Sept.28-Dec.12, 2021 — Theatre, Dance
Residency location: Zurich
Partner organization: Theatre Hora
Born in 1990, Wang Mengfan works as an independent theater director and choreographer in Beijing. She studied History of Art and Dance Studies in China and Germany.
Since 2015, Wang has been working with different groups of people in her dance theater projects, including old ladies, children and retired ballet dancers. During the creative process, she wanted to help them explore their own performative expression in the theater and to understand how those bodies were shaped by different aesthetics and ideologies. Her theater works were invited to VIE Festival Bologna, Beijing Fringe Festival, Wuzhen Theater Festival, etc.
Wang has conducted artist residencies in Shanghai, Berlin and Copenhagen. She is selected as “Dance Hopeful (Hoffnungsträger)” by German dance magazine tanz in its yearbook 2018.
During her residency, Wang will continue her research focusing on “abled/disabled bodies” in different cultural contexts. Through visiting local artist groups (such as Theater HORA) she would like to reconsider how different bodies are choreographed as “problem” in the context of dance. She will present her observations through text, video and body at the end of the residency.