The University of Göttingen would like to invite you to The 1st International Symposium on Contemporary Asian Theatre (ISCAT), December 8th-9th, 2022.  This hybrid symposium will take place in person at the University’s Hannah Vogt Hall and online via Zoom with a Live Stream.

The theme of this year’s symposium is Between Asia and Europe, Between Local Specificity and Global Recognition. This first symposium on Asian theatre in Göttingen intends to invite practitioners and theorists to engage in the dialogue about contemporary Asian Theatre. The theme of the symposium is “Between Asia and Europe, Between Local Specificity and Global Recognition.” Its speakers are theatre artists, curators, critics, and scholars from Japan, China, India, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Singapore. It also includes Europe-based speakers whose practices, investigations, or research are closely related to Asian theatre. The objectives of the symposium are to generate actionable ideas, including:

  • 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 consists of three keynote speeches and two thematic sessions open to registered audiences, with a roundtable to summarize the panel discussions on “local specificity” and “global recognition.” The symposium will provide an online artist forum for Europe-based Asian artists to discuss common issues of interest to them. It will set up an introductory webpage to showcase short biographies and creative works of artists. Scholars from the University of Göttingen and the University of Cambridge will cohost a workshop to explore the possibility of theatre in virtual reality. A film and TV producer based at the University of Heidelberg will demonstrate in a workshop how to establish the theatre archive and digitally restore the 1980s Chinese theatrical art. A scholar and performance artist from the University of California in Berkeley will conduct an online workshop on voice and body in performing art.


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
  • Prof. Dr. Xavier Le Roy, Dancer, Choreographer, Performance Artist, and Professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies,  the Justus Liebig University in Gissen
  • 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, and Writer, Manager of the Hamburg festival “fluctoplasma – 96h art discourse diversity,” Artistic Director of Studio Marshmallow
  • Ming Poon, Berlin-based Dancer, Choreographer, and Initiator of the Asian Performing Arts Lab
  • Prof. Dr. Octavian Saiu, Scholar, Professional Theatre Critic, President of the International Association of Theatre Leaders (IATL), Professor at Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Research Professor at Sibiu University
  • Assoc. Prof. Deepan Sivaraman, Director, Scenographer, Professor in Performance Art at the 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
  • Scarlet Yu, Performer, Choreographer
  • ZHAO Miao, Theatre Director, Founder of Theatre SanTuoQi


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