The inaugural Asia-Pacific Traditional Opera Forum (亞太地區戲曲交流論壇) will be held from Aug. 23 through Sept. 1 in Yilan as part of a warmup series leading to the official opening of the Xiqu Center of Taiwan (台灣戲曲中心) in the coming year.
The forum will bring together talented individuals to cultivate the future development of Chinese and contemporary opera. Sessions will focus on exploring the merits of both traditional and modern operatic pieces.
Organized by the National Center for Traditional Arts, the forum is looking for 10 participants each for two session categories ― "Creativity” and "Planning and Management.”
The Creativity session will explore the possibilities of combining traditional opera with modern theater from the perspective of directors and writers. The Planning and Management session, on the other hand, will be developing the techniques of opera arrangement and marketing. Additional lectures will also be provided for all participants to exchange ideas.
Experienced performance artists and theater professionals from Asia-Pacific nations such as China, Hong Kong, and Japan will also participate in the event. The organizers hope to assist the overall development of traditional opera in terms of managing, cultivating, and collaborating on an international basis. Furthermore, tours will be arranged for participants to understand Taiwanese culture.
There are 20 slots available and the submission deadline is by 5pm on Aug. 17, 2015. All applicants are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an opera-related field. The forum will cover accommodation, food, and transportation costs (not applicable for airfare).
Asia-Pacific Traditional Opera Forum
Co-organized by the NCFTA and PAAP