NET/TEN Shareback: The Hinterlands - Chinese-English Performing Arts Management Lexicon

Fall 2015 Travel Grant Recipient

Liza Bielby of The Hinterlands (Detroit, MI) traveled to Chengdu, China to meet with experimental Sichuan opera playwright Xu Fen to share working practices, reflect upon their recent translation process, and to discuss and set up a framework for ongoing digital cross-disciplinary and cross-language collaboration with Xu for a new production called Enemies of the State.


The following is a Chinese-English lexicon outlining the performance art management systems in Mainland China and the U.S. as of early 2016. It is designed as a starting point of understanding for ensembles or individual artists to use with their international collaborators and can be expanded and built upon with your input.

-Liza Bielby

Chinese-English Performing Arts Management Lexicon

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(L to R) Bielby and Chengdu City Opera School teachers; Training with San Ren Xing in Zigong

Xu Fen explains the philosophy behind one of her operas


Ping Pong Productions - - a performing arts management company dedicated to linking Chinese and international artists through exchanges and collaborations. Director Alison Friedman, an American, is one of the most knowledgeable producers of contemporary Chinese performance (and how to navigate work in China) operating today.

WeChat -  - a messaging and social media platform that is the best way to communicate with Chinese artists, share photos, make phone calls, and make friends: must-have for the China-bound traveller.

Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroit - - an artist-run cultural center operating out of a bungalow home in Detroit, dedicated to exploring innovative platforms for cross-national collaboration between Detroit and Harare, Zimbabwe, established by Chido Johnson. From bi-national Skype dance parties with DJs mixing across oceans to postcard exchanges to ZCCD is an inspiration and model for affordable, sustainable and really cool international exchanges.


Liza Bielby
Co-Director, The Hinterlands
Twitter: @thehinterlands

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Monday, November 21, 2016

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