The Force of Mortality and Urban Villages Futurism of Butterfly Island 蝴蝶岛死亡力与城中村未来主义
Speaker: Sun Xiaoxing
Venue: Zoom 686 4710 3798
Time: Nov. 16th, 2023. 13: 00 CET / 20: 00 Beijing Time
Language: Chinese with English translation
The dramaturgy Sun Xiaoxing will base his analysis of the tragic nature and multiple futures presented in “Butterfly Island” on his article “The Force of Mortality and Urban Villages Futurism of The Butterfly Island”. He will dissect the metaphor of the ephemerality of the butterfly’s brief life and youth, as well as the coexisting splendor and despair of the young lives on the island, and their circumstance of being both detached from and connected to the world. Moreover, by analyzing the significance implied in the “relocation” from the premiere in Hong Kong to the performance in urban villages in Shenzhen, he will explore the shift from a Sinofuturism tinged with Techno-Orientalism or Techno-Nationalism to a pluralistic Urban Villages Futurism.
Sun Xiaoxing, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Central Academy of Drama and a Ph.D. candidate at Shanghai Theatre Academy, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Drama, Film and Television at Tianjin Conservatory of Music. As a playwright, director, and artist, he has developed a series of works under the concept of “Cyber Theatre”, and was invited to Festival/Tokyo, Kyoto Experiment, OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, New Art Fest in Lisbon, CPH Stage, Low Fat Art Fes in Bangkok, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai Biennale, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Beijing Fringe Festival, Aranya Theatre Festival etc. As a dramaturgy, he has collaborated with New Youth Group, Ergao Dance Production Group etc. As a curator, he curated Sphinx Metaverse Theatre Festival “4399. Paradise: To the Dying Web 2.0 Era”, and Contemporary Theatre Biennale 2018 Performance Unit “Sceno Place” Public Space Performance Series “Glitch and Error” etc.