Tramedautore - One hundred years of chinese architecture

Touring production

A most elegant piece, both post-dramatic and multimedia, which tells of a century of Chinese architecture through the stories of two couples divided by almost a century.

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

Following the success of "Il Teatro delle Regione (Regional Theatre)" (21 – 26 July), the Tramedautore Festival returns for its traditional international September appointment, this year dedicated to China and its grand transformations.

The review will host eight productions by established and up-and-coming Chinese artists, who through their various styles tell of urban life in the Chinese megalopolises of Beijing, Shanghai, Nanking and Hong Kong: Cent'anni di architettura cinese (11 and 12 September, a play in original language with surtitles); Fake Single (13 September); Leave before getting old (15 September); Contratto matrimoniale (16 September); Wildboar - Il cinghiale  (17 September); La Fuga (18 September); Cinglish - Cinglese  (19 September); Carbone attivo (20 September).

Alongside the performances there will be opportunities to meet the artists, conferences on the themes of the review and film screenings. Click here for the programme.

In collaboration with Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office – Brussels, Eric C. Yim, Ronald Lu & Partners -呂元祥建築師事務 – The Italian Institute of Culture Beijing, Istituto Confucio dell’Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione Italia – Cina, O barra O Edizioni, The Chinese theatre workshop of the Università "L'Orientale", Naples, created by the sinologist Maria Cristina Pisciotta.

A most elegant piece, both post-dramatic and multimedia, which tells of a century of Chinese architecture through the stories of two couples divided by almost a century. One story is of Liang Sicheng, the father of modern Chinese architecture, and his wife Lin Huiyin, the first female architect in China, who dedicated their lives to the conservation of the country's architectural heritage. The other is that of Zhang Xin and her husband Pan Zhiyi, two construction magnates who introduced a new, speculative concept of urban development in their country.

Mathias Woo (1968), Artistic co-director and executive director of Zuni Icosahedron, Woo is a scriptwriter, director, and producer as well as curator. He has written over 60 original theatrical works which have been staged in Beijing, Nanking, Shanghai, Suzhou, Tokyo, Singapore, Taipei, Berlin, Brussels and Cracow. His works explore literature, history, architecture, religion and current affairs. His most recent productions include Red Rose White Rose, Eighteen Springs, 1587 – A Year of No Significance, Hua-Yen Sutra, East Wing West Wing, Tang Xianzhu's Dream on Dreams, and Tale of The Forbidden City. Since 2009, Woo has curated "Architecture is Art Festival", a unique event aimed at highlighting the artistic value of Hong Kong architecture.

An international company of experimental theatre based in Hong Kong and directed by Danny Yung and Mathias Woo, founded in 1982. Since its creation, Zuni has produced over 200 works including theatrical and multimedia performances and video installations. Zuni is one of the most important companies in Hong Kong and has also made a name for itself as an important organisation for experimental theatre, carrying out tours in over 60 cities in Europe, Asia and America.

This production has been created and brought to Italy thanks to the contribution of:
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels
Eric C. Yim
Ronald Lu & Partners

The Zuni Icosahedron company is supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 

The Playbill

Piccolo Teatro Grassi, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September, 8.30 pm
written and directed by Mathias Woo, script and plot by Mathias Woo
dramaturgy by Jimmy Ngai
consultancy by Prof. Ho Puay Peng
with Kao Jo-shan Tsuei Tai-hao

In original language with surtitles in Italian