Theatre in Wales

The latest theatre, dance and performance news

Performers and Artists for Workshop Residency, Cardiff 5-25 January 2004     

Dream Regime

"We are becoming aware of places in the world where people are incarcerated, and whose screams are unheard. Through the international exchange of our stage works, we aim to escape hostility towards difference and fear of the "other" and be emancipated from "history's madness", in order to realize our dreams." - Shinjin Shimizu, Artistic Director, Gekidan Kaitaisha

From 5 - 25 January 2004, Gekidan Kaitaisha ("theatre of deconstruction"), from Tokyo, Japan will lead a 3 week residency workshop at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff with 15 artists to include a public presentation on Saturday 24 January 2004 at Chapter Theatre.

Founded in 1985, Gekidan Kaitaisha are one of Japan's most acclaimed experimental theatre groups who since their radical studio theatre work, Tokyo Ghetto in 1995, have performed at festivals and venues worldwide.

The performances of Gekidan Kaitaisha incorporate a rigorous physical theatre working alongside video, sound and light artists to create stage works based on an acute criticism of contemporary society.

Dream Regime considers hidden histories of cultural diversity in 20th century Asia and the world in an age of continuing migration and globalization. Its aim is to stimulate dialogues and reflect upon contemporary intercultural arts practice through practical workshop, study and discussion, that begins the creation of a new stage performance by Gekidan Kaitaisha in 2005.

The daily programme for the first two weeks will include morning training classes with Kaitaisha, afternoon workshops, lectures and discussions in collaboration with the invited artists and on some days evening talks, presentations and film screenings. The third week will consist of preparation for the public work-in-progress performance, and will be open to those participants who wish to take part.

Chapter Arts Centre invites proposals from performers, artists, writers, film-makers aged over 18 years to participate in the workshop. The public presentation on 24 January will be created as a collaborative work-in-progress performance and need not include all 15 participants as performers. Accommodation in Cardiff will be provided for the duration of the residency as required. Applications are encouraged from recently graduating artists and artists from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Please submit a cv with an accompanying letter and any supporting materials explaining why you are interested in participating in Dream Regime.

Dream Regime is produced by Chapter Theatre, Cardiff, Gekidan Kaitaisha, and the Japan Foundation with the support of the Arts Council of Wales,and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Please send your application or address any queries to James Tyson, Theatre Programmer, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff / tel. 029 20311050 /
email: or by post to Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE. Application deadline 31 October 2003.
web site
James Tyson
Thursday, October 02, 2003back



Older news stories have been carefully archived.
2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999


Privacy Policy | Contact Us | ©2013 keith morris / red snapper web designs /