (1997), Face (1997), Scene: Skirt, Video (1998), and Dining with 1999 (1999). (Written by LIN WEI-YÜ)