Blog, Edition 2016, TC 2016

Zhao Chuan

Writer/Curator/Theater Director, Shanghai

Zhao Chuan is a writer, curator and theatre director, who creates alternative, political theatre in Shanghai. He is the founding member and mastermind of the important Chinese theatre collective Grass Stage since 2005. Grass Stage events made use of a wide range of venues and situations for performances and discussions, are not only spaces for bringing together diverse elements of society, but also provide, in a country relatively lacking in opportunities for public participation, a fluid and varied range of public social spaces. His theatre works were performed in many Chinese cities as well as in outside of China. He has been awarded several international literature awards, including the Unita Prize for New Novelists (Taiwan 2001). His recent publications include: On Radical Art: the 80s Scene in Shanghai (author, Shanghai Sanlian Bookshop Publishing 2014, won Nomination Award in art publications from 9th Award of Art China 2015), The Body At Stake: Experiments in Chinese Contemporary Art and Theatre (co-editor, author, Transcript 2013)