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International Collaborations

In May 2006 Liminal Theatre and Performance was invited by Professor Gu Yian, director of Shanghai International Performance Arts Research Centre to further research its training by working with second year students at Shanghai Theatre Academy.This project was supported by Asialink.

The students underwent 6 weeks training which culminated in a open rehearsal / showing to the whole academy and interested artists from Shanghai.The training was conducted by Robert Draffin

Since an ongoing relationship has been forged with SIPARC and the academy.In April/ May / June 2007 a Shakespeare project was undertaken by Mary Sitarenos and Professor Gu Yian culminating in a full production of Macbeth.

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Liminal Theatre and Performance with assistance from the Australia China Council and the Hong Kong Arts Development Fund worked for 4 weeks with OnandOn Theatre Company at the Cattle Depot Artists Village in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Robert Draffin, Mary Sitarenos, Paul Robertson and Claire Nicholls worked with 20 actors from Hong Kong and Taiwan, sharing Liminal’s actor training and theatre making processes. It was a daily training practice from 10am - 5 pm culminating in a studio performance of sections from a new Chinese translation of the Greek play Oedipus.

The training and performance was in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.

The 1001 Malam Acting Project, funded by Erasmus came from an initiative of Sardono Kusumo, Rektor of Institut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ). Sardono invited Liminal Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director, Robert Draffin and Slamet Rahardjo, Director of Theatre Popular, to hold an intensive 8 week acting workshopat Theatre Popular Sanggar in Jakarta .

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The aim was to engage Indonesian performers in a process drawn from both contemporary and traditional arts practice, using the stories of the 1001 Nights as inspiration. The actors were selected from students and alumni of IKJ, as well as independent performers in Jakarta and the wider Jalarta area. 60 actors began the process in August 2007. and 20 were chosen in November 2007 to create a public showing.

A collaboration between Liminal Theatre, Teatre Popular, and Insitut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ).

After the highly successful 1001 Malam acting workshop in 2007,Slamet Rahardjo and Robert Draffin held three writing sessions in Jakarta during 2008 and 2009. Taking stories from the 1001 Nights and adapting them within traditional and contemporary Javanese contexts, Rahardjo and Draffin fused the classic Arabic tales with Javanese mythology and set them against the Tembang, a traditional Javanese song cycle.

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