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1. International Symposium on Contemporary Asian Theatre

December 2022 - December 2022

Between Asia and Europe, Between Local Specificity and Global Recognition

The 1st International Symposium on Contemporary Asian Theatre
Ying Ming Theater group

Date: December 8-9
, 2022
Location: Hannah Vogt Hall, Wilhelmspl. 3, 37073 Göttingen
Livestream via Zoom Online **until Dec. 7**

  • initiating new projects of diversity and inclusion for theatre artists from Asian cultural backgrounds
  • creating a plan to improve the onboarding process for Asian art migrants
  • establishing a platform of communication about, within, and beyond Asian artistic communities
  • developing a list of ideas on how Asian artists can raise funds in order to present their respective works internationally
  • elaborating possibilities for new ways of celebrating the creative achievements of artists from an Asian background

The symposium will take place on Dec. 8th and 9th in a hybrid format. It consists of three keynote speeches and two conference thematic sessions open to registered audiences, with a roundtable meant to summarize the panel discussions. The symposium will provide an online artist forum for artists to discuss the issues of interest to them in the context of global artistic communication. Scholars from the University of Göttingen and the University of Cambridge will cohost a workshop to explore the possibility of theatre in virtual space. A scholar and performance artist from the University of California in Berkeley will conduct an online workshop on voice and body in performing art.



  • Urban Development and Theatre in Emerging Countries
  • Cross-border and Cross-cultural Interaction in Theatre
  • Trans-locality and the Migration of Artistic Communities
  • Ecological Sustainability in Theatre
  • Performative Intergenerational Dialogue
  • Theatre Arts and Technological Integration
  • Arts Funding and Aesthetic Self-ignition
  • Directing Contemporary Theatre in Asia
  • Traditions and Revivals in Asian Theatre
  • Tendencies in Playwriting


Speakers (Short Bios):

  • Amelie Deuflhard, Theatre Producer, Artistic Director of Kampnagel Theatre in Hamburg, Awardee of the Theatrepreis Berlin 2022
  • Nurkan Erpulat, Theatre Director, Writer,  Artistic Advisory Board Member of Gorki Theatre in Berlin, Head of the Directing Department at the Bavarian Academy for Performing Arts in Regensburg
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kyoko Iwaki, Critic, Assoc. Prof. of Theatre and Performance Studies, the University of Antwerp, Co-programmer of Theatre der Welt 2023 Frankfurt
  • Xiaoyi Liu, Artistic Director of Emergency Stairs in Singapore, Artist-in-residence at Zuni Icosahedron
  • Aine Nakamura, Singer, Performer, Composer, Ph.D. Program in Composition, the University of California, Berkeley
  • Dan Thy Nguyen, Theatre Director, Actor, Writer, and Singer based in Hamburg
  • Ming Poon, Berlin-based Dancer, Choreographer, and Initiator of the Asian Performing Arts Lab
  • Prof. Dr. Octavian Saiu, Scholar, Professional Theatre Critic, Hong Kong Metropolitan University
  • Prof. Dr. Deepan Sivaraman, Director, Scenographer, Professor at School of Culture and Creative Expressions at Ambedkar University in Delhi, Curator of the International Theatre Festival of Kerala – 2023
  • WANG Chong, Theatre Director, Founder of Théatre du Rêve Expérimental
  • Ronja von Wurmb-Seibel, Author, Filmmaker, Journalist
  • Nick Rongjun Yu, Playwright, Artistic Director of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Vice President of Shanghai Performing Arts Group
  • Miao Zhao, Theatre Director, Founder of Theatre SanTuoQi


Chair (Short Bio): 

  • Dr. Yumin Ao, Researcher, Theatre Practitioner, the University of Göttingen

Coordinators (Short Bios):

  • Yinfu Gao, MA student in Applied Theatre, the University of Gießen
  • Aine Nakamura, Singer, Performer, Composer, Ph.D. student in Musical Composition, the University of California, Berkeley
  • Jing Wang Thomas, Scenographer, Stage Designer, Ph.D. student in Arts and Technology, the University of Cambridge
  • Wei Arianne Wang, Theatre composer, Translator, Founder of Erised Theatre Laboratorium, MA Student in Theatre Studies, Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris

Click the Hyperlink for a Timetable

Symposium Structure:

Keynote Speeches: Nick Rongjun Yu; Prof. Deepan Sivaraman; Prof. Octavian Saiu ➡️

Thematic Sessions: Global Recognition; Local Specificity ➡️

Artist Forum — A “Common Room” for Europe-based Asian Artists: Contemporary, Collaboration, Community ➡️

Workshops: 1. Virtual Reality and Theatre on the Play Copenhagen 2. Finding the Communal through Transborder Art – Voice, Bodies, Stories ➡️


Application for Artist Forum:

  • Thank you for being interested in the Artists Forum. If you are an artist of Asian origin and are based in Europe, if you want to participate in the Artists Forum and converse with other artists about common issues through a pragmatic approach, please apply via Google Formular and submit the requested materials. Application deadline: Nov. 20th, 2022.


Audience Registration:  

  • Thank you for your interest in the keynote speeches, conference sections, and workshops of the symposium. If you want to physically or digitally join the different parts of the symposium as an audience, please fill in the registration form and submit it. The registration deadline is Dec. 7th, 2022.



  • Hannah Vogt Hall. Conference and Event Center at Alte Mensa, the University of Göttingen, Wilhelmspl. 3, 37073 Göttingen
  • The Conference and Event Center is located in the center of Göttingen,  just a 14 minutes walk from the railway station. Alte Mensa, Germany’s first canteen went into operation in 1922, ceased operations in 2009 after 87 years, and is now a conference and event center of the university.
  • When you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.






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Ying Ming Theater – The Chinese Theater in Göttingen
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