China’s Theatre on a Global Path: International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Theatre and Migration – School of Literature, Art and Media China’s Theatre on a Global Path: International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Theatre and Migration – School of Literature, Art and Media

China’s Theatre on a Global Path: International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Theatre and Migration

China’s Theatre on a Global Path — International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Theatre and Migration

About this Event

Presented by Flying House Assembly and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, USYD in association with the USU

Venue: Wallace Lecture Theatre, Science Rd, The University of Sydney

( You can enter the via the top of the theatre from Science Rd, or via the side doors at the bottom of the theatre from Western Avenue )

Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Door open: 17:00pm

Forum: 17:30-19:00pm

China’s burgeoning wealth is transforming the Western society in aspects beyond politics: education, culture, food, finance, environmental issues and so on. As more and more Chinese pursue education and employment overseas, the new generation of Chinese immigrants has gained a global mindset and understanding of democratic culture.

These young and passionate Chinese theatre makers are striving to create new narratives based on their individual experiences. Their works challenge conventional social criticisms and weighty burdens are often found in stories about contemporary China.

This August, as Sydney welcomes the Australian premiere of A DEAL by China’s leading female playwright Zhu Yi, Flying House Assembly presents the forum with the cast and creatives of A DEAL, scholars and international artists.

By taking a glimpse into the lives of a handful of individuals whose stories paint a portrait of a society in flux, we hope to create an open space for people to express dissenting opinions about contemporary China, global migration and theatre-making.


Panel guest:

Ian Maxwell——Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies the University of Sydney. Ian Maxwell is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama, where he majored in Directing. Subsequent to that training, he embarked upon academic work at the University of Sydney, where he completed his PhD – an ethnography of Hip Hop culture in the suburbs of Sydney in the 1990s – in 1997.

Zhu Yi——Writer of A DEAL, a New York-based playwright and screenwriter, born and raised in Shanghai, China. MFA in playwriting, Columbia University. First Prize winner at 2015 World Sinophone Drama Competition, Shanghai Drama Valley’s 2015 Outstanding Playwright of the Year Award, a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s International Playwrights Programme.

Fabrizio Massini—— Performing arts producer, Curator and Dramaturg. Artistic Director at Ibsen International (Norway) where he curates and manages the Ibsen in China program. Guest lecturer at institutions including the Danish National School of Performing Arts, National Theatre Company of China, Shanghai Theatre Academy and others. Fabrizio collaborated with several European and Chinese organizations including Beijing Fringe Festival, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Guangzhou Dance Festival, Odin Teatret (Denmark), Centrale Fies (Italy).

Shi Kai Zhang——Actor, TV & Radio presenter, Cast member in A DEAL. One of of the earliest member of Cathay playhouse, a Sydney local mandarin Chinese theatre drama group. SK has part of many Cathay’s early productions. Aside from theatre work, SK has also worked in a number of short films.


Shiya Lu——Director of A DEAL (Australian Premiere), founder of Flying House Assembly. Born in China, Shiya has lived and worked in different countries in Europe and Asia. She has collaborated with artists from various cultural and disciplinary backgrounds at festivals and cultural organisations including Helsinki Festival, Ibsen International, Exit Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival. She is a member of the European Festival Association’s Festival Academy. She also writes articles for many Chinese-language publications—including MIND Magazine, Culture & Arts Weekly, and


The Australian premiere of playwright Zhu Yi’s A Deal will be presented at the Chippen Street Theatre from 22 to 31 August.


Aug 20 2019


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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Wallace Theatre
Western Avenue, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
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