Eternity on a Transient stage – A Theatre Masterclass with Stan Lai
How does Stan Lai create and direct a theatre production? What are his methodologies? What are his inspirations? What are his springs of creativity that he draws from to create his acclaimed theatre productions? Do not miss this rare opportunity to learn from Stan Lai, world-acclaimed theatre director and playwright!
Stan Lai has been described as the most celebrated Chinese language playwright/ director in the world, renowned not only for creating some of the most memorable works of the contemporary Chinese stage, but also creating bold new genres and staging innovations. Lai has continually pioneered new horizons in modern Chinese theatre, writing of the beauty and frailty of the human spirit, expressed through unforgettable characters and imaginative structures. China’s most prominent critic Yu Qiuyu says that Lai’s work “always has the ability to touch the heartstrings of countless audiences.” His most famous work Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land (1986), which combines tragedy and comedy in a most creative way, has toured worldwide, been made into an award-winning film (1992), and in 2007 was chosen as one of the top ten Chinese plays of the 20th century. His recent play The Village (2008), about migrants from the Chinese civil war, is the most acclaimed Chinese work of the current decade, and has been called “the pinnacle of our era of theatre” by the Beijing News.
Lai’s “crosstalk” plays, starting with the groundbreaking That Evening, We Performed Cross-talk (1985) have virtually forged a new theatrical genre. These hugely popular works have resuscitated the dying traditional performing art form of cross-talk. His epic eight hour A Dream Like A Dream (2000) has been called “a masterpiece” of modern Chinese drama, and has drawn comparisons to Peter Brook’s Mahabharata.
Combining lectures and practical sessions spread over two days, Stan Lai will share with participants his theatre experiences of over 30 years in this masterclass.
How to register?
Please submit your application online and attach your CV, as well as other relevant supporting documents (if any). Registrations are deemed complete
only with the submission of all relevant supporting documents for review.
The deadline for application is 15 Dec 2011, Thu, 6pm.
This masterclass will be open to only 30 selected applicants. Participants who meet the eligibility criteria will be enrolled on a first-come-first-served basis. Shortlisted candidates will be notified via email or phone by 21 Dec 2011, Wed and will also be informed then on the payment details.
For any enquiries pertaining to the masterclass, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Arts Council Arts Professional Development Grant (APDG)
Selected participants who fulfill the following pre-requisites / criteria are encouraged to apply for a $100 subsidy under NAC’s APDG. You must:
a) Be a Singaporean or permanent resident
Participants who wish to benefit from the APDG must submit a post-programme evaluation within 2 months of completing the programme (the $100 will be reimbursed after the report is submitted to NAC).
Participants can apply for the grant by indicating “Yes” or “No” in the masterclass registration form, and hence do not need submit a separate application to NAC.
27 – 28 Dec 2011, Tue – Wed
10am – 6pm on both days
(lunch break: 12 30pm – 2pm)
Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
(Meet at Esplanade Theatre Studio entrance, Level 4, 15mins before start time)
This masterclass is only open to theatre practitioners (preferably with directing experiences), theatre students, film students or professionals working in the creative industries. Participants must be aged 18 and above.
$200 (not inclusive of meals)