Of training, tokenism and productive misinterpretation: reflections on the After China project

Copeman, Peter and Scollen, Rebecca (2000) Of training, tokenism and productive misinterpretation: reflections on the After China project. Diaspora: Negotiating Asian Australia (65). pp. 35-43. ISSN 0314-769X

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Abstract

The theatrical adaptation of Brian Castro's novel, After China, was a substantial performance-as-research project undertaken at the Centre for Innnovation in the Arts, Queensland University of Technology, in 1997 and 1998. Over that period the script, devised by Peter Copeman, went through a total of seven drafts with dramaturgical input from Rod Wissler. The development process included in-house workshops, a showcase reading at the 1997 conference of Australasian Drama Studies Association, and a studio production involving staff and undergraduate students of the QUT Academy of the Arts. From this developed a professional production, directed by Rod Wissler, which toured to Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney in August 1998. Research activities associated with the professional production included a focus-group feedback session with the cast of seven concerning processes of cross cultural collaboration in the project and how these had impacted on, and been affected by, the individual and collective subjectivities of the cast members.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 2000 Copyright is vested in the Journal of Australian Studies. Apart from any fair dealing permitted according to the provisions of the Copyright Act, reproduction by any process of any parts of any work may not be undertaken without written permission from the editor, Journal of Australian Studies, and the consent of the individual author. Helen Gilbert, Tseen Khoo and Jacqueline Lo Diaspora: Negotiating Asian-Australia is an issue of the Journal of Australian Studies, no 65, and Australian Cultural History, no 19,2000.
Depositing User: Dr Rebecca Scollen
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:08
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 04:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-cultural collaboration; theatre; interculturalism; Chinese; European; Australian; focus group; identity
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2515

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